New PDF Annotator Public Beta 🖍


#2

I used it for some time, and I really like it!

How can I configure Google Drive to use the PDF annotator beta as the default PDF viewer outside of Paperpile?


#3

Thank you! The new PDF annotator is only available via Paperpile at this point.

Jirka


#4

I see. Then please take it as a feature request to make it available in Google Drive (the same way as it was possible to use MetaPDF). Thank you for working on this!


#5

Bug report: can you please add display of the current/total page count for the open document? It is currently not possible to know what page is displayed in the new viewer. This feature was present in MetaPDF (bottom right corner), but apparently was lost in translation.


#6

Hello,

First of all I love this new annotator! Since I switched to it a few days ago, though, the main app has been pretty buggy. I’ve accessed my account from two different computers that usually run Paperpile fine, but since switching to the beta I keep getting the error message that I need to sign into my account again whenever I do anything in the main app. I also have to sign in again in the app and in Google Scholar when I try to add a citation from there.

It looks like these issues have gone away since I switched to Chrome default view for the PDF annotator. But I’m writing my comprehensive exam for my Master’s this weekend so it’s really, really inconvenient to have my annotations missing. Is there another fix where I can still see my annotations without the signing-in bug? Please advise!

Thank you all for your hard work. I’m super glad to see progress on Paperpile. :slight_smile:


#7

@Andrey Thank you for the note. This was added in Wednesday’s release, so please update your extension.

@diken I cannot currently imagine how the PDF Viewer would affect your Paperpile login state, but we have had a few users who experienced a similar problem and traced it to the Ghostery extension. If you are using this extension, please disable it or add exceptions for Paperpile.


#8

I see “export annotations” is under development. Look forward to this…


#9

Bug report: somehow the width of the horizontal scroll area is initialized too large, and the paper is shown to the extreme right, see demo in the screencast here: https://www.screencast.com/t/NFe4Q9dwi


#10

Ahh! I got it - that specific paper has a large table in landscape mode, which causes this behavior. I think it would be helpful though to center the view by default so that the page is visible in the middle of the screen on the initial open.


#11

When I try to use the keyboard to initiate a new search (command-F) – while viewing the search results for a previous search – it flashes the search box but then it disappears, returning me back to the previous search results before I can do another search. Instead I have to scroll to the top, click in the search box, and then start typing the new search.


#12

If I join the beta track to try this, am I subjected to any other beta code? I’d love to try the annotator, but would rather limit my beta testing to that. thanks in advance!


#13

Hi Cointelbro,

beta-track code is limited to the PDF Viewer code at the moment. The only beta-track thing you can interact with outside of the PDF Viewer are the PDF files synchronized to your Google Drive - we are generating a fresh PDF based on the annotations changes you make in the PDF Viewer and sync the file to Google Drive.

Jirka


#14

Thanks man. You people are doing god’s work.


#15

I like to have “page width” view turned on by default. But when I make an annotation, or search and the side panel opens, the width becomes very small and the text hard to read. This would make sense if there was something on the right side of the screen, but it is all blank. (Let me know if you need screen shots.)

And, like someone above, this is made worse by having different page widths in the same document, so even when the side panel is closed it is smaller than it should be… but that is a separate issue from what I’m flagging here.


#16

Yes, there is currently a bug whereby the right side panel does not always start in a collapsed state. We will fix this with the next update.


#17

Any plans on implementing a dark mode ? That’d be super useful.


#18

The latest update should fix the missized margins problem. We don’t currently have a solution for PDFs with differently-sized pages, that problem is not easy to get right and users always have the zoom settings, so we will revisit it at a later point.

Dark mode is on the roadmap, but I can’t yet say when it will be added.


#19

Hi Jirka, I would like to have the ability (as it is implemented in adobe reader), to highlight individual words by double clicking (highlight) is first turned on, of course). Thanks


#20

I seem to have an issue where I lost all of the annotations on one of my paper when using the new PDF annotator one on computer but when opened up on another computer they are still there. Is there some sync issue?

Cheers


#21

Hi Adam,

thanks for the report. It seems the persistent connection the PDF Annotator is using has a bug in it and the annotator failed to load the annotations from our backend. Closing and reopening the PDF should help, but I will investigate the underlying issue further.