My coworker sent me a paper that we are both working on as a pdf and I need to use LaTeX to continue to work on it. Can I open the pdf in LaTeX and edit it and add to it?

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    Welcome to this part of the galaxy! – cfr Jul 24 '16 at 1:01
  • You can certaily edit the PDF file using tikz and overlay, but then you will have a edited PDF file, but if you want to get these changes back into the source .tex file, you will need to edit the source LaTeX file – Peter Grill Jul 24 '16 at 3:42
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    You deleted accidently the *.tex source file? – Keks Dose Jul 24 '16 at 7:26
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    @PeterGrill I wouldn't say that allowed you to edit the PDF. It allows you to annotate it. But that is not really the same. It won't let you add a sentence, for example, unless you want to add it into the margins are have space available. Or suppose you need to remove or add not in a sentence .... – cfr Jul 24 '16 at 10:23
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    If you and your colleague work together on the same paper, you should definitely consider an online tool designed properly for that purpose: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/3/compiling-documents-online – Andrea Lazzarotto Jul 24 '16 at 12:54

No. This is not possible. Your coworker needs to send you the .tex file which contains the source for the PDF.


If you only have to add to the pdf file then the pdfpages package could help. But if you have to change anything on the pages your co-author has written then you're out of luck and your co-author will have to send you the latex file.

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