InDesign Share for Review - FAQ

Adobe Employee ,
Jun 15, 2020 Jun 15, 2020

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Using Share for Review in InDesign’s June 2020 release, you can share your designs for online review, and manage feedback right within the app. Stakeholders can open the shared document in a browser to provide feedback. Share for Review streamlines and simplifies the review process for both designers and their stakeholders 

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The following FAQs provide clarity on common questions around Share for Review 

Share the document for review - FAQ

View reviewer comments - FAQ 

Review the document - FAQ

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How is Share for Review different from the ‘Integrated comment and review’ feature in InDesign CS5? How does it compare to the Import PDF Comments (IPC) feature?  

Adobe is investing in features and services that make creative collaboration easier and more enjoyable.  

With Share for Review, our aspiration is to make reviewing and editing InDesign creative more seamless, and address the following limitations in CS Review: 

  • Requirement for a flash plugin to use this feature 
  • Lack of support for key features such as email notifications 
  • User challenges with feature discoverability 

Compared to Import PDF Comments (IPC), Share for Review reduces time by eliminating the need to create and share PDFs and collate the resulting feedback. We will be working to enhance the reviewing features and capabilities in Share for Review, which will soon help this tool surpass the experience of IPC, from end to end.   

 

Does Share for Review include text commenting capabilities? 

This first version of the feature allows you to provide feedback through the sticky note and pencil tools. We will continue to improve the experience, and we will soon incorporate more text commenting capabilities, including text highlight, text strikethrough, and the ability to accept text comments in a single click. 

 

Is this feature being introduced into InCopy?  

It is not. Instead, we’ll be making significant updates to InCopy by taking it to the Web to provide better collaboration capabilities. Stay tuned!    

 

What text capabilities do I have as a reviewer?  

As a reviewer, you will be able to highlight text, strikethrough text, and replace text corresponding to your comment. 

 

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Let us know of any challenges, or questions you have for us around Share for Review and we’ll be happy to assist you. 

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Feature request, How to, Import and export, Performance, Publish online, Sync and storage

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New Here , Nov 12, 2020 Nov 12, 2020
This has worked for others:Save any work and close all openSign out of InDesign (Help > Sign out). This will cause indesign to quit.Launch InDesign again, at which point you should be prompted to sign in again.

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Adobe Employee ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Hi there,

 

Apologies for the delay in responding to you. 

Are you still facing this issue? If yes, can you confirm if the issue is specific to a document?

 

Regards,

Sheena

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 17, 2020 Dec 17, 2020

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Yes, it is still happening, now with another new document. The highlight, strike-thru and replace text icons were there at the beginning when I first sent it out by review, but now they are gone. This time, though, I had warned this client about not trusting those 3 icons and only use the Place the Pin icon. 

 

I always have the latest version of ID. Using Microsoft Edge browser, also tried it in Firefox--same thing.

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New Here ,
Dec 21, 2020 Dec 21, 2020

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Share for rewiev... It is great feature, but... still not working! Sometimes works (slooowly), sometimes not. Now, in InDesign I can see pins on pages, but I can't comments. Window of review is empty. Why??? I'm very frustrated, because I recently shared big file with the customer. And now I have big problem. Adobe shame on you. When you fix this necessary feature, especially in this COVID days?

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Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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Cannot duplicate a shared InDesign file for versioning without creating problems. 

I shared an InDesign file for review. I needed to created various versions of the document under different names and also share those separately. Share For Review thinks they are all the same file and will not allow me to share them separately, even if the files have different names. I thought maybe it was the "Artifact" cache, so I emptied that and also went to the Share for Review website and deleted all shares of the documents to start over. Still, there is something unseen, associating those files so that Share for Review cannot differentiate between them and allow the different versions to be shared. It's the most bizarre and unexpected behaviour — no logic to it. Advice? InDesign 16.1 on Mac OS Catalina. 

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New Here ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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Used this feature for the first time last Thursday (11 Feb 2021). Running ID 15.1.3 on Mac mini running 10.13.6

What I have found:

-Pin tool (Sticky note?) works as intended in both the web space and ID. It does block your view of the art.

-Pencil tool works, but the line ends up thinner in ID, and shifts upward about 15 points compared to the web space.

-Text correction tools not available to the owner and any use of these tools by a guest leaves a comment without any visual indicatior to guide the owner to where the comment might reference.

 

I would suggest the following:

-Pins and other comment markings have a show/hide flag that can be toggled in ID

-Option to edit an existing comment marking (move pin, redraw pencil line, reselect text)

-Possibly, an extra layer in ID file exclusively for comment markings? And with that, a toggle for grouping markings with the underlying text/object, so that moving the marking and the object together is optional.

-At minimum, fix the bugged tools and add a preference for transparency of comment markings.

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Hi there,

 

Thanks for the amazing suggestions. 🙂

 

I'd suggest you post them on the UserVoice so that the team can look into it directly and update you. 

 

Regards,

Sheena

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New Here ,
Feb 17, 2021 Feb 17, 2021

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Sheena,

 

After I posted all that, I found the UserVoice community and learned a few other things:

-Some of the bugs with the review process are resolved in ID 16, which will be nice if and when I can upgrade, but is useless to me right now.

-I did find the visibility toggle; I was looking for it on individual comments when it was document-wide.

-I discovered you can at least move pins after they are dropped. None of the FAQs you have mention this feature.

