Cannot highlight text that includes text search results

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#1

If a text area that needs to be highlighted includes a highlight for the searched items, it appears to be impossible to highlight it.


#2

Thanks for reporting. We tracked it down, and it will be fixed with the next release.


#3

Great, happy to hear the beast is squashed!


#4

I noticed the same problem today. I guess the “next release” is not live yet, but informing just in case.


#5

I am having this issue now (Sept. 2017), although it was supposed to be fixed two years ago. I can search, find the keyword was looking for, but I cannot highlight the sentence unless I first clear the search term. I have (hopefully) attached a screenshot, where you can see the highlight tool is selected, the text is cursor-selected, but it doesn’t highlight. I was able to reproduce the same error in a JSTOR and PLoS One paper, but not in a PeerJ paper. I am using Google Chrome.


#6

It sounds like in this case it is specific to the PDF, so you might want to share the PDF to help reproduce the issue.


#7

It’s certainly not unique to one PDF, as I have now found the error in 3/5 papers. I can’t upload the file here, so here’s a link to one of the articles that reproduced the error.


#8

Yesterday’s update to the PDF Annotator included many fixes and improvements including a fix for this issue.


#9

Thanks!

I noticed that in the older version, I was able to click “h” to highlight the selected text, but now this shortcut is not working. Is this intended, or it’s a new bug?


#10

That is a bug. Until we get this fixed (hopefully soon), use the number keys 1-4 to highlight selected text. The numbers correspond to the different colors, so it is an easy way to highlight in different colors.


#11

Thank you @jason!

Another question: in the previous version, there was a status indicator showing if the changes are synced to Google Drive, but in the current version it is gone. Not that I need it, if the saving is reliable and instantaneous - that indicator is a nuisance, but just wanted to check this is also expected.

Thank you for this very nice update. I am particularly happy about the rectangle highlight issue, since it is often the case that text highlight does not work reliable (probably due to document formatting, since I see the same behavior for those documents in Mac Preview), and rectangle will be very handy in those cases.


#12

The indicator is no longer needed; we register the changes to the annotations on our server and then write and sync the file shortly thereafter, but the viewer does not have to be open for that.