Import PDF Comments- 'PDF is not created from inDesign. Select another PDF to continue.'

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I created the PDF in inDesign and sent it to my clients to feedback. They used Acrobat and sent it back but now it is saying this and I can't use it in Import PDF Comments - which was really helpful.

 

Has anyone come across this and why is it happening in the latest version of inDesign?

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Adobe Community Professional , Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022
In detail: When in Acrobat Pro DC and the PDF with the comments open, check this menu command in the Comments panel: "Export All to Data File…" You'll export a *.fdf file that can be imported to the Comments panel with: "Import Data File…" Regards, Uwe Laubender ( ACP )

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Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

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Did your clients edit the PDF with Acrobat Pro or perhaps with a different tool?

What exact version of Acrobat did they use? On what operating system?

 

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I am just getting that information from the client and when I have it I will post back into here - thank you for the questions that needed to be asked.

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Look into the file Information. There you will find the creator program. There can you See, what they really use. 

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Ah yes I see, the PDF is coming back as creator PDFium as creator and encoding software? 

 

Do you have any ideas from this?

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PDFium is a PDF reader/editor software program by FoxIt. It's also an opensource PDF program. https://www.openhub.net/p/pdfium

 

It's a competitor to Adobe Acrobat.

 

Bevi Chagnon | PubCom | Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents | Books & Classes | InDesign | PDFs | Office |

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This has happened to me. The comments in the PDF were made by 3 or 4 editors, all using Acrobat or Reader. The PDF was shared through Sharepoint. The PDF was copied locally and still would not work. The Indesign document was revised several times, and perhaps a new version of ID was used. The PDF was commented several times over.

 

With this particular PDF/ID doc, I did not resolve the import PDF comment issue, I just opened and retrieved comments from Acrobat. There are many factors involved with this process, which I am not surprised of an occassional glitch.

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I am having to resort back to opening in Acrobat and retrieving the comments there rather than receiving them in inDesign. It's a great facility that he's with time and more critically errors! So it would be able to find a way to be able to get the comments in inDesign

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Workaround:

Export the PDF again from InDesign, open that PDF in Acrobat Pro and import the PDF comments from the other PDF your clients sent back.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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I cannot find how to import the comments from the other PDF (from client)?

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In detail:

When in Acrobat Pro DC and the PDF with the comments open, check this menu command in the Comments panel: "Export All to Data File…"

You'll export a *.fdf file that can be imported to the Comments panel with:

"Import Data File…"

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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This worked! Thank you so much. I do realise that this may not always work and I will discuss option with clients, but in the first instance when they are making many typographical changes this means less room for error. I really appreciate everyone's help here. It has been amazing.

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The question is if all comments that were done with PDFium are compatible to Acrobat's own fdf file format.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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The standards for PDF comments are not well documented, and then not well implemented by various developers.

Bottom line: it's a gamble whether you'll get something that will work.

 

Try it an see. You can download PDFium from GitHub. Or try FoxIt's version https://developers.foxit.com/resources/pdf-sdk/c_api_reference_pdfium/group___f_p_d_f_i_u_m.html

 

Two reasons to maintain a strict Adobe workflow:

  1. Adobe created the PDF file format, and now that it's in the public domain, the PDF standards are controlled / overseen / dominated (use whichever modifer strikes your fancy) by Adobe. Hopefully that deep knowledge trickles down to Adobe's programmers.
  2. With an InDesign feature like importing PDF comments, there's greater likelihood of compatibility between its family of products (InDesign + Acrobat) then if an outside vendor's product is used.

 

Although we support opensource at my shop, I run a business and can't often risk having tech problems because of half-baked open source stuff.

 

Bevi Chagnon | PubCom | Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents | Books & Classes | InDesign | PDFs | Office |

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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Good point, Bevi!

However, I think that the commenting feature in Acrobat Pro is documented very well.

Ok. At least it was. And still is with the reduced feature set InDesign is able to see. That's the main point.

If PDFium's comments are done with features InDesign cannot cope with, then also an fdf exchange cannot work sufficiently.

 

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Uwe Laubender

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