You guys probably won’t get this because I have a different work use for a pdf viewer/editor.
It’s not complex or anything at all but I do have a set of productivity needs.
- I need to be able to quickly open pdf’s. (from firefox and the drive)
- I need to be able to open multiples in tabs
- I need to be able to copy text from the pdf and paste in other applications
- I need to be able to highlight text in the pdf and add notes
- I need to be able to save the changes to the pdf and have highlights etc show in other readers.
- I need all the above to be quick, easy and productive
It is not that tall of an order. I have been using Foxit Phantom PDF Editor and Foxit Reader in windows. Even the simple Foxit Reader allows me to do all the above fine.
This small thing seems to be a thing I just can’t seem to make happen in Linux. I keep having to grit my teeth and boot Windows 10 to do this work.
I have tried Foxit Reader for Linux, Master PDF Editor 5, Evince, Atril, and now Okular via snaps. So far I am 0 for 5 on finding one that can complete that small list of needs productively.
Foxit Reader and Master PDF Editor react just alike. They both take near a minute to launch rather it is just the application or if I am trying to open a PDF. And they both copy text only every other operation after the first copy, rather graphical or control C. And we are only talking one line of text, like one 12 digit code or one street address, etc.
Evince and Atril, I can’t seem to find a way to open in tabs.
Okular is a bit fumbly and unproductive on copying, and really slow on highlighting. And then in the end, Save As does not respond.
I never expected any issues. And I don’t know what other readers are out there to try. I think it is more frustrating because it is a small thing.