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Community Beginner ,
Oct 01, 2018 Oct 01, 2018

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I have just updated to Acrobat Pro CC 2009.008.20071 and now when I bring up a list of comments on a PDF design file there is no longer a check box to tick off changes as I go. I used to filter by unchecked comments to keep track of what fixes had been actioned. The check box is no longer there.

There are more approval options (completed/apprvoed/add check box etc) in the hamburger dropdown but that is surely not the process for checking off each edit?!

I have identified a temporary (but less good) workaround - (shift + k) which ticks the corner of the box but it doesn't then take you to the next comment as occurred previously, meaning that you need to click on the next one. This actually slows down workflow significantly in a graphic design setting where changes are actioned at speed and timed/. I have read in other forums that some designers used to press the space bar to tick and move to the next change to be even faster. @

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

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This appears to be an intentional change:

What's new in Adobe Acrobat DC

However, I'm not a fan and would like the checkboxes back

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Explorer ,
Sep 13, 2021 Sep 13, 2021

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How stupid is this? I used those constantly when posting documents for edits. Was so easy to check off each edit when completed. There is an option to "show checkboxes" in commenting preferences, which I have checked, but it does nothing. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 02, 2018 Oct 02, 2018

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Here you go: Document Geek: An Easier Way to Mark Comments as Checked in Acrobat DC

It requires a third party tool, but it will add a button to your toolbar to mark something as checked so that you don't even have to have the comments pane open.

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018

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Hi,

In the latest update of Acrobat DC, we have modernize the commenting experience and at the same time, made it very clean and intuitive to use. As part of that, the checkbox is moved to the right click menu of the comment. Please also note that both the sort and filter options are available for the check mark

We are sorry for the inconvenience caused and will consider adding the check mark by default for future updates of Acrobat DC

Thanks & Regards

Sachin Soni

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 03, 2018 Oct 03, 2018

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I don't understand how hiding a feature - given that existing users were used to seeing checkboxes - makes it intuitive to use. By transferring the checkbox to the right click menu of the comment, this has effectively doubled the workload considering that a checkbox was one click, but with this new procedure, it is right click, small scroll, left click... this takes more time.

Personally, I don't like this "modernized" experience and would like the check boxes back. If readers of this post feel the same way, please be sure to let the Acrobat team know by voting here: PLEASE Don't make the user go through a menu to check off a comment! You DOUBLE the time it takes to...

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Explorer ,
Oct 24, 2018 Oct 24, 2018

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I heartily agree. Doubling the number of clicks required is a burden. I make changes based on client comments all day and this is a big setback.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 04, 2018 Oct 04, 2018

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Yes - PLEASE bring it back! As you can see from the other comments, this is an issue for many users. When is the next update?! I'm ready!

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2018 Oct 05, 2018

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Please bring back the checkbox or create a way to toggle it on if needed. Like others have mentioned, it's extremely important to be able to quickly check the box without having to right click for the menu every time when making hundreds of edits. We use checkboxes every day, and the lack of them is doubling our work time. It's awful, please fix ASAP!!!

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Explorer ,
Oct 05, 2018 Oct 05, 2018

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Another +1 for the checkbox. I don't see how taking something that was once a single-click process and hiding it in a right click context menu (so now it's a two-click process) is easier or intuitive. If you want to clean up the UI, why not have the checkbox behave like the "Add a reply..." box does? That doesn't show when you're viewing the entire list of comments, but when you left-click on a comment, it shows up. You could easily shorten that box enough to add a check mark box next to it.

I don't mean to rag on the new UI, I actually like most of it (and love that we're getting away from the 2000-era "sticky note yellow" for comments), but UX and UI need to work together and hiding what I presume is a widely used feature doesn't make sense. And even if it's not widely used, it's a check box. It's tiny. It's less than 50x50 pixels. It can't clutter the UI that much. Frankly, the little comment bubble icon could act as a checkbox for that matter!

