Is there a way to copy comments AND all replies to a separate document?

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May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

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My team and I work a lot with comments and replies and often have to copy them on to a separate document. How we have done it in the past is copy the original comment (it does not copy any of the replies) and then manually re-enter the replies and change the properties to the name of the person that actually made the reply. I thought there has to be a better way to do this. Any help is much appreciated.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 17, 2016 May 17, 2016

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You can export all the the comments to a data file (FDF) and then import it

in the target file. Both commands are available under the Options button in

the Comments list.

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Jun 02, 2018 Jun 02, 2018

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Import it to where? I can't import it in InDesign or open it to copy the text and put it elsewhere. it used to be easy to copy comment text and place it into InDesign; now it seems difficult or impossible. Another "improvement" on Adobe's part?

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Jun 02, 2018 Jun 02, 2018

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To a blank copy of the PDF, using Acrobat.

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Jun 02, 2018 Jun 02, 2018

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I should have been clearer. I want to copy comments and paste them into InDesign, which used to be easy.

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Jun 03, 2018 Jun 03, 2018

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Ask in the InDesign forums.

On Sun, Jun 3, 2018, 02:46 Grundoon Groundhog <forums_noreply@adobe.com>

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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Maybe this will help: Document Geek: How to Extract Text From Locked Comments within an Acrobat Shared Review

If your comments are locked, you'll have to open the comment bubble.

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Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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thanks. It used to be possible to import comments from one PDF to another. Has that facility been "improved" out of existence?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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You'll just need to export them as FDF and then import them into your other PDF. https://creativepro.com/working-with-fdfs-forms-data-files/

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Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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So what was done in one step now has to be done in two. I tried that and the comments no longer appear on the same PDF pages, only in the comments list. Not an improvement.

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Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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Jun 04, 2018 Jun 04, 2018

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Thanks, I have done so. I really have to wonder about Adobe's decisions.

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Jun 12, 2018 Jun 12, 2018

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I found a script that will do this. https://franciscomorales.org/2012/10/18/how-to-extract-highlighted-text-from-a-pdf-file/

I tested it on a document with 6 comments, of which 3 had replies. It broke the comments into tow groups, as shown below. The replies were grouped together, as opposed to being next to their original comment. But this is a start and I bet a scripter could work on the script to get it to do what you want. At least this way you wouldn't have to copy and paste each comment and reply individually.

Screen Shot 2018-06-12 at 11.45.06 AM.png

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