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Re: mupdf (was: xpdf removed from testing?)

On 2014-01-20 12:54:30, Mathieu Malaterre wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 4:34 AM, Jens Oliver John <lists@2ion.de> wrote:
> >> $ apt-cache show mupdf
> >> MuPDF is a lightweight PDF viewer and toolkit written in portable C.
> >> (...)
> >
> > The mupdf PDF reader is supposed to be minimal and makes on me the impression of
> > being more a reference implementation using the mupdf library.
> >
> > A more featureful but still light PDF reader, which is able to utilize mupdf as
> > the rendering backend, is zathura (in Debian) with the mupdf rendering backend
> > (not in Debian [1]).
> >
> > The zathura upstream is very lively and is constantly gaining features.
> >
> > It may be my personal perception, but the fidelity of the PDF rendering in mupdf
> > is *vastly* superior to xpdf and all the PDF readers (evince, okular ...) which
> > use libpoppler at this point, resulting in mupdf/libmupdf being AFIK the only
> > native and free PDF reader available for Linux with a rendering engine that can
> > rival the proprietary ones like acrobat (in quality, not feature parity).
> >
> > I therefore suggest packaging zathura with the zathura-pdf-mupdf plugin.
> aka #731447

This is blocked by a proper fix for #617253. Ideally, mupdf would start
to provide a shared library (#719351) and commit to a somewhat stable
API. mupdf needs to get in a better shape before zathura-pdf-mupdf can
be packaged.

Sebastian Ramacher

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