I am looking for good proofreading methods for latex. I am just writing a thesis and my supervisor is not familiar with latex. So at the moment I am giving her either a PDF or printed document to use adobe commenting function etc.

Are there any better ways comparable to the MS word "review/track changes" functions?

Would maybe Lyx be an option?

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    If he is not familiar with LaTeX, I think a PDF edit is best. For one who knows LaTeX, I like using some nice form of diff utility on the source, to compare the before/after edit. Oct 16, 2014 at 1:41
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    I enjoy to use TODO notes for those tasks, but she needs to understand a little bit of LaTeX, get the original source files and to know how to use the package. As @StevenB.Segletes I think the best option in this case are the notes over the PDF. My suggestion about is to change the name of the pdf with notes for avoid loose those notes in a future compilation.
    – Aradnix
    Oct 16, 2014 at 1:58
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    Have a look at the latexdiff command. Oct 16, 2014 at 2:03
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    I used PDF for the same situation and continue to send PDF to people who comment on my work with the exception of co-authored papers, where we use something else (Word in the end) and cases where editors will only accept Word (when I convert from .tex).
    – cfr
    Oct 16, 2014 at 2:55
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    I wouldn't give a supervisor a word document either. A supervisor is not a co-worker. Comments on paper or a pdf which you then can either insert in the original document or ignore are imho a much cleaner way to ensure that the thesis is your work. Oct 16, 2014 at 10:16

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There is a big difference in reading a document on screen or on paper.

There are some studies telling that people can only see ca. 30 % of errors on screen, but mutch more on paper (nearly 100 %).

So if you want the best possible proofreading, check first the document by your own (you will not be able to find all errors, of course), print the resulting document, give it to the proofreader with a list of special proofreader marks (for example in the german Duden) and ask hin to mark errors with the listed proofreader marks.

This method does not depend on LaTeX or Word or any other program.

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    The “nearly 100%” bit is not true: everybody knows that the number of misprints in a document is a decreasing function of time, but that, in spite of assuming values in a discrete set, never takes the value 0. ;-)
    – egreg
    Oct 16, 2014 at 14:37

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