[NTG-context] PDF viewer poll
Benct Philip Jonsson
melroch at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 17:40:50 CEST 2019
On 2019-10-14 18:55, Marcin Borkowski wrote:
> I don't use ConTeXt anymore, but I still get the emails from the list,
> and I quickly skimmed throught this thread to see if someone writes
> about my pdf-viewer of choice - pdf-tools
I too don't use context anymore[^1] but I thought I should mention
Zathura which is a good alternative if you like vi(m) and/or
dislike/have trouble using a GUI.[^2]. The WP page (and `man zathura`)
describes its capabilities well without me needing to type them. :-)
They include synctex but I don't use it.
[^1]: I never really took off with context because I already know how to
do 9 out of 10 tasks in LaTeX, and when I don't the info is much easier
to find online. Sorry!
[^2]: I have a motor disability which makes pointing with a mouse
difficult and point-dragging almost impossible. That's the main reason
I got into text-only/plaintext/non-gui workflows, but I keep on because
I find them better. Unfortunately when computer accessibility is
discussed it is almost synonymous with vision disability accessibility,
but there are other reasons for having trouble with GUIs.
> On 2019-10-13, at 12:43, Henning Hraban Ramm <texml at fiee.net> wrote:
>> Hi, I’d like to update my list of (usable!) PDF viewers.
>> Which one do you use? (Current version?)
> pdf-tools (version 20190701.202)
>> What are its pros and cons?
> - no "continuous display"/"double page" modes
> - searchable (also with regexen), also grep-like (i.e., display all
> lines containing some regex and jump to them easily)
> - annotations/comments are viewable (and jumpable to) w/o using the
> - fast
> - runs within Emacs (not sure if this is a "pro" for everyone...)
>> Is it free (open source, freeware)?
> yes (GPL3)
>> Does it work on Win/Lin/Mac?
> GNU/Linux, maybe Mac
>> Does it have a localized interface? (I don’t care, but I work with
>> people who don’t understand a lot of English.)
>> Can it handle comments, attachments?
> AFAIK, no.
>> Does it support SyncTeX? (Who uses that anyway?)
> Yes, and I do all the time!
>> Does it update changed PDFs on its own (or does it even block
> I guess it can be configured to do so (like Emacs in general)
>> Which other features are essential for your choice?
> As I said - I don't have to leave Emacs. Also, incremental or grep-like
> searching with literal text or regexen are killer features.
> Marcin Borkowski
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