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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 10:42 pm    Post subject: pdf reader for the 2020 Reply with quote

What pdf readers are you guys and gals using?

I've been using pdfjs that comes with Firefox. I've encountered some problems using it. I'd like to test out some pdf reader that conforms as much as possible to the pdf standard. But I'll take all the suggestions.

Thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use app-text/qpdfview and have been satisfied with it. I think the PDFs I read do not use many of the features in the standard, so I might not notice missing functionality.
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2020 11:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also use qpdfview. The only thing I find annoying is the text selector. Not very intuitive. I remember reading this was going to be improved but it's been quite a while now.
See : https://bugs.launchpad.net/qpdfview/+bug/958634

Otherwise Zathura is quite nice.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like and use qpdfview, too. :D

If someone is looking for a PDF editor, I can recommend PDF Studio. It runs under Linux, macOS and Windows. It is very powerful, but it costs money.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the more-complex PDF files I use the free version of PDF-XChange Editor in WINE. Works very well (including completing PDF forms and adding your written signature without having to print the form).

To install this Windows application under WINE:

$ export WINEPREFIX=$HOME/.wine-pdfxve8
$ winecfg # Select Windows 10.
$ cd .wine-pdfxve8/drive_c/
$ cp ~/Downloads/PDFXVE8.zip .
$ unzip PDFXVE8.zip
$ wine PDFXVE8.exe
- Click ‘Install’.
- Click ‘Next’.
- Select ‘I accept the terms in the License Agreement’ and click ‘Next’.
- Click ‘Custom’.
- Click ‘Browsers Plugins’ and select ‘Don’t install’. Click ‘Next’.
- Leave ‘Create a Start Menu folder’ ticked. Untick ‘Create Desktop Icons.’ Untick ‘Set PDF-XChange Editor as default application for PDF files’. Untick ‘Set Printer “PDF-XChange Lite V6” As Default’. Click ‘Next’.
- Select ‘Free Version’ and click ‘Next’.
- Click ‘Install’.
- Untick ‘Launch PDF-XChange Editor’ and click ‘Finish’.
- Click ‘Close’.

Finally, use winetricks to install at least corefonts in the WINEPREFIX.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 5:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use kde-apps/okular
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Firefox one's good enough for me. Might as well get some mileage out of one of the heaviest programs on my system.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a simple guy and using GTK so Evince is the best for me. It doesn't pull in many gnome packages when '-gnome' USE flag is set.

One downside compared to okular is that it doesn't work with .epub files.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 6:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

app-text/mupdf. It's fast and minimalistic. Also has an Android app that even reads .epub files.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mupdf and since my daily work is based around webbrowsers I use the provided builds in very often
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use mupdf, just because I know its shortcuts and it doesn't have a lot of dependencies, I had no reason to test or use anything else.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pdfjs and mupdf are my standard readers, i haven't encountered much pdfs they can't handle.

Sometimes i need to use a pdf with javascript in them, i haven't found a decent FOSS pdf reader that can handle them, does someone here know one?
Ironically, pdfjs being written in javascript, still lacks support for javascript in pdfs :)
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have both mupdf and qpdf installed but the one I use the most is xpdf v3, in my own bin directory.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use Atril. Simple, just works.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm happy with MuPDF. It opens both PDF and EPUB books.
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PostPosted: Sat May 30, 2020 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I already had Mupdf installed and it showed that the pdfs generated by img2pdf are, indeed, corrupted.
It only happens when I give it pngs that are 2 or 1-bit. (scans of paper). Raising the bit depth to 4 "solves" the problem, but makes the files quite a bit bigger.
Btw, I had ran all the pngs trough pngfix.

Anyway. I'll install qpdfview too. Then see which one (pdfjs, mupd or qpdfview) works the best for my use case.

Thanks for all the suggestions!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think png support in pdf readers is optional.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use the Vi-like PDF-reader called Zathura (with the MuPDF backend).

https://pwmt.org/projects/zathura/
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For complex stuff I use Acrobat Reader DC under wine. For a long time I persisted with okular, but I've recently been using tesseract to convert scanned pages to PDF books; okular messes up the location of two-column text. Also, I've an old car manual that's got some weird hierarchical set of PDF chapters, and an index. Okular can only handle the individual chapters, which makes searching hell. The Adobe product works pretty well under wine - see the winehq application entry for the gory details to get it working.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

erm67 wrote:
I think png support in pdf readers is optional.
What I've encountered is that it's those 4-bit or less depth images which end up showing incorrectly (not showing at all in pdfjs). The problem lies in pillow or in img2pdf. Gif gave me the same result.
We'll see how this ends up after I've compiled +200 packages involving this python 3.6 -> 3.7 switch.

As for the pdf reader of choice... mu pdf doesn't have any gui? I'm on wayland so it may affect things.

I'll get back to my desktop PC after the python switch. Might take a while.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if it is just to quickly view papers or datasheets then firefox/chrome built-in viewer.

For some more involved activities (either forms or quirky datasheets...) Master PDF Editor works quite well and its in portage
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zucca wrote:
erm67 wrote:
I think png support in pdf readers is optional.
What I've encountered is that it's those 4-bit or less depth images which end up showing incorrectly (not showing at all in pdfjs). The problem lies in pillow or in img2pdf. Gif gave me the same result.

Also gif support is optional ;-) The pdf standard optionally supports embedding html pages and some kinds of image formats used in web pages, but most readers do no implement it.
The only formats that will be supported by every reader are jpeg or flate compressed pbm, most readers also support Group4 FAX compression, it is runlength based and sometimes betted than flate.
I use mozjpeg to compress the scanned pages to jpeg almost losslesly and than embed them with img2pdf, for BW flate (zip) compression almost always gives the best results.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

@erm67: Ok, I need to use jpeg then. :(

Png would just be optimal for 2-bit or 1-bit scanned papers.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Zucca wrote:
@erm67: Ok, I need to use jpeg then. :(

Png would just be optimal for 2-bit or 1-bit scanned papers.

pbm + zip for black&white or ppm for gray scale are the best formats.
Also imagemagick can losslessy compress a png to pdf with zip and high compression using -quality 100.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used both LibreofficeDraw and app-text/master-pdf-editor
The second has a lot of functionality and it is easy to install.

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