[NTG-context] PDF viewer poll

Henning Hraban Ramm texml at fiee.net
Sun Oct 13 17:26:01 CEST 2019

> Am 2019-10-13 um 16:50 schrieb Rudolf Bahr <quasi at quasi.de>:
> Hello Hraban,
> I'm working with only 2 pdf-viewers, "okular" and "xpdf". My main-viewer is "okular", but
> at the moment it doesn't work with my context-pdfs, I don't know why, but I don't care.
> Then it's good to have "xpdf" which is simpler than "okular" but works especially in
> this case. And before sending pdf-data to a printing-house I use "qpdf" not to view,
> but to transform my pdf files as rotate them to get them binded at a book side not
> offered by printers.
> All 3 programs are open source on Linux and because I'm updating regularly my OS, those
> programs are regularly updated too.
> JS? Form support? PDF/X/A/UA? Convert colors? SyncTex? Handle comments? I'm not using
> any of these. To some of them I can't say anything, because I dont't even know, what they
> are good for. So, I'm sorry not to be able to say more to those possible properties
> of my used programs:

Thank you!

xpdf I found a bit too basic for my taste. And it’s also based on poppler nowadays, like Qpdfview and several others.

Of course there are a lot of features that one could compare, e.g. presentation control or printing options.

Since I regularly need to send pdfs to the printers, I need to check if they will print correctly. That’s what PDF/X is for. Often it’s easier to convert colors in the PDF instead of finding and converting the elements separately. (I don’t convert RGB to CMYK, printshop workflows can handle this, but e.g. ensuring everything’s grayscale can save costs in digital printing. And sometimes I get logos in spot colors...)

I never used SyncTeX myself, but I guess it would make my correction workflows easier. And I usually get corrections as comments in PDFs.

Forms support I usually need only to fill in some official forms, but I got one customer with a ConTeXt-set form of >30 pages…
And that’s one area where ConTeXt is a bit buggy (e.g. radiobuttons don’t work), and I’d like to debug that.

I was only asking for "current version", because some folks still use acroread on Linux, and that was last updated in 2005 (I think), and some other readers aren’t updated any more, e.g. Nitro.

Greetlings, Hraban

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