Import PDF Comments
Kelly Vaughn tests the strengths and weaknesses of the new PDF commenting features in CC 2019.
One of the most important (and often dreaded) tasks of document production is that of incorporating your client’s or colleagues’ comments into your InDesign document. Typically, InDesign users rely upon PDF files to obtain feedback, and designers then manually enter the changes/comments from the draft PDF back into their InDesign documents one at a time. While there is already a third-party plug-in (DTP Tools Annotations) that automates this process, now InDesign has the ability to import PDF comments directly into your InDesign documents.
This feature has been high on the wish list of InDesign users for many years. However, as with many new technologies, the first iteration has significant limitations. In my opinion, it is only suitable for simple documents made from single InDesign files, requiring relatively simple text changes. This new feature is in no way a substitute for manually verifying all your imported comments against the source PDF. But that doesn’t mean it may not save you some time (and it’s only Version 1, after all).
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