3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 30, 2009 11:26 PM by EricHuw
wessto Level 1 (0 points)
I've recently been using the preview app to annotate PDFs that I've scanned. I have two problems that I would like to see addressed and am wondering if anyone knows any workarounds in the meantime.

1) Annotations do not appear to be indexed and searchable with spotlight and/or search from within the Preview app
2) Annotations do not appear when the PDF is opened in Acrobat.

Any clues / Ideas?

MacBook Pro 15 Mid 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 4 GB Ram, 500 GB 7200 RPM ST9500420ASG
  • K T Level 7 (23,705 points)
    The version of Preview that is now included w/Snow Leopard is 'different' than previous releases.

    If you have a particular process that is critical to your workflow, you may want to seek other tools, such as Acrobat...at least for the time being.
  • wessto Level 1 (0 points)
    By way of a workaround, I have found that if I print and use the pdf option "save as pdf..." my annotations will be visible in other programs and searchable. Hope this helps someone else.
  • EricHuw Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the tip. I've just come across this issue in preview and have left some feedback for Apple. I use Spotlight extensively for finding notes and references and if it can't be relied upon it becomes a major problem.

    Have you come across Skim, the open-source pdf reader? It doesn't have this issue and is an extremely polished and professional application.