[OS X TeX] \includegraphics and Annotated PDFs

Rick Zaccone zaccone at bucknell.edu
Thu Dec 20 08:26:48 EST 2007

On Dec 19, 2007, at 2007-12-19, 7:44 PM, Rick Zaccone wrote:

> I have a PDF file that I created by taking a screenshot of an  
> application.  I opened the PDF in Preview and annotated it with an  
> oval to highlight a button in the screenshot.  Then I saved the file.
> When I use \includegraphics to display this PDF, it displays without  
> the annotation!  If I open the file in Preview, it shows the  
> annotation.
> I tried annotating the file with Skim and got the same results.
> I am using
> \usepackage{graphicx}
> I've done this before and it worked.  Could it be Leopard?  I'm  
> using 10.5.1 and TeXShop.  Does anyone know why this isn't working?
> Rick

Thanks to everyone who responded both publicly and privately.  Here's  
a summary of what I have learned.

- Preview in Leopard creates annotations in a separate layer.  That's  
why they don't show up in a LaTeX document.

- The same problem is present in Skim.  Exporting as PDF with embedded  
notes produces a PDF file in which the annotations don't show up in  

Based on the feedback I received, I came up with the following  
(unsatisfying) work around.

I moved my file to another machine running Mac OS 10.4.11 and I  
annotated it using Preview.  Then I copied the file back to my Leopard  
machine.  The annotation now shows up in TeXShop as I would expect.

This verifies that it's a Leopard issue, although I don't necessarily  
see it as a bug.  Is there something more that TeXShop or  
\includegraphics should be doing under Leopard?


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