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How can I see changes made to a document in Acrobat Pro DC?

New Here ,
Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

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I have a trial version of Acrobat Pro DC and am doing a proofreading job that requires changes to be seen, but at present they are not. My question is: can they be seen? If so, how? And if not, which program with a free trial can I use to do so? Thank you.

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Community Expert , Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

The correct workflow would be to add comments to the PDF and then send it back to the authors. They would then apply the changes in the original file format and generate a new PDF when done.

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Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

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Acrobat is not a word processing application, and should not be used as such. That's why it doesn't have a "Track Changes" function.

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The correct workflow would be to add comments to the PDF and then send it back to the authors. They would then apply the changes in the original file format and generate a new PDF when done.

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Apr 30, 2019 Apr 30, 2019

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If you can only view your changes as Comments, how do you know changes will look the way you want them to look? There's no way to view your changes? That's crazy.

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You can use the Compare Documents function to compare an old version with a new one, but PDF files were not meant to be edited directly, so applying changes to them is risky and not recommended.

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May 01, 2019 May 01, 2019

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You don't make changes to the PDF at all, so how they look is not relevant. Use comments only to COMMUNICATE to the author what THEY will change. No good workflow involves changing the actual PDF, and unfortunately Adobe marketing seems to tell you the exact opposite!


Think of the PDF like a printed (proof) copy. The copy is scribbled on to say what needs changing. Someone then makes the changes to the original.

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I have just worked out what I was omitting to do, I was using edit but I should have done it in "comments", where you can see what has been done (when I say track changes, that's what I was alluding to). So it's all solved, thank you.

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If you can only view your changes as Comments, how do you know changes will look the way you want them to look? There's no way to view your changes? That's crazy.

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