Adobe DC - Disable AutoCAD SHX Text box functionality

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Jul 11, 2016 Jul 11, 2016

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Hello and thanks for reading. - I have searched all over Google, the Adobe Forums, and other online Tech Tips trying to solve this, but so far have not been able to come up with anything.  -  I realize this is not an earth shattering issue and most users would be unaffected, but it is a drawdown in our productivity as well as a nuisance.

My company works with a lot of *.pdf documents which were originally created with AutoCAD and sent to us for analysis  . -  With DC 10, almost all of those documents now have comments or pop-up boxes.  The issue is that these were originally large 24"x36" drawings so they contain a lot of information, even more when it's loading a single page on a 24" monitor. -   As we try to review a full page, even on our large monitor, panning thru a document using the hand tool almost always results in grabbing a symbol of some sort.  If you accidentally grab one ( and it's hard not too ), Adobe DC determines you are selecting an AutoCAD text box, so it immediately disables the pan function and then turns the symbol into a blue box and calls up the Autocad SHX Text box.  -  This makes panning/scrolling problematic.

Today, the 1 page document I am currently working on has 1,688 comments -  If I bring up the comment App, I can hide all comments, which works fine for the document I am in, but as soon as the next document is loaded, the comments come back. - 

Is there a global - sticky - setting that can control all files or is there a selection to turn this back into an actual "flat file" with no AutoCAD functionality ?  -  Like back in the good old days when Adobe was so simple.

Thanks in advance.

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New Here ,
Jun 14, 2018 Jun 14, 2018

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I have the same issue sometimes with plan sheets I receive from external partners that I need to incorporate into my plan set.  I don't have a solution to turn this off, but a work around I use is to "print" the PDF file to the Adobe PDF printer from my list of printers.  In the print screen, there is a section for "Comments and Forms", select document only and it should strip away the SHX text data that is appearing as a comment in the PDF file, while keeping the actual text in the file that I can read & review.

This will create another pdf file so you will need to figure out a naming convention to not confuse the original file with the new file that doesn't have the SHX text in it.

I am using Adobe Pro DC-Ver.2015.023.20070. with WIN 10 operating system.

I'm sorry I don't have a better solution, but hopefully this workaround can make your job easier.

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Jul 12, 2020 Jul 12, 2020

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I also had this problem. I am trying to add comments and then the comment cursor selects the SHX text!!. And I wanted to make a comment to the text, because it's wrong. For some reason my PC was extremely slow working in these PDF's with SHX. With this work around my PC is at its max speed again... Why do we use PDF, because it does not draw much resources from the PC, these SHX texts inhibit the functional use of Adobe and PDF!

 

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Thank you. This solved my problem. 

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Jul 13, 2020 Jul 13, 2020

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Thanks for the work around. Why can't Adobe do this in the program? Bluebeam Revu is very good for engineering/drafting

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Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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This is not working for me on Mac, I get the following message: 
"Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported. Instead, choose File > Save."
any Idea what could be causing this?

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Nov 13, 2020 Nov 13, 2020

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This is impossible on Mac. 

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Jan 09, 2021 Jan 09, 2021

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This is the most direct solution. Type PDFSHX command in AutoCAD, and set the value to 0. This will eliminate SHX comments in converted PDFs altogether. I hope that helps. 

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Jul 14, 2022 Jul 14, 2022

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Hello, this solution avoid PDF SHX Comments, but it flattens the text in PDF and the document is no more searchable. Is there any way where we can convert the Autocad DWG file to searchable PDF without Autocad SHX Text? 

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Jan 09, 2021 Jan 09, 2021

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This is the most direct solution. Type PDFSHX command in AutoCAD, and set the value to 0. This will eliminate SHX comments in converted PDFs altogether. I hope that helps.

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Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Many of us are experiencing the same issue. However, the issue starts with the individual that creates the PDF from AutoCAD. We are not the ones creating the problem, we are just trying to deal with it after the fact. The method of reprinting the PDF in my experience reduces the file size to about half its original size. It is a pain, but it does help. So the most direct solution is the answer, but we need to get this information to the people creating these files with AutoCAD SHX comments in the first place. 

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Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021

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Yes, we get sent thousands of PDF files from clients that have this issue from Autocad export, like you we cant do anything about this as we cant get the client to change their processes. I was unsure if we could flatten the PDF or if doing that would loose something that was needed in the comments.

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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Try use foxit reader.

i install both of this and either of these still have some issues.

Adobe annoying with SHX while comment or sketching comment, while you will not see any of these SHX block in foxit reader. Not sure why Adobe cannot learn from this.

 

Foxit reader sometimes cannot printing, just show the printing loop. But i love the way they manage for commenting.

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Jul 14, 2022 Jul 14, 2022

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Hello, this solution avoid PDF SHX Comments, but it flattens the text in PDF and the document is no more searchable. Is there any way where we can convert the Autocad DWG file to searchable PDF without Autocad SHX Text? 

 

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Jun 23, 2022 Jun 23, 2022

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Go to Comments > Filter > Hide All Comments

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Jul 14, 2022 Jul 14, 2022

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Hello, this solution just hides PDF SHX Comments, but document remains too slow.

Is there any way where we can convert the Autocad DWG file to searchable PDF without Autocad SHX Text? 

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