Annotate PDFs with XChange Viewer

14/02/16: Since the following is just a very tiny bit of information meant for more experienced users I am currently writing a new more thorough version of this article. You will find the link to it here soon.

Ubuntu needs a good native PDF annotation solution! But meanwhile we still have to work with something. Thanks to for pointing out a good interim solution: PDF-X-Change.

Warning: Having PDF-X-Change installed regularly, it will crash every time you hit save (but saves changes nonetheless).

As a reader of gnurou pointed out in a comment: the portable version of PDF-X-Change does not crash.

To add PDF-X-Change to the "open with" dialog:

Step 1: Add a executable bash script e.g. to you /usr/local/bin/pdfxchange folder:

PDFXVIEWER=~/".wine/drive_c/[PATH TO EXE]/PDFXCview.exe"

if (($# != 1)); then
  echo "usage: $0 filename"
  exit 1

cd "$(dirname "$1")"
wine "$PDFXVIEWER" "$(basename "$1")"

Code taken from the nice guys at

Step 2: Add a *.desktop file in ~/.local/share/applications/

[Desktop Entry]
Exec=/usr/local/bin/pdfxchange %U
# Original Image
# Icon=C055_PDFXCview.0
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Written by Per

Free software enthusiast and transhumanist residing in Stuttgart, Germany.

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