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Import PDF Comments

InDesign Magazine issue 117This article appeared in Issue 117 of InDesign Magazine.

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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Kelly Vaughn (a.k.a. "Document Geek") has over a decade of print and design experience. She holds Adobe Expert Certifications In InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat, and specializes in writing and designing technical manuals for the marine industry.
  • Rombout Versluijs says:

    Io think th comment system in acrobat also needs an overhaul. When zoomed in its one big mess. Comments should be able to be locked

    I hope comments one day will work and also show properly at their location in the InDesign document. That would not be that hard. The X and y of th comment can be ripped and added to the export. Should be that hard to implement

  • Erica Dyson says:

    I sort of like the feature, particularly as I work with 25 languages, so it helps me find the text but I get the sticky notes imprint on my InDesign file even if the PDF is not open and it’s distracting. Still, it’s a feature that will get improved and I do use it. It gets a 5/10 from me but that’s better than 0/10!

  • Rombout Versluijs says:

    @Kelly, thanks ill have a look at that

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