Any okular update ?

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Any okular update ?

Post by bluegroper » 2018/05/27 00:50:51

Hi forum
We been using CentOS for very many years, and open source RH before that.
For simplicity (?), we use same CentOS for both servers and desktops (with KDE).
We're starting to find CentOS on desktops becoming a little outdated.
Recent versions of Okular have many important features that would let us abandon a legacy version of Acrobat.
I'd like to try a current version of Okular, but the CentOS packaged version is already ~5 years old and looking seriously out of date.
What to do ?
Should I try and manually install a later version of Okular, and risk breaking all sorts of other things ?
Or should I ask the packager/maintainer at nux-dextop if Okular can be updated ?
Or should I try another desktop distro, and thoroughly complicate our OS experience, knowledge, and support ?
Meanwhile, we smile and enjoy the challenges of working with open source softwares.
TIA's for any suggestions.
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Re: Any okular update ?

Post by stevemowbray » 2018/05/28 09:12:05

I don't know what you should do, but Nux will not package things that overwrite system packages so that's not an option.

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Re: Any okular update ?

Post by TrevorH » 2018/05/28 11:52:14

There are lots of pdf reader packages available. Are you sure that one of those doesn't already have the functionality you're looking for? To my knowledge we ship atril, qpdfview, and okular. Then there are things that will display pdf files like libreoffice, xv and even gimp.
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Re: Any okular update ?

Post by bluegroper » 2018/05/29 03:42:05

Okular is more than just a reader, and has been able to add annotations and stamps for maybe ~ 10 years.
Maybe I should try Fedora. :?:
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Re: Any okular update ?

Post by okularnik » 2018/11/29 02:52:12

Just to let you know that this is still an issue...

...and rather an important issue for people doing science. CentOS is popular among scientists and there is a lot of good reasons for that. Scientific work is most often based on two pillars (1) some form of scientific computing (on remote or local machines) and (2) reading (and writing) scientific papers. Most scientific papers are to be found in PDF format. It is quite handy and efficient to use the same distribution (e.g., CentOS) for data analysis and for papers reading/writing.

Okular is the most handy and advanced PDF reader I have came across. The most recent Okular versions have advanced, reach and very handy set of tools for commenting/highlighting PDF document's content. Scientists use comments and highlighting very (very, very, very) extensively. Unfortunately older versions of Okular have very limited options in this matter.

TIP: A workaround (and for some, even a better solution than Okular) is to use GNU Emacs with PDFView package by Andreas Politz with a recent version of poppler (PDF rendering library, https://poppler.freedesktop.org/) installed on your system...

Another solution would be to build Okular from the sources yourself. Please share if you have a link to any tutorials/guides describing that for CentOS 7... (and if there will be no progress on that mater, I shall try to build Okular from sources myself and if successful I will post instructions here, but I won't be able to start with that until December 24th)...

cf. https://repology.org/badge/vertical-allrepos/okular.svg

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| Distro                 |       Version | Notice |
|------------------------+---------------+--------|
| Adélie Linux current   |       18.08.3 |        |
| ALT Sisyphus           |       18.04.3 |        |
| AOSC                   |       18.08.2 |        |
| Arch                   |       18.08.3 |        |
| AUR                    |       17.04.3 |        |
| CentOS 7               |        4.10.5 | !!!    |
| Chocolatey             |      18.11.80 |        |
| Debian Oldstable       |        4.14.2 |        |
| Debian Stable          |       16.08.2 |        |
| Debian Testing         |       17.12.2 |        |
| Debian Unstable        |       17.12.2 |        |
| Debian Experimental    |       18.04.0 |        |
| Deepin                 |       17.12.2 |        |
| Devuan Oldstable       |        4.14.2 |        |
| Devuan Stable          |       16.08.2 |        |
| Devuan Testing         |       17.12.2 |        |
| Devuan Unstable        |       17.12.2 |        |
| DPorts                 |       18.08.3 |        |
| Exherbo                |      18.11.80 |        |
| Fedora 26              |       16.12.3 | !      |
| Fedora 27              |       17.12.3 | !      |
| Fedora 28              |       18.04.3 | !      |
| Fedora 29              |       18.08.1 | !      |
| Fedora Rawhide         |       18.08.3 |        |
| FreeBSD Ports          |       18.08.3 |        |
| Funtoo                 |       17.08.2 |        |
| Gentoo                 |       18.08.3 |        |
| GoboLinux              |        4.12.0 |        |
| Hyperbola              |       17.04.0 |        |
| Kali Linux Rolling     |       17.12.2 |        |
| KaOS                   |       18.08.3 |        |
| KDE neon Dev Stable    | 18.08.2git... |        |
| KDE neon Dev Unstable  | 18.08.2git... |        |
| KDE neon User          |       18.08.2 |        |
| KDE neon User LTS      |       18.08.2 |        |
| Linux Mint 17.1        |        4.14.2 |        |
| Linux Mint 17.2        |        4.14.2 |        |
| Linux Mint 17.3        |        4.14.2 |        |
| MacPorts               |        4.14.3 |        |
| Mageia 6               |       17.12.2 |        |
| Mageia Cauldron        |       18.08.3 |        |
| Manjaro Stable         |       18.08.3 |        |
| Manjaro Testing        |       18.08.3 |        |
| Manjaro Unstable       |       18.08.3 |        |
| MX Linux MX-15         |       15.08.3 |        |
| MX Linux MX-17 Testing |       17.08.3 |        |
| nixpkgs stable         |       18.08.0 |        |
| nixpkgs unstable       |       18.08.1 |        |
| OpenBSD Ports          |        4.14.3 |        |
| OpenMandriva 3.x       |       15.12.3 |        |
| OpenMandriva Cooker    |      18.11.80 |        |
| openSUSE Leap 42.3     |       17.04.2 |        |
| openSUSE Leap 15.0     |       17.12.3 |        |
| openSUSE Tumbleweed    |       18.08.3 |        |
| Parabola               |       17.12.3 |        |
| Pardus                 |       16.08.2 |        |
| Parrot                 |       17.12.2 |        |
| PCLinuxOS              |       18.08.3 |        |
| pkgsrc current         |       16.08.0 |        |
| PLD Linux              |        4.14.3 |        |
| PureOS green           |       17.12.2 |        |
| PureOS landing         |       17.12.2 |        |
| Raspbian Oldstable     |        4.14.2 |        |
| Raspbian Stable        |       16.08.2 |        |
| Raspbian Testing       |       17.12.2 |        |
| Rosa 2014.1            |        4.14.3 |        |
| Rosa 2016.1            |       17.12.3 |        |
| Rosa Server 7.3        |        4.10.5 |        |
| Scientific Linux 7.x   |        4.10.5 |        |
| Slackware 14.2         |        4.14.3 |        |
| Slackware current      |        4.14.3 |        |
| Slackware64 14.2       |        4.14.3 |        |
| Slackware64 current    |        4.14.3 |        |
| Slackwarearm 14.2      |        4.14.3 |        |
| Slackwarearm current   |        4.14.3 |        |
| SliTaz Cooking         |        4.14.3 |        |
| Trisquel 6.0           |         4.8.5 |        |
| Trisquel 7.0           |        4.13.3 |        |
| Trisquel 8.0           |       15.12.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 12.04           |         4.8.5 |        |
| Ubuntu 14.04           |        4.13.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 16.04           |       15.12.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 17.10           |       17.04.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 18.04           |       17.12.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 18.10           |       18.04.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 19.04           |       18.04.3 |        |
| Ubuntu 19.04 Proposed  |       18.04.3 |        |
| Wikidata               |       18.08.1 |        |

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