 

Thanks for the help,

Ward

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Attempting to used the Shared Review, InDesign V16.1, MacOS Catalina 10.15.7. I packaged the document on my Lacie external hardrive, I had been working on the document with the new M1 chip laptop. Shared Review did not work on the new laptop. Opened it on my desktop, updated the computer software and the Indesign software to the latest. Restarted the computer. Twice. Still I get the attached reaction.

 

I'm still too new to design to understand the ICC Profiles, and I don't know if that's the only reason that the Shared Review isn't working. Yikes.

 

Help.

 

Thanks ever so much!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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You'll have to find the problematic image

https://community.adobe.com/t5/indesign/version-4-icc-profiles-were-converted-to-version-2-icc-profi...

 

And that is only for the PDF being generated i n the background - I beleve.

Do you need people to download the PDF? If not,  you can turn this off in the settings, I believe.

 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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I found 1 image that was CMYK, where as all the others were RGB. The ICC profile varied, from Document RGB to sRGB IEC61966-2-1 black scaled. I literally have no idea what that means. Uggg. 

 

I need people to be able to use the Shared Review link and leave comments.

 

THANK YOU for helping me! I am clearly fumbling. 

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New Here ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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Simple (not so simple) solve we have found consistently works (until it stops working again)
Quit Creative Suite

Log out of CC

Shut down (not restart)

Start up computer

Start inDesign

Log into CC ONLY WHEN PROMPTED BY inDESIGN

Share for Review should now work.

Don't ask me why.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 10, 2021 Mar 10, 2021

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I'm using a mac and at least for me, I don't have to shut down the computer...

 

I quit all Adobe apps, log out of Creative Cloud, quit Creative Cloud and then open InDesign and log in.

 

I find that this issue almost always returns after InDesign crashes - whenever it crashes I'm like - ugh here we go again... 🙂

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Mar 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021

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Update: 3/30/21: I have been cutting down on the number of things I need to do to get the Share for Review to show properly for my big file. I have stripped it down to:

1. Open my big file, open Share for Review Panel, only option is Create even though I have already created one.

2. Open my small file, open Share for Review Panel, it looks normal and would allow me to Update Link, thouigh I don't need to.

3. Leaving small file open, switch back to big file, open Share for Review Panel, it is blank.

4. In big file, close and repopen Share for Review Panel, it now works fine.

 

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Thanks for posting this.

 

I have had multiple tech support calls with Adobe about similar problems. I will say that tech support has been very supportive and helpful and worked hard on this. (I will call out Gideon who has been particularly expert and helpful. Twice.)

 

I am on Windows, and I, too, found that I can restart without shutting down entirely to help fix problems with "Update Link" in Share for Review. However, sometimes I have to do an additional step:

 

This may be related to my wanting just a link with no password on all I've done so far.

 

After logging out of Creative Cloud, restarting and logging in again only after restarting InDesign demands it, I open my file and open Share for Review, and see a spinning blue circle (or get one that lasts a long time when I click Update Link), I:

1. Leave the file open

2. Bring up some random other short file in InDesign, for which I have previously created a Share for Review, and click Update Link for that file.

3. Go back to the file for which Share for Review wasn't working, and see this error message:

InDesign-error-updating-artifact.jpg

and I simply clear the error message and everything seems to work OK.

 

However, sometimes, the second time I go back to "Update Link" again, the only thing Share for Review shows me is the "Create" button. It has forgotten that I have already CREATED a Share for Review.

If I open that small junk file, make a minor change, and then click "Update Link" to update its Share for Review, save the file, and then go back to my main file, I can now click "Update Link" and update my file.

This is a really hard game. Someone should make up a good hint book.

 

Hope this helps someone else, and that Adobe works the kinks out in the 16.2 update. Because, despite all the hassles right now, Share for Review has just great potential to improve collaboration on documents.

Update, a day or two later: Good news: at least for me, this works every time. Bad news: I have had to do it three times since I first posted this.

As I am, I encourage those of you with similar issues to look for patterns, as that kind of feedback helps the dev team track down and fix issues. Here might be a pattern:

Today, I opened my Survival chapter (long document that is my primary Share for Review focus right now). Opened Share for Review, only option was "Create." Opened my small "junk file for updating its Share for Review just to kick Share for Review into working in another document." Looked at Share for Review there, looked OK. Did not click "Update link." Switched back to the still-open Survival chapter, now Share for Review is entirely blank. Switched to another program and came back to InDesign in about a minute. This time, Share for Review looks normal, with the "Update link" option available. This was without actually "doing" anything in Share for Review in either document. I have no idea what this means but I hope the development team does. And, if this is reproducible, it offers an easier workaround when Share for Review needs a kick. Just open another document, open Share for Review in it, then switch back to the problem document, click Share for Review, close Share for Review, and then wait for a couple of minutes and try again. 

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 12, 2021 Mar 12, 2021

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I really want this feature to work better for me. I am hopeful that there will be some serious stability improvements soon. On my Mac InDesign will spontaneously zoom out and jump to a different page, it will randomly apply the status resolved filter turning all edit marks back on, it will sometimes just go blank in the share for review pop down not letting me update the link. Sometimes the review panel is just black. And I can't save a revision. The one file that has to be overwritten. I can't save a v02, v03, etc. without needing to re-share for review which loses all the comments. Again, want this to work but stability is frustrating. 

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