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Is there any tool as "Format Painter" in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Community Beginner ,
Jul 15, 2020 Jul 15, 2020

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Hi. Is there any tool as "Format Painter" like the one in MS Office Word/Excel/Access or Autodesk-Autocad to copy/paste the properties of an object to other object in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC?

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Hi Max

 

We are sorry for the trouble. As described, you are looking for a tool like 'Format Painter' in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

 

Would you mind sharing more details about the workflow you are trying to achieve?

 

Sadly, the option for format painter is not available yet in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. You may use the Adobe wish form https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html to submit your request with the engineering team.

 

Regards

Amal

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Hi Amal,

I went to Adobe wish and I found out someone has already raised this request - long time ago - but "DECLINED". I don't know what that means as there is no explanation has been shared.

 

Adobe is the main and master provider of software/application for pdf work; but, they are falling behind competators with less (resist to) update/ improve/ innovate.

The "Format Painter" is useful and save lots of time for simple commands of "Comments" tool like texts/ line/ Arrow/ Polygon/ Text Callout/... as it is an standard tool in the most of major softwares like MS office and Autodesk.

We are using different settings of font/colour/ fill/ border/... so re-setting "default" each time is not solution. It is really iritating to do all format settings everytime as I wonder why till know there is not a tool to copy/paste the format of an object to other similar object.

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Community Expert ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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You can change the default appearance of the various comments, by right-clicking a comment that has the desired properties and select "Make Current Properties Default". This will only affect comments (of that type) that you create later on, though, it doesn't allow you to copy those properties to existing comments.

 

If you're interested I could create for you a script that will do that, for a fee. You can contact me privately via [try6767 at gmail.com] to discuss it further.

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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Thanks for the offer,

I am just burning more compamy time (: and I don't care that much to spend money for it.

It is long time that, I myself at home use other pdf editor product - not Adobe.

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New Here ,
Dec 15, 2022 Dec 15, 2022

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I completely agree. DUCK ADOBE. You eat your competitors and make us pay for the $h*t they become (unrelated gripe). This product is all you and you can't even do what Microsoft Word could do for 30 years.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 15, 2022 Dec 15, 2022

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You are really missing the point of Acrobat.  It's not a word processor or content creation tool, so there is no point in a format painter. Adobe InDesign however, is such a tool, and has very sophisticated formatting capbilities. So if you don't know what you are talking about, the please don't denegrate it. 

 

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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New Here ,
Jul 22, 2021 Jul 22, 2021

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So, still not available?

 

I have a case for you.  I have a document that someone else made with a font layout that I can't replacate (Arial Narrow that is somehow outline).  I'd like to just copy that formating to my project since I'm having to remake the design.  If I use the Format Painter, I can just copy how it was done and I'm done in 5 min instead of having to try for hours to try to recreate how it was done.

 

So instead I'll have to take it over to Excel and make it over there and search the internet for free fonts.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 09, 2022 Feb 09, 2022

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I am surprised that there are not more "Wishes" in this forum. There are hundreds of postings about a "Format Painter" tool not being included in Acrobat. I would suggest Adobe rectify this oversight. Many others have taken the same route when we find Format Painter is not included... we buy and recommend other products and Adobe loses a sale. I have used Acrobat for over 20 years, but haven't bought it myself in over 10 years. I have bought other programs. My favorite at this time is BlueBeam. Acrobat used to be the "Cadillac" pdf program. It is now far down the list.  Adobe's other programs are still top-notch. I only have the current version at work because that is what they provided. I have suggested we get something else though. It is far from a full-featured pdf creator. But, hey, it is better than Acrobat Reader. Now, there is a program that is well worth the price! Free!

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LEGEND ,
Feb 09, 2022 Feb 09, 2022

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Where do you see the hundreds of postings about a "Format Painter" tool in Acrobat? I could only find five discussions.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 09, 2022 Feb 09, 2022

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 "1, 2, 3, 4, whatever, it's hundreds"  

 

 

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
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Community Beginner ,
Feb 09, 2022 Feb 09, 2022

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On the Adobe Wish site, there are few. Given the large client-base for Adobe products, I was surprised at how few "Wishes" are to be found here. Looking at other sites the complaint comes up over and over. Most simply choose another product. Review sites comparing pfd creation products have quite a few lamenting missing Format Painter. For those who are aware of this feature it becomes a hot-button.

 

Remember, it is a well-known fact that for every complaint there are a hundred or more dissatisfied customers that don’t complain. They simply buy somewhere else.

I know Acrobat isn’t geared to the engineering field, so doesn’t have tools to work with design software. It is geared toward other creative uses and Format Painter is expected and useful for many other uses.

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Jul 16, 2020 Jul 16, 2020

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No, but it might be possible using a script, depending on the kind of "object" you're referring to.

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Dec 13, 2022 Dec 13, 2022

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The absence of a Format Painter is exactly how a giant stumbles and nimbler competitors eat their lunch.

 

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