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Compare only text changes (not formatting) in Acrobat X

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Jun 02, 2016 Jun 02, 2016

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I was trying to compare two PDFs in Acrobat DC which just didn't work (said it could not be completed, which googling confirmed just doesn't work in DC) so I found an old PC which luckily we had not upgraded and still had Acrobat X. That compared the documents. What I really want is a Word-style strikethrough/insert view, but Acrobat only gives me pop-up comments or a comment summary.

Right, I'l work with that, but the actual changes to the text are buried within a whole lot of useless formatting comments, stating "text size changed" etc which are irrelevant. Don't care. Is there a way in Acrobat X to ignore formatting changes when comparing? More Googling brought up an Amazon book search result referencing Acrobat 8 which refers to a dialog where you can set all sorts of options like this, which seems to have disappeared from X.

So can I do it in X, or is the Compare Documents feature just slowly being destroyed version by version, as it appears to be getting worse?

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Adobe Employee , Oct 20, 2016 Oct 20, 2016
Hi,Greetings! I am sorry to hear that you are facing issues with compare feature. For hiding out the formatting changes you may use the 'Hide Options' in Left-Hand Pane of 'Compare Documents' app or 'Compare text only' mode for comparing the documents. Please reach out to us in case, you face any issue. You may also log a Bug Report at: Adobe Acrobat - Feature Request/Bug Report Form Also, we have significantly improved Compare functionality in our new release of Adobe Acrobat DC. Please update ...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jun 03, 2016 Jun 03, 2016

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Hi Andrew,

Greetings! I am sorry to hear that you are facing issues with compare feature. We are aware of the issues and are working to fix them. I will contact you offline to discuss this in detail.

Thank you,

Varinder

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 17, 2016 Aug 17, 2016

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Hi,

In past couple of months, we have been addressing lot of issues and feedback that we collected from forums. If you want to play with the early build and provide more feedback, please join our pre-release program.

If you are interested please let us know, we will contact you to get registered in our pre-release program.

Thanks,

Adobe Acrobat DC Team

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 20, 2016 Oct 20, 2016

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Hi,

Greetings! I am sorry to hear that you are facing issues with compare feature. For hiding out the formatting changes you may use the 'Hide Options' in Left-Hand Pane of 'Compare Documents' app or 'Compare text only' mode for comparing the documents. Please reach out to us in case, you face any issue. You may also log a Bug Report at: Adobe Acrobat - Feature Request/Bug Report Form

Also, we have significantly improved Compare functionality in our new release of Adobe Acrobat DC. Please update to the latest version to give it a try. The new Compare Files Tool offers a Side-by-Side view which provides a better experience in identifying differences and a modern UI.

Latest version for Adobe Acrobat DC build number: 2015.020.20039 (Continuous).

For more info about the new Compare tool, visit: https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/compare-documents.html as well.

If you are still on Acrobat X or XI, you can check out our trial version at: https://acrobat.adobe.com/in/en/free-trial-download.html

Thanks,

Adobe Acrobat DC Team.

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New Here ,
Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Hi,

 

We use Acrobat Pro DC at work. This issue is still occurring. When comparing 2 PDFs, I select Text Only and then have to click through 1100 changes to find the 60-some actual content changes. The Filter option does not help, either. It shows 1100 Text changes and 1003 Formatting changes.

Please advise.

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Mar 25, 2021 Mar 25, 2021

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Hello,

 

Could I see a sample document.

 

Thanks.

 

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