i'm trying to insert a rather large, handwrittenly annotated pdf. It was created using Drawboard PDF. pdfpages inserts the pages fine, but removes all annotations from every page, leaving them empty. This is what a page originally looks like (viewed using any pdf viewer, including the overleaf preview): Original image

But after inserting it with \includepdf, all the pages look like this: Inserted page using includepdf

Does anyone know what's causing this problem to occur? Any possible fixes?

I'm adding it the following way:


And i'm using the following packages, if it's of any importance:

  • Does Drawboard has any option like "print as pdf"?
    – book
    Dec 5 '18 at 17:10
  • @book it saves everything as pdf by default. I tried using the save as function (which removes internal data and such), with no success. I also tried to print it in chrome using "save as pdf", which didn't help either...
    – Chester
    Dec 5 '18 at 17:12

I solved it using the print function in Drawboard PDF and then using "Microsoft print to PDF". Printing to PDF from Chrome did not do the trick.

  • This bears no relation to TeX and friends...
    – user4686
    Dec 5 '18 at 18:36

Your handwritten annotations are probably stored in the PDF file as a PDF annotation, and pdfpages is not able to include annotations. "Flattening" the annotations into the PDF file, as you have done by printing to PDF, is one possibility to resolve this problem. Another is to use the pax package, which allows you to extract annotations using a helper application then reinclude them from LaTeX.

  • The pax package seems outdated :( Oct 12 '21 at 19:16

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