importing PDF comments: see/keep local formatting

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Hi everyone,

 

I’m using InDesign CC 2019 (14.0.3) under macOS Mojave (10.14.6 (18G8012)).

Working as a typographer, I’m often handed PDF with comments. Overall this works well but I’m missing two things. First, the PDF Comments panel menu doesn’t display local formatting (italic, bold, bold italic) whereas these are visible in Acrobat. Second and most important, when accepting a comment, any local formatting doesn’t translate into InDesign. As if the whole content is treated as plain text.

 

I’ve checked the online User Guide but the page dedicated to PDF comments doesn’t mention it. I’ve found a couple of people (1, 2) reporting this lack but apart from a workaround, it seems these features aren’t implemented yet.

 

Am I missing something? If not, what’s the plan Adobe or was it added/fixed in more recent versions?

 

Thanks & best,

 

Mathieu

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021
Salut Mathieu,   no, i don't think you're missing something – it's just how this feature is right now.   i invite you to post your feature request over here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/   regards, Joely

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Mar 16, 2021 Mar 16, 2021

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Salut Mathieu,

 

no, i don't think you're missing something – it's just how this feature is right now.

 

i invite you to post your feature request over here: https://indesign.uservoice.com/

 

regards,

Joely

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Mar 17, 2021 Mar 17, 2021

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Bonjour Joely,

Thank you for confirming that this feature doesn’t exist yet. I’ve just posted a request using the link.

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Apr 16, 2021 Apr 16, 2021

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Mathieu said:

"…First, the PDF Comments panel menu doesn’t display local formatting (italic, bold, bold italic) whereas these are visible in Acrobat. Second and most important, when accepting a comment, any local formatting doesn’t translate into InDesign. As if the whole content is treated as plain text."

 

We recently had someone in this forum who also missed a method to transfer bold, italic, bold-italic or underline from the PDF comments in Acrobat to the layout in InDesign. There is no actual solution implemented as you already know, but maybe the script RichPaste.jsx by Marc Autret could work for you: Transfer bold, italic, bold-italic or underline through copy/paste from Acrobat to InDesign without transferring the used Segoe UI font.

 

See details in my answer in this thread:

 

Including formating from PDF comments
rasmussvanejensen, Mar 26, 2021
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/including-formating-from-pdf-comments/m-p/11928368#M419926

 

My workaround outlined in the same thread:
https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/including-formating-from-pdf-comments/m-p/11968211#M422066

 

I tested Marc's script with my German InDesign 2021 on Windows 10 without any issues.

It should also work on Mac OS. Let me know what you think…

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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