Why does Preview Final get disabled after a single edit?

Community Beginner ,
Feb 17, 2021

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FM 2020, DITA 1.3.

We have just recently started using FM2020. In order to review my colleague's edits in a large document (i.e. large DITAMAP with 100s of DITA files), we use Track Text Edits. Occasionally, it is far easier to read a paragraph with all of the tracked changes hidden (i.e. Preview Final). However, if I make a single edit in Preview Final mode, FM will auto-switch back to Preview Off (i.e. showing all of the tracked changes). I find this behaviour very frustrating, because I sometimes need to make edits in Preview Final mode, but I still want the edits to be tracked. 

In our DITAMAP, it takes 1-2 min to switch modes, so turning Preview Final mode on/off is not fun.

Am I missing something? Is there a way to keep Preview Final mode on while editing?

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 17, 2021

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Hi @Ian16B7  

I understand your concern but it is not recommended to edit file while previewing it.
You can preview off a single file also instead of preview on/off on the whole ditmap if it takes time to switch.

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Ref: 

https://help.adobe.com/en_US/framemaker/using/using-framemaker/user-guide/WS19536AB6-D292-43ab-8A1B-...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 17, 2021

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Hi Pulkit,

 

Thank you very much for this info. I had not noticed this scope list (at the very left of the Track Text Edits toolbar) yet, although I use Track Text Edits very often.

When I activate or deactivate Track Text Edits in a book, this takes maybe 10 seconds. Still I do not like it. Now I can change this only for the active file. Very good.

 

Best regards

 

Winfried

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Feb 18, 2021

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Dear Pultkin,

 

Thank you for the quick response and link to that webpage.

While I understand that this is how Adobe FM has been designed to be used, I am at a loss to understand why this forced workflow is decided upon. This lack of ability to edit while in Preview Final mode, and your suggested work-around, has a large impact on usabilty. In other words, I cannot do my job efficiently. 

While I can appreciate that there might be some use-case scenarios in which having it auto-switch back would be helpful, it is not helpful to me.

Adobe FM users - does anyone else find this auto-switching behaviour frustrating?

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