Bug#777657: evince: hides dropdown menus in pdf forms until they are clicked on

Joris Mooij j.m.mooij at uva.nl
Wed Feb 11 06:54:08 UTC 2015

Package: evince
Version: 3.14.1-1
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

I was pleasantly surprised to see that evince can now edit and save pdf forms
(especially since Adobe apparently no longer provides a linux version of their
Acrobat Reader).

However, I encountered the following usability issue when editing a pdf form:
certain dropdown menus cannot be recognized (visually) as such until they are
clicked on.

I don't know if this is an evince bug or a poppler bug, nor whether it only
occurs with specific pdf forms.

I do know that Acrobat Reader on Windows and on Macs does not have this issue
with this particular pdf form: there, the dropdown menus are recognizable as
such by a little arrow / triangle on their right-hand side, already before the
user clicks on them.

I've attached a screen shot of the form which shows a series of dropdown menus;
I've only clicked on the first one (so that one has become visible), the others
are hardly recognizable as dropdown menus.

Best wishes,

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 8.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Foreign Architectures: i386

Kernel: Linux 3.16.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)

Versions of packages evince depends on:
ii  evince-common              3.14.1-1
ii  gnome-icon-theme-symbolic  3.12.0-1
ii  libatk1.0-0                2.14.0-1
ii  libc6                      2.19-13
ii  libcairo-gobject2          1.14.0-2.1
ii  libcairo2                  1.14.0-2.1
ii  libevdocument3-4           3.14.1-1
ii  libevview3-3               3.14.1-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0         2.31.1-2+b1
ii  libglib2.0-0               2.42.1-1
ii  libgtk-3-0                 3.14.5-1
ii  libnautilus-extension1a    3.14.1-2
ii  libpango-1.0-0             1.36.8-3
ii  libpangocairo-1.0-0        1.36.8-3
ii  libsecret-1-0              0.18-1+b1
ii  libxml2                    2.9.1+dfsg1-4
ii  shared-mime-info           1.3-1
ii  zlib1g                     1:1.2.8.dfsg-2+b1

Versions of packages evince recommends:
ii  dbus-x11  1.8.12-3
ii  gvfs      1.22.2-1

Versions of packages evince suggests:
ii  nautilus      3.14.1-2
ii  poppler-data  0.4.7-1
ii  unrar         1:5.0.10-1
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