How do I find a highlighted text in an Adobe Reader or PDF file?
On PC, open a PDF file in Adobe Reader XI, click ViewCommentAnnotations and comment panel will open on the right of the screen.In Mac, a program called preview provides annotation.In mobile,open a PDF file in Adobe Reader App.Tap on the top to access toolbar and tap annotation icon. Choose the tool with which you want annotation done. By drawing on the document create annotation and click save.
PhD students: How do you keep your notes while reading scientific papers?
This is a great and important question, the ability to efficiently sort and access your papers is such a crucial part of doing effective research. During my PhD, I have spent my fair share of time to explore and experiment with different notes taking and literature organization techniques for scientific papers.Here is my conclusion:For the legendary papers, you should print them out, use your pen and highlighters as you study them, bring them with you on the train, in the bathroom, and while you lay on bed, so you can ensure easy access and high reading frequency to remember all the important details and get inspirations from them.I highly recommend to use binders to organize the hard copies:For this method, I only print the highly relevant papers. You can use different binders for different projects, different fields, or different time era, whatever works for you.Personally I found this old school method (versus using software) to be extremely useful and versatile. Since after school, this habit has carried over and I use it to organize work related documents such as project & client information. The ability to just grab a folder, turn to the page for information, and jot down notes at any time, without electricity, without computer, without launching and searching, smokes any computer based techniques out of the water! And a nice bonus when your boss comes to your desk asks for quick information, nothing beats impressing your superior. You should the binders sit on your desk within the reach of your arm at any moment:In terms of digital notes taking (for the non-crucial papers), I recommend simply explore the free Adobe Reader.UPDATE: I used to recommend AcrobatPro for this task, but then I discovered the current Adobe Reader XI has all the commenting feature I need! What company can work with PDF files better than Adobe? Adobe Reader, you can easily highlight, and type notes, and draw shapes (much like PowerPoint) and save them and become permanent part of the original PDF document.Screenshot of usage of drawing markups I made on some patent (red/blue color are insertted with the "Drawing Markup" tools), as you can see, you can make sufficient markups for note-taking purposes:Below screenshot shows how I typically highlight/comment/markup as I read PDF documents, all are achieved by the features under "Comment" column:Official document from Adobe about drawing markup tools:Annotations and drawing markup tools overviewIn terms of paper organization, I can not stress this enough: Mendeley is the way to go!I have tried the common ones such as Zotero, EndNote, EverNote, Google products, Microsoft products, without going into details (there are many comparisons on the web that you can read), let me repeat this: Mendeley is the way to go!Mendeley actually has a built-in notes taking / highlighting feature. The key here is that all info. are stored in the cloud. Which means if you take notes or highlights on a paper at work, it will show up in your other computers! Personally I haven't explored this feature a lot (was bit buggy back then). But seems like a great solution:
What are the best PDF annotation tools in Ubuntu Linux?
I had been looking for a pdf annotation tool in Linux for a long time, here are my needs:highlight textinsert text commentdraw rectangle around textdraw oval around textcompatible with Adobe Acrobat, I mean, its annotations can be deleted or modified by Adobe Acrobat and vice versa.with search capacityfast response for large pdf document with up to a thousand pagesbetter has Windows version though not very importantI had tried Evince, Xournal, Okular, Adobe Reader, Foxit Reader, until I found Qoppa Software and PDF Studio (Qoppa Software) which completely meets my needs. Both old version of Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader run in wine, and I think you will not be satified with them. Here I compare the other four pdf software.Evince: a perfect pdf viewer but without annotation capacityXournal: treat each page as an image, so you are drawing on an image, and it doesn’t support search and is not compitable with Adobe AcrobatOkular: perhaps the best free pdf annotation tool in Linux, it supports 9 ways to annotate, limited but enough, one major flaw is that once you made an annotation, you cannot adjust its position or size any more.PDF Studio: a tool comparable with Adobe Acrobat, written in Java, cross platform, so you can use it under Linux, Windows and Mac.You can see the comparison between PDF Studio and Adobe Acrobat at Compare PDF Studio with Acrobat and other PDF annotating software. PDF Studio is commercial software and have a free trial PDF Studio Free Download.
How can I draw on a PDF file?
