[OS X TeX] Track Changes - Functionality for collaborative work

William Adams will.adams at frycomm.com
Tue Feb 21 08:30:26 EST 2006

On Feb 21, 2006, at 8:16 AM, Winfried Zettelmeyer wrote:

> For an immediate solution I see two possibilities:
> 1) To send the source file to the colleagues to add/change/correct  
> with a word processor (such as WORD) in different textstyles;  
> however, I already imagine the gasping sounds of dispair of them  
> seeing all those blue backslashes and the little attention given to  
> spaces and line length...
> 2) To send the pdf file and have them comment on it with Adobe  
> Acrobat Professional (if they have it), but the problem is that one  
> cannot insert text into a line visibly (just in a comment box or  
> below in a view comments section), so it is not as attractive as  
> WORD's Track Changes feature.

Only one person needs to have Adobe Acrobat Professional. With it,  
you can enable a .pdf for commenting using Adobe Reader 6 or 7.

> Is there a better method to solve this problem ?

My suggestion would be to use LyX and to get that installed on  
everyone's systems. It's sufficiently Word-like that people are  
reasonably comfortable with it.


William Adams
senior graphic designer
Fry Communications

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