PDF Tools for Emacs

Over at Thoughts on Code and History, Matt Price has a nice post on Note Taking with PDF Tools and Emacs. PDF Tools is a replacement for DocView but with extended capabilities. Rather than build the PDF image in the file systems, as DocView does, PDF Tools builds it in memory and then allows you to interact with the PDF in various way.

You can get an idea of some of it's capabilities from Price's post and from the PDF README at GitHub. There's also a video that gives an idea of some of it's capabilities.

Sadly for those of us in the Cult, PDF Tools is supported only on Linux systems but the README does say that it has been successfully compiled under OS X. The README gives a couple of hints on how to do this. A Stack Exchange question indicates that it's pretty easy to compile and use under OS X so if you're interested it may be worthwhile giving it a try.

I haven't used it yet but will probably try to install it shortly. I don't use Homebrew—the recommended way of installing the tools—so I'll either have to try compiling it by hand or install Homebrew. If anyone has installed it by hand, drop a comment and let me know of any problems or, better yet, lack of any problems.

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  • Basak A.

    I've installed poppler via macports and installed pdf tools via melpa on OS X and haven't had any problems.

  • disqus_BzsQdFQjeV

    How can I create bookmarks and save it to the pdf file?