Bug 116471 - LO603a: On macOS export PDF generates empty comments
Summary: LO603a: On macOS export PDF generates empty comments
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Printing and PDF export (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: PDF-Export
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Reported: 2018-03-18 16:46 UTC by Martin Srebotnjak
Modified: 2019-03-21 09:51 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Crash report or crash signature:

Comment in odt file (110.31 KB, image/png)
2018-03-18 17:48 UTC, Martin Srebotnjak
Comment in generated PDF file (179.95 KB, image/png)
2018-03-18 17:49 UTC, Martin Srebotnjak
Test document (8.20 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.text)
2018-03-18 17:55 UTC, Martin Srebotnjak
Generated PDF file with empty comment (12.54 KB, application/pdf)
2018-03-19 22:31 UTC, Martin Srebotnjak

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Description Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-18 16:46:12 UTC
In exported PDF on macOS, comments are empty.
Only empty (yellow) placeholders are positioned there that open upon a click.
Comment 1 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-18 16:48:10 UTC
Using 6.0.3 daily build with no langpack.
This bug, AFAICR, was present also in older macOS versions.

The only way to get comments in PDF on macOS is a workaround to print to file, where pdf is selected as a printer. Then again, you get only actual text/blob comments, not foldable markup.
Comment 2 Telesto 2018-03-18 17:36:33 UTC
Thanks for the bugreport. (A) A sample ODT file. (b) The exported PDF and (c) a screenshot showing the problem would make thing a little easier to confirm =).
Comment 4 Telesto 2018-03-18 17:47:40 UTC
(In reply to Martin Srebotnjak from comment #3)
> Here is the tested file:
> https://www.odfauthors.org/libreoffice/english/getting-started/feedback-lo-6.
> 0/gs6000-preface-2nd-revision-1/view

Thanks. However, the document isn't public ;-)
Comment 5 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-18 17:48:38 UTC
Created attachment 140689 [details]
Comment in odt file
Comment 6 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-18 17:49:09 UTC
Created attachment 140690 [details]
Comment in generated PDF file
Comment 7 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-18 17:50:45 UTC
No, it isn't.

But there is no need for that.
Create a new empty document, add a comment (some text), export as PDF (export of comments should be enabled in export settings).
Open generated PDF, you get the same result.
Comment 8 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-18 17:55:38 UTC
Created attachment 140691 [details]
Test document

Comment 9 Telesto 2018-03-19 16:02:50 UTC
(In reply to Martin Srebotnjak from comment #8)
> Created attachment 140691 [details]
> Test document
> Enjoy.

I can't repro it with LibO 6.1 build 08-03-2018 using Sierra 10.12.6.
It might be a PDF-reader issue.. The PDF is valid (in my case): https://www.pdf-online.com/osa/validate.aspx
Comment 10 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-19 22:30:54 UTC
I tried with 6.1.x master, it does the same, Preview on macOS shows empty comment.
Comment 11 Martin Srebotnjak 2018-03-19 22:31:26 UTC
Created attachment 140727 [details]
Generated PDF file with empty comment
Comment 12 Xisco Faulí 2018-03-20 14:09:26 UTC
Reproduced in

Build ID: 56fd575d5ee092436f5e864f457063d68b7a5b0a
CPU threads: 8; OS: Mac OS X 10.13.3; UI render: GL; 
Locale: en-US (en_ES.UTF-8); Calc: group
Comment 13 Xisco Faulí 2018-03-20 14:29:41 UTC
Ouch, I can see the comment of the attached PDF file in firefox ( mac and linux ) but not in Chrome ( linux ) or Safari ( mac ). Setting to All...
Comment 14 Telesto 2018-03-20 14:37:04 UTC
I'm probably on the wrong track, but what did you test:
* Opening the attached PDF ( Generated PDF file with empty comment)
* Or exporting the PDF and opening it

There something fishy with PDF, but I can't create one myself..
Comment 15 QA Administrators 2019-03-21 03:50:03 UTC Comment hidden (obsolete)
Comment 16 Martin Srebotnjak 2019-03-21 09:51:55 UTC
Reproduced in:

Build ID: 2b840030fec2aae0fd2658d8d4f9548af4e3518d
CPE Threads: 4; Op. sistem: Mac OS X 10.14.3; UI render: default; VCL: osx; 
Locale: sl-SI (sl_SI.UTF-8); UI language: sl-SI
Calc: threaded