It would be great to be able to match the built in PDF editing tools that Microsoft Edge has, specifically the highlighting and drawing tools. This is one of the reasons I can't use Firefox for working with PDFs.
This would be a really worthy way to apply Mozilla's principles for concrete good. Currently it's much too difficult to edit a PDF without using a tool that's either paid-for on the one hand, or privacy-unfriendly on the other (the various online free-as-in-beer tools).
Please bring the Highlighting feature for PDF. This is already present in Microsoft Edge and it is super useful and handy feature.
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We can then ditch Adobe and switch to Firefox for all PDF needs.
Ability to edit PDFs in #Firefox similar to MS Edge browser.
Ability to sign and encrypt PDFs would be great too, talk about disruption. lol
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Well, I'm a researcher and in my current workflow I read/skim a lot of papers (pdfs through links) and never really know if I will be using this specific paper in the end, but if there's something useful I store the document in my sources (a .bib file in latex for example) as a link and will probably open it through that link later on; all in my browser. Having gathered a lot, I usually forget what was so important.
I figured it would be nice to highlight online documents; thus with no need to physically store them on my device, as that would require me to first lookup the name of that pdf, then search in some local folder (if I even had annotated it...), and opening it with my default pdf reader that doesn't have tabbing features, making multiple opened pdfs cumbersome. However, other times when not doing research, I may only have 1 pdf opened, and would like to do so with my default reader for its dark theming functionality for example.
So I searched if some extension would store the highlights per site for me. And yes, there is exactly an extension that does that, Yamas (or Textmarker). Yamas for example keeps changes even after reloading the page by storing them in bookmarks. However it's not able to anymore for pdfs, neither is Textmarker.
So in case it's not too different from this topic, I would suggest creating an API to make it possible for such highlighting extensions out there that already exist to work on pdfs again; or support annotating pdfs directly through Firefox, but I see my workflow is probably not as common, so it will probably result in an Edge like implementation. Hence the suggestion for allowing extensions some functionality as that work has already been made and is already available; all it needs is some access that Firefox considers safe to deploy. What about an option to "allow this extension to inject js into pdf"?
If I can reenable extensions accessing my pdfs again through some about:config, I would love to hear!