Highlighting PDFs

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Lady Finch
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Highlighting PDFs

Postby Lady Finch » Thu Aug 19, 2010 8:30 pm

For one of my classes my professor has assigned a lot of PDF files to read. Normally, if there were only a few, I would print them all so I could highlight them and mark them and all that, but there are too many and I have limited printing resources. Does anyone know of a program that will allow me to highlight PDFs of scanned books? I have tried a few I found on the internet and none of them have worked. Any advice would be great, thanks.

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Thomas Jefferson
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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby Thomas Jefferson » Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:38 am

This worked really well for me in undergrad:

http://download.cnet.com/PDF-XChange-Vi ... 98377.html

Lady Finch
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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby Lady Finch » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:40 am

It didn't work on the PDF I have, unless I am just not doing it right, but thanks. Anyone else know of any?

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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby 03121202698008 » Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:42 am

The permissions of those PDFs may prevent highlighting with the above software. You can try install a free PDF printer and printing your PDF to another PDF so it strips the restrictions. You can also import PDFs into circusponies or onenote and write on top.

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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby afa_brandon » Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:04 am

Thomas Jefferson wrote:This worked really well for me in undergrad:

http://download.cnet.com/PDF-XChange-Vi ... 98377.html


^^this.

not sure why it didn't work in your case (maybe permissions, as was mentioned), but this software is great for PDFs. You can comment, highlight in multiple colors, and do a littany of other functions i never knew were possible with pdfs.

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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby CyLaw » Fri Aug 20, 2010 8:27 am

blowhard wrote:The permissions of those PDFs may prevent highlighting with the above software. You can try install a free PDF printer and printing your PDF to another PDF so it strips the restrictions. You can also import PDFs into circusponies or onenote and write on top.


Could be restrictions, but I would also guess the pdf they have (since it is a scanned book) is not OCRed so there is no text but only image objects. When I had pdfs like this before instead of doing a highlight, I would draw a line under the text in different colors. If you can't do this, then it is as blowhard says and the pdf is protected. Else, it is because the pages are not OCRed, so you either have to underline like I mentioned, or OCR it yourself (which is what I do currently).

Lady Finch
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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby Lady Finch » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:55 pm

blowhard wrote:The permissions of those PDFs may prevent highlighting with the above software. You can try install a free PDF printer and printing your PDF to another PDF so it strips the restrictions. You can also import PDFs into circusponies or onenote and write on top.


This worked out really well, thanks for the advice. I am new to OneNote so I didn't even think to try it, but it does just what I wanted it to. Thanks again!

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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby paratactical » Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:56 pm

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Re: Highlighting PDFs

Postby Lady Finch » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:53 pm

paratactical wrote:If you have real Adobe Acrobat and not just the reader, you can just highlight in Acrobat.


Yeah I only have reader




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