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Is there a freeware app to add comments to a PDF?

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Does anyone know of a freeware PDF editor that allows users to add comments to PDFs?
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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The Foxit Reader (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/reader_2/whatsnew23.htm) allows to add comments to PDF files.
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I wasn't ready to submit my comment yet...

It is not free, but its' a lot cheaper than the full version of Acrobat.

So, now I'm done :)
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by:etd_onlineguys
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Thanks, khkremer, but I really need to know if there's a free one.  
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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I am not aware of a free one.
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Let's turn this around: What are you trying to do?
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I need reviewers to be able to add comments to PDFs that are generated by a learning content management system.  The comments thus added can be re-imported into the learning content management system.  The comments must be added as PDF comments, but it isn't feasible for us to purchase licenses for all reviewers.

A freeware PDF editor would solve the problem, but I couldn't find one.  It looks like there isn't one.
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Acrobat Pro can enable commenting for Reader. In Acrobat 9 you would use "Comments>Enable Comments and Analysis in Adobe Reader...".
Would that be an option?
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by:etd_onlineguys
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Thanks, khkremer.  That's an interesting idea.  I'll check it out.
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I'm looking for a similar solution.  According to the web site (http://www.foxitsoftware.com/pdf/rd_intro.php), Foxit Reader 3 is free:

"Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Foxit Reader supports Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7."

It will be interesting to see if this free version stops working at some point.
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by:etd_onlineguys
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Thanks for your help with this.  The application developers let me know that only Acrobat Pro would ever work with their app.
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by:jmt200
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Foxit reader is a charm!
I can successfully open a PDF generated with Acrobat 7 and add comments to it, then reopen the PDF with Acrobat Reader 7 and the notes display fine!
Saves me from having to "comment-enable" PDFs for others...they can do it themselves!
Thanks for sharing the solution :-)
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