Unlike editing text or images within a PDF, drawing on a PDF is a relatively simple task. Desktop PDF ReadersI would recommend using Adobe Reader (available on both PC and Mac). You can download Reader for free here: Adobe Acrobat Reader DC After opening Reader, click the "Comment" tab in the navigation bar, and then "Drawing Markups". You should be able to cover it with shapes including a rectangle or circle. There is also an eraser tool that may be useful for what you are trying to accomplish. Online PDF editorsPersonally, I'm a fan of using online PDF tools given that they are also free and have many features allowing you to perform a broader range of tasks. They are particularly useful if you need to regularly merge, split, sign and rotate PDF files. For online PDF services, I would check out PDF Pro (full disclosure - I founded PDF Pro). After uploading a PDF file to the online PDF editor, you can draw a range of shapes or use the eraser to modify the contents of your exam. Good luck!
How do I black out text in Adobe Reader?
Open the PDF file in any pdf reader to redact in Preview. Black out text using any method you want (e.g. use the rectangle annotation tool with black as the color and choose the thickest border. Then draw the shape as many times as needed until your document is blacked out.) File Save As, and choose an image format such as PNG or GIF.Free PDF ReaderFoxit Reader
What's the best PDF reading app for iPad that lets you annotate or draw on canvas?
I use PDFelement. It is professional and easy to use. You can underline, highlight, strikethrough, draw, adding stamps, text call-out etc. and free. :)
Which is the best device available for stylus note taking and reading things like PDFs with basic editing facility (underlining, highlighting, adding text) that has a large screen (10")? Tablets are expensive and have features I don’t need.
Everything in the description makes me feel like you are describing the Apple iPad Pro 9.7" - the latest iPad iteration. But I'm guessing you aren't looking for anything that expensive.This question is quite old dating back to 2014 so I don't know if any of the earlier answers addressed this. I needed something similar to what you describe since I read a lot of textbooks and scientific papers and most of the digital copies come in PDFs because it has images, tablets, graphs which only look good on PDFs. I was researching for it last year, so I can probably give some insight on this.You are looking for a 10" colour e-reader with stylus but at present colour screens only come in tablet form. The e-ink technology has seen slow progress since we first saw e-book readers and there is no good colour ebook readers on the market. So if you want colour- tablets are the only way to go.Ebook readersThe problem with the regular eBook readers by Amazon, B & N, Kobo etc. are that they come in 6" sizes and render PDFs very poorly and the pinch and zoom function is very slow and can have irritation value. The words, graphs, images, tables are all over the place. Not a good experience at all. Some companies like Sony, Amazon, Onyx etc have recognized this niche need and tried to bring larger screen eBook readers with e-ink tech but have failed to find a good market and sale volumes for such readers. Many like the Amazon Kindle DX came to the market but was a flop show (mainly due to price factor- $500). Onyx is rumoured to come out with a new Android based 9.7" e-reader with stylus but wont be less than $500. What a bummer!Sony was one of the pioneers of the e-ink ebook readers but sadly haven't got to the next level. Sony though has in their stables the kind of device that almost perfectly fits your description but sans colour- The Sony Digital paper- DPT-S1It seems like the device one should look at if one wants to substitute all your reading & writing (Academic & leisure) to digital. It is the lightest eBook reader in the large size category (which is not very crowded, it is lighter than the Kindle DX too). It has a 13.3" high resolution screen, PDF rendering is perfect and it also comes with a very responsive stylus. This truly felt like paper and pencil. This really had me drooling all over it.Here's a video of how it works.Sadly even after a major price cut recently it retails at about $799 if you order with shipping from US. It is not available in retail in India. They were initially only selling it to corporate clients (for $1200) but now have started retailing it. This is a product for the professionals and people who deal with lot of PDFs. This one is almost as expensive as the new iPad Pro but without the advantages of the regular tablet. But hey it's one great device. Maybe one day!Poor man's alternativeI stopped searching after looking at the prices for such devices and once I got Kindle Paperwhite as a birthday gift. I already owned an iPad 2 (2013 version). I have loaded all my textbooks and scientific papers (both in PDF format) in the iPad and now I use it 90-95% of the time for only reading these PDFs. The charge lasts for a week with my reading habits. It's worked out well for me.Until the big tech companies can come up with an affordable e-reader, I can give you two choices hereBuy an affordable Android tablet which is available for as cheap as Rs. 5000 ($80) for a 10" tablet and use it exclusively for reading.Buy an older version of the iPad (used or new) and again use it only for reading. Since you are only using it for reading the speed of the tablet's OS or other apps wouldn't matter much. Thanks for the A2A Mohan. Hope it was helpful.