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Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by flatiron » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:00 pm

Make GIMP just open up PDF's like they would be opened in a PDF viewer and allow whatever drawing I want. That would be a mod worth having!

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by Moem » Mon Dec 25, 2017 4:10 pm

You should be making that suggestion to whoever makes GIMP. As stated by the red text at the top of the page:
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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by flatiron » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:07 pm

Okay. Then make a PDF viewer that allows me to write and highlight on the PDF.


I tried contacting GIMP. It is too much of a PITA.

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by Moem » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:12 pm

Go ahead and make that PDF viewer, just the way you want it. No one is stopping you.
The best way to make stuff happen in open source is not to try and order people around... the best way is to do it.
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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by BenTrabetere » Mon Dec 25, 2017 7:39 pm

flatiron wrote:Okay. Then make a PDF viewer that allows me to write and highlight on the PDF.
Take a look at MasterPDF Editor. As the name implies it is a PDF editor, and it has a very nice set of editing and annotating tools. It is nimble enough to be used as a PDF viewer. It is proprietary software, but free for non-commercial use. Download the .deb from the website. https://code-industry.net/free-pdf-editor/

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by jimallyn » Mon Dec 25, 2017 11:56 pm

BenTrabetere wrote:Download the .deb from the website. https://code-industry.net/free-pdf-editor/
I suggested that to him yesterday, but instead of trying that, he responded with:
I would prefer something from the app store thing on Mint instead of somewhere I don't know of. How can something this simple and necessary be avoided on MINT?
Maybe at some point he will decide to try the solutions he has been offered, as opposed to just starting yet another rant on the subject. There doesn't seem to be anything any of us can do to help him when he ignores the suggestions he has been offered.
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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by flatiron » Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:55 am

If it was legit it would be in the app store. And as for why I am bossing other people to do it, that is what the suggestions and ideas forum is for. Demanding new things be implemented. Although it still baffles me as to why this has yet to be implemented since it is such a basic and common thing to draw and highlight on PDF documents.

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by smurphos » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:57 am

flatiron wrote:If it was legit it would be in the app store. And as for why I am bossing other people to do it, that is what the suggestions and ideas forum is for. Demanding new things be implemented. Although it still baffles me as to why this has yet to be implemented since it is such a basic and common thing to draw and highlight on PDF documents.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Repositories

It's a commercial product (which just happens to be free of charge for non-commercial use) so legit or not it's not going to make the repos. The repos which feed Mint's app store are with the exception of some essential codecs/drivers etc are strictly open-source software only.

it is legit and frequently recommended - https://itsfoss.com/pdf-editors-linux/ - this link also suggests a few other options that are in the store - Libre-Office Draw.

BTW I'd suggest that the suggestion & ideas forum is the place to suggest new things to be implemented rather than demand :wink:
Demanding things from folks who provide their time and expertise for free rarely goes down well.

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by BenTrabetere » Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:15 pm

flatiron wrote:If it was legit it would be in the app store.
As I mentioned and smurphos pointed out, MasterPDF Editor is proprietary (read Commercial) software, so it cannot and will not appear in Software Manager. And while the 'do not install software outside of Software Manager' is good advice and practice, sometimes it is unavoidable. For me, MasterPDF Editor is one of those unavoidable exceptions.

The question is not whether an outside-the-repos software is legitimate, but whether the source can be trusted. I consider Code Industry to be trustworthy; otherwise, I would not use or recommend its products.

If you do not want to stray from Software Manager, maybe Okular will satisfy your needs. It is a PDF viewer with a basic set of editing tools. It is a nice program. I like, use and recommend it. I think MasterPDF Editor is a better suited for editing PDFs.
Although it still baffles me as to why this has yet to be implemented since it is such a basic and common thing to draw and highlight on PDF documents.
Why? Seriously, why? GIMP is an IMAGE editing application, not a PDF editor. Just because it can read and write PDFs does not make it well suited for using it that way. A chainsaw can be used to cut plywood....

It is nice that GIMP can work with PDFs; to expect it to do what you expect is, well, a lot like fitting a guide bracket on a chainsaw to cut straight lines on a sheet of plywood. Pick the right tool for the job.

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by JerryF » Tue Dec 26, 2017 1:25 pm

flatiron wrote:If it was legit it would be in the app store. And as for why I am bossing other people to do it, that is what the suggestions and ideas forum is for. Demanding new things be implemented. Although it still baffles me as to why this has yet to be implemented since it is such a basic and common thing to draw and highlight on PDF documents.
Wow! I'd like to live on the planet you do where you feel that the suggestions and ideas are a place to boss other people to do things. Here on the planet I live on, we ask people to consider a change.
IF your problem has been solved, please edit your original post and add [SOLVED] to the beginning of the Subject Line. It helps other members.

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by jimallyn » Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:03 pm

JerryF wrote:Here on the planet I live on, we ask people to consider a change.
We also don't assume that everything that isn't in the repos is automatically illegitimate.
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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by jimallyn » Tue Dec 26, 2017 6:12 pm

flatiron wrote:And as for why I am bossing other people to do it, that is what the suggestions and ideas forum is for. Demanding new things be implemented.
OK then, flatiron, since we're in the Suggestions & New Ideas forum, where we make demands on others, I am demanding that you do it yourself. All the source code is available, the licensing terms allow you to make changes in it. Oh, and please make it snappy. We have people here who are tired of waiting for volunteers to bow to their every wish and command. But seriously, you know the old saying: you'll catch more flies with honey than you will with vinegar.
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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by flatiron » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:21 pm

You make too much out of nothing.

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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by all41 » Thu Dec 28, 2017 7:31 pm

flatiron wrote:You make too much out of nothing.
After a re-read of the op I am inclined to agree,
and the rest of this thread is much to do about nothing at all
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Re: Make GIMP PDF friendly!

Post by flatiron » Fri Dec 29, 2017 5:58 am

Are you being sarcastic? It is hard to tell with nothing but typing to communicate.

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