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stylus annotation, not draw shapes

New Here ,
Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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Using Windows 10 desktop with a plug in graphics tab and stylus. Would like to be able to use the stylus to make notes on a pdf e.g. student coursework. Highlighting and comments is ok, but doesn't let me just add a comma or circle a spelling error etc.

Any advice?

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Hi Isa!

 

Thank you for reaching out.

 

As you are trying to add notes via stylus on PDF, please try using the "Use drawing tool" option under Comment Tools in the application.

In the application, go to Tools > Comment and click on the Pencil icon for "Use drawing tool".

Check if that works.

 

Let us know if you are looking for a different workflow.

 

Thanks,

Meenakshi

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New Here ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Thanks, but I did try that, it's not smooth for writing. Everytime I take
my stylus off it pauses to complete a "shape"
Isa

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Community Expert ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Are you sure you're using the Pencil tool?

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New Here ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Yes it's the one that looks like a pencil?

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Community Expert ,
Mar 19, 2021 Mar 19, 2021

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Correct. It should allow you to draw freely. You don't have to complete a shape with it.

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New Here ,
Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

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I don't seem to have a choice in this, as soon as the tip of the stylus
leaves the surface it seems to save it as a shape on the page. There is a
slight delay in the processing meaning that the next letter doesn't start
immediately, each series of letters completed in the same stroke is
appearing as an individual shape. See video for demo
https://youtu.be/gr8UZYddzBo

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Isa Wilson

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Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

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Do you mean that you want each stroke to be saved as its own comment, instead of all of them being part of a single one?

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New Here ,
Mar 21, 2021 Mar 21, 2021

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No, what I'd like is to be able to annotate freehand on top of the pdf and
then save my annotations. But I'd really like them to actually look like
what I was trying to write/draw not the hieroglyphics that I'm currently
getting. When I do a similar thing during a PowerPoint presentation, the
"ink" goes on the slide smoothly, I'm not bothered as to how many items it
is, but the constant stop start while it saves each stroke as a new shape
means that half the text is being lost.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 23, 2021 Mar 23, 2021

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My guess is it has to do with the sensitivity of the stylus or the pad you're using. I'm afraid I can't help you beyond that with this issue.

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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The stylus has no issues with any other program, it's definitely something to do with how Adobe is processing the pen strokes.

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Community Expert ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Then you can report it as a bug here: https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

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New Here ,
Nov 14, 2023 Nov 14, 2023

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Adobe is simply incapable of offering stylus functionality to make handwritten annotations on a PDF! We have been asking for this for more than a decade now. They do not listen to their customers. It is that simple.

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