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New Here ,
Oct 08, 2018 Oct 08, 2018

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So instead of adding an option in the Preferences to show or not to show the checkmark, you guys just decided it should be removed, how in the hell is this a "modernized commenting experience" when it doubles the work? It was that expensive for some extra lines of code to give users the option to choose if they want a checkmark showed in the comment window or not? If you work a lot with documents that need to be amended, the checkmark to be visible in the comment window is vital. Please add it back in a future update.

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New Here ,
Oct 09, 2018 Oct 09, 2018

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"very clean and intuitive to use" HA!

this is not efficient... that's what should be most important. I'm going crazy!! Please bring it back!!!!! I need to see what I've completed and have not.

- Very Upset Designer!!!!!!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 09, 2018 Oct 09, 2018

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This definitely needs to be restored ASAP - it's one of the features I use most and it's causing a serious dent in my productivity.

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New Here ,
Oct 10, 2018 Oct 10, 2018

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Sorry but this is not 'clean and intuitive to use'. Please add the check box back in, or at least make it an option in preferences. My whole team uses this function on a daily basis and it's driving us all mad!

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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we have modernize the commenting experience and at the same time, made it very clean and intuitive to use

ARE YOU KIDDING? Try testing your software with people who actually use it everyday. This is so annoying. And add this to the buggy, crash every other PDF I try to open, laggy app since the last update, and I'm now looking for yet another Adobe Alternative.

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New Here ,
Oct 12, 2018 Oct 12, 2018

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This is ridiculous that it was removed! BRING IT BACK. Making edits form editors is a PIA without that check mark. Right clicking is  PIA

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 15, 2018 Oct 15, 2018

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I agree, this is super unhelpful!

Please bring back our quick 1-click boxes!

And update the "filter by unchecked" view as we check off the boxes. This is crazy making.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 15, 2018 Oct 15, 2018

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Impossible to understand this decision/change.

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New Here ,
Oct 16, 2018 Oct 16, 2018

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The worst update of already unintuitive program. As I´m working in publishing, one book takes somewhere around 2000 entries (in the first round only). Now one has to click 3x to achieve the same I could do by one click. Math: it takes 3x longer, and my arm 3x more beating.

This is my first EVER on line software comment, but it needs to be adressed because of its stupidity. Is this what you call "user experience"?

J.Novak /Stockholm

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Contributor ,
Oct 18, 2018 Oct 18, 2018

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Hey Sachi,

Yes, you can sort now, but it's actually unhandier than before. Before I received corrections which I marked one by one. In the sort options I marked 'show marked remarks'. As I progressed, and I ticked the corrections, it got taken out of the list, only the non corrected ones were visible.

The new version has a sort button and a button 'apply'. So if you want to see which corrections you did you have to pus 'apply' every time you want to do a sort.

As I stated elsewhere these are poor UX decisions, and this is from a company that sells UX programmes… I haven't looked at the 'import remarks from pdf in indesign' yet. I hope that's better conceived.

Stefaan

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New Here ,
Oct 24, 2018 Oct 24, 2018

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All you did is complicate things and make it very difficult for marking off completed items. The checkbox needs to go back to its previous placement. I will have a difficult time billing my time for the additional minutes it is taking to make simple edits because of this useless upgrade. Extremely unhelpful and serves no purpose whatsoever for the user. We need the checkbox.

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Explorer ,
Oct 28, 2018 Oct 28, 2018

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I HAVE to comment again. I am having a terrible time. This is unacceptable. I need to go back to the previous version ASAP.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 28, 2018 Oct 28, 2018

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Arw you on Mac or windows?

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New Here ,
Nov 05, 2018 Nov 05, 2018

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THE MOST TERRIBLE update ever. Please restore the checkbox.

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 20, 2018 Nov 20, 2018

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"Modernised" - I'm going through a long PDF with 940 comments which I need to address in the corresponding InDesign document. Now I have 1,880 clicks instead of 940 - plus the small delay while the options loads, and I move my mouse to the correct position, which I promise you adds up over 1,000 comments. Modernising would suggest a smoother process, not a lengthier one. I don't know what user testing you guys did for this but it was a bad call.

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