Preview and PDF annotations not showing up across platforms

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by exi, Apr 23, 2014.

  1. exi macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    I noticed this the other day. I marked up a PDF with a few things, and when emailed and viewed on a Windows computer, the annotations were nowhere to be found.

    I searched briefly and found mention of the same as being an issue with how annotations are stored within a preexisting PDF.

    Is there any way around this using stock software included in Mavericks / without having to utilize third-party software? Seems silly to add text or otherwise mark up a PDF if I can't count on it being viewable as I see it across platform -- a big part of why PDF is so great.
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    You used an Apple product and made for Apple computers ONLY. So to mark up PDFs for other computers to see you need a third part tool. On a Mac a cool one is PDF Pen then export it for Windows computers.
  3. exi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2012
    Sent it to a friend who says she can see the changes on a Windows computer made by Apple software, but that the changes are apparently not embedded in that they don't print out when he attempts to print the PDF.

  4. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    That's probably something you have to set in the print dialog when you print the pdf (by default it doesn't print something like notes, you need to enable it in the print dialog).
  5. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    In the print dialog of the PC PDF software you should select "include mark up" (or some like that).

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