Can I copy/paste Python code?

Grant Edwards invalid at invalid.invalid
Wed Jul 22 02:12:34 CEST 2015

On 2015-07-21, Michael Torrie <torriem at> wrote:
> On 07/21/2015 03:47 PM, Grant Edwards wrote:
>> I'm trying to switch from acroread to evince, bit it has a few serious
>> usability problems for me:
>>  1) You can't copy/paste text from evince _at_all_.  At least it works
>>     right most of the time with acroread.  I really like being able
>>     paste example commands or bits of code or a sentance or three from
>>     PDF docs into a shell or editor window.  Pasting tables is a bit
>>     more work, but it can at least be done with acroread.
>>  2) You can't print the current view.  I find that invaluable for
>>     printing portions of documents (e.g. I want just a section of a C
>>     size schematic printed on letter sized paper, or just one table
>>     table from a manual sized to fill a 8.5x11 page).  If it did have
>>     'print view' then lack of a marquee zoom would become another
>>     inconvenience.
>>  3) There's no way to collapse-all in the TOC panel.  When I open a
>>     1200 page document with 30 sections and several hundred sections
>>     and subsections, I don't want to see all of them all of the time.
>>     Closing them one at a time by hand is pretty tedious.
>> I find that about 20-30% of the time I start up evince, I end up
>> closing it and re-opening the document in acroread.

> Sounds like Evince has really gone down hill since I last used Gnome.

Even though I have quite a bit of Gnome stuff installed, I don't use
the Gnome desktop, I use XFCE. That may be part of the problem: most
"Gnome" apps seem to go out of their way not to work with other

> I use Atril on Mate desktop and it works as well as Evince ever used
> to for me, which is expected seeing as it was forked from Gnome 2
> sources.  I have never had any problems cutting and pasting text.
> And you can definitely close the TOC panel.

I don't want to close the TOC panel.  I want to collapse all the
entries in the TOC tree widget _in_ the TOC panel.

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