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Drawing objects in Acrobat DC

New Here ,
Apr 27, 2015 Apr 27, 2015

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In the version of Acrobat previous to DC, I could draw lines, circles and other shapes on PDF. I used this capability frequently to cross out sections of forms I would send customers so they'd not waste time. In DC, however, I can't seem to find how to draw a line. Any ideas?

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Apr 27, 2015 Apr 27, 2015
Hi Toepper,You can find those options in the Commenting tools (click Tools, then click Open under the Comment icon). The Commenting tools will appear at the top of the window; you can access the shape tools by clicking the rightmost icon.Please let us know if you have additional questions. Best,Sara

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Hi Toepper,

You can find those options in the Commenting tools (click Tools, then click Open under the Comment icon). The Commenting tools will appear at the top of the window; you can access the shape tools by clicking the rightmost icon.

Please let us know if you have additional questions.


Best,

Sara

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New Here ,
Jan 12, 2016 Jan 12, 2016

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Hi Sara,

Can you please advise if you can create blocks in DC? i.e. a cross-hair symbol or similar composed of translucent circles, lines and shaded shapes in which all elements of the symbol can be grouped and moved around the page at will, copied and transferred to other PDFs?

Thanks,

Ben

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jan 13, 2016 Jan 13, 2016

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You might be able to use a stamp for that purpose, but it really goes beyond the capabilities of the application.

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New Here ,
Sep 22, 2016 Sep 22, 2016

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Thanks, Sara. 

I was stumped til I came across your tip. 

I recently subscribed to DC Pro, but it really should be DC Slow.

It it Soooooo Slooooow........mine refreshes the page with every keystroke. Seems to be going up and down to the cloud and it is driving me nuts!!!

I wish I could get Acrobat XI but it looks like we are forced onto The Cloud whether we want it or not.

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New Here ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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Thank you, Sara!

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New Here ,
Jun 15, 2021 Jun 15, 2021

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Why would you not have a redundant option to draw shapes in the main Edit PDF tool areas? This took me much too long because the categorization scheme you use at Adobe for grouping "tools" is not always obvious. Of course you would expect a shape-drawing tool to be one of the default tools in Edit mode. I'm pretty sure it's not a crippling onus to the code to simply add a shape tool; redundancy is often a feature, not a bug, a confusion I witnessed far too often over my years in ECE before moving to cognitive science where this is a recognized property of information processing systems (e.g., the human brain).

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 15, 2021 Jun 15, 2021

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I agree, Matthew. It took a while to figure out that what I wanted (drawing tools) was in Comments and not Edit. In fact, I had to look through the community dialogue here to find out. When I am editing a manuscript for mark-up, I am not making comments which I reserve for suggesting revisions on a manuscript before it is marked-up for the printer. Having drawing tools available in Edit mode would be a useful addition.

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New Here ,
Feb 15, 2016 Feb 15, 2016

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I'm importing a pdf into InDesign, and the shapes that were made with the Tools in the Comments section, are not importing in with the rest of the file. Previously, shapes that were made, would. Is there a way to get around this? I tried flattening the file, in Preflight, but the colored boxes that were made, were transparent, and are no longer transparent after flattening. Please help.

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New Here ,
May 05, 2017 May 05, 2017

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Nothing happens when I press the tool arrow.  So I can't get the comment icon (couldn't think of a better place to hide it!).  Please advise.

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New Here ,
May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017

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Yes we can draw simple Comment Boxes but Comment Boxes aren't Objects and as such cant be rotated or manipulated as Object Rectangles can. 

Can someone advise me as to what I missing and how to Draw Objects and Lines in in DC Pro, the Object Toolbar remains gray and inactive in Edit PDF mode?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 25, 2017 May 25, 2017

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To draw objects and lines use the comment tools. Then flatten the annotations and you and edit it in Edit PDF mode.

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New Here ,
Feb 07, 2019 Feb 07, 2019

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Under Comments a box appears that says No Comments Yet. There are not options to draw a shape.

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New Here ,
Jun 05, 2019 Jun 05, 2019

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Thank you, Sara.

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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2020 Mar 24, 2020

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WHY EXACTY WAS IT CHANGED. A PERFECT  FUNCITON AND YOU FOULED IT UP. IN THE COMMENTS SECTION? WHY? I DONT WANT TO COMMENT. I WANT TO DRAW A RED LINE. NOT COMMENT. I WANT TO DRAW ONE DUMB RECTANGLE NOT COMMENT. WOW. MADE IT SOOOOOOO MUCH HARDER TO JUST DRAW ONE BOX. AND FORGET ABOUT TEXT. NOT EVEN GOING THERE. CANT ADD TEXT LIKE YOU USED TO  AGAIN, THE COMMENTS SECTION (WAAAAA?). THAT NO VIRTUALLY NO ONE USES FOR COMMENTS BTW. BIG WASTE OF TIME. TOO CUMBERSOME. CHANGE IT BACK. DONT ANY OF YOU PEOPLE ACTUALLY USE THE SOFTWARE YOU WRITE TO SEE HOW RIDICULOUS THIS IS. SIT DOWN WITH IT FOR ONE DAY ON TEN DEADINES. THEN YOU'LL CHANGE IT BACK. 

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New Here ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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I AM WITH YOU.

This just took me a year to figure out. SO DUMB. SHOULD BE IN THE EDIT TAB. I MISS BLUEBEAM.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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Adobe Acrobat is not a graphic editor.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

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No one here is trying to use it as a graphic editor. They are using trying to use drawing tools for mark-up (like me). If these tools are in the program, then they are meant to be used. Question: Why does my Drawing Tools icon in the tool bar appear sometimes and other times not when I am in Edit Document mode?

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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I use Acrobat to teach industrial print reading, One exercise involes tracing the energy paths of a fluid system which in previous versions was a simple a s drawing a line on a line. But now, every line I draw remains in an "edit box" and the properties bar stays grayed out until I draw another line. I have yet to figure out how to turn off the box so I can change colors and line-weights on the run.

 

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New Here ,
Aug 02, 2021 Aug 02, 2021

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The fact that I can't draw a simple box in the edit PDF functionality OR change the properties of my text box to add a background color is ridiculous. 

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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Why the drawing tool is buried in the comment tools in a mystery to me. It took me at least a 1/2 hour of searching to find this out. Very frustrating to say the least. If drawing tools was a separate item it would be much easier to find. Come on Adobe, you can do better than this!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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The drawing tools are comments.

Adobe Acrobat is not a graphic editor.

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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Which is not intutitve. Having to flatten the PDF to incorporate a drawing because drawings are comments is weird. When is a circle or box a comment?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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With circle or box you can mark e.g. errors in a document.

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New Here ,
Aug 11, 2021 Aug 11, 2021

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Yes, but only if you also add contextual text to explain why you drew a circle or box. 

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