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PDF Comments not aligning

New Here ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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I'm trying out the new InDesign Import PDF Comments feature.

This is a great new feature. However some of the edits are not aligning properly in the text.

For example, a comment to insert a  sentence at the end of a paragraph actually inserts it at the end of the previous sentence, but before the end period. So now I have a sentence within a sentence.

Another comment involved adding a space after a period where there was none. But the edit actually placed the space a couple characters to the right.

Could this be a font compatibility issue? All fonts are loaded, and production PDFs have been generated from similar files before.

And the comments were displaying as importing successfully. No edits were made to the InDesign file before importing the comments.

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Community Expert , Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

Hi Dave,

this could be a bug, I think.

Provide a sample of your document, also some screenshots and report it here:

Adobe InDesign Feedback

Regards,
Uwe

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Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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Were any changes made to the InDesign file from which the PDF was created (used for commenting on in Reader or Acrobat) after PDF creation? You're specifically warned not to do that because InDesign can lose track of the location of the comments.

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Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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Let me use this as an excuse to say that I love this functionality. But it often is the case that a file will be modified and then another PDF comes in with corrections by another reviewer, which renders the import moot.

Maybe you could look at stuff like Wrike or even GoProof showing how a nicely integrated collaborative client approval would be possible that goes way beyond this, but could profit from Adobe integration. Indesign - PDF via Publish online  - a nice approval workflow online - the PDF-edits appear roundtrip in Indesign - update - the clients see a new iteration and so on. It could be marvelous and would make the CC rent model SO much better. Also - Copy editing in the browser, as GoProof offers, is quite nice and would be a great add-on for CC. Actually, it would make «Document / Creative Cloud» really shine ;-).

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New Here ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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Steve, thanks for the reply.

No, I didn't make any other edits to the InDesign file. I specifically made the PDF comments to test this feature, and immediately loaded it back into the InDesign file to test.

I even tried it again, and had the same results.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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Hi Dave,

this could be a bug, I think.

Provide a sample of your document, also some screenshots and report it here:

Adobe InDesign Feedback

Regards,
Uwe

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 17, 2018 Oct 17, 2018

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Hi Dave,

As suggested by Uwe, please report a bug with your document.

Regards

-Anshul

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New Here ,
Oct 25, 2018 Oct 25, 2018

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Hello,

I'm excited about this new feature in ID CC.

It would help me a lot in my work.

Unfortunately I have similar issues with it.

The sticky notes that come from the pdf comments appear misplaced and very large in the ID document.

It's impossible to correctly locate them without seeing the original place of the comment in the pdf.

The InDesign file was not edited after the pdf export.

I searched in the preferences, but did not find any way of at least reducing the sticky notes size in ID CC.

In the trailer video the sticky notes are in perfect size, but it shows InDesign CC for MacOS. I'm working on Windows 10 PC.

Please advice is it a problem of the OS or there is a preference to control it.

I could upload some screenshots.

Thank You

Thank You

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Community Expert ,
Oct 25, 2018 Oct 25, 2018

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Hi krasious ,

there is no way to control the size of the widgets.

They are always the same.

Do a feature modification request here:

Adobe InDesign Feedback

Come back and post the link of your request so that we can vote for the modification.

Regards,
Uwe

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Enthusiast ,
Oct 25, 2018 Oct 25, 2018

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Hi krasious ,

That isn't the way to properly edit a PDF. If annotations are made using the delete, replace or insert text tools in Acrobat, they are captured and allowed to be "accepted". I've had to train many on how to use the proper tools in Acrobat - the sticky note can move in Acrobat based on magnification, we've always used it as a callout "not the right image, move this page after page 4, etc.)

Side note, you can "accept" the comments, but they do not recognize bolding or italicizing in the comment. Also, replies to comment show up, but are not available to apply.

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Community Expert ,
Oct 25, 2018 Oct 25, 2018

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What you can do:

View or not view all comments in the layout.

ViewCommentsInLayout-1.PNG

ViewCommentsInLayout-2.PNG

Regards,
Uwe

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Community Beginner ,
May 15, 2024 May 15, 2024

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Updating this thread because this issue persists in May 2024, almost 6 years after this post was made. In the screenshot below I've provided an example that I just experienced.

 

An editor just sent me a PDF with comments (she uses Adobe Reader 2024.002.20736) that I imported to InDesign (19.4). We both run macOS Sonoma 14.4.1. This example is just one of many mistakes that happened when I imported the comments. Apparently InDesign makes most of the mistakes when a correction was made in a text frame that is not part of the general text flow, but the error is not exclusively happening this way as can be seen below. Also, the erroneous mapping seems to mostly, or only, happen with strikeouts. As you can see in on the right, the editor wanted the "b)" to be struck out, but InDesign mapped the correction to the "a" in the word "relatively" further down on the page (see left part of the screenshot):

Screenshot 2024-05-15 at 14.27.32.png

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