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Including formating from PDF comments

Explorer ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Is there a way to keep the formating of a PDF comment when importing the comments to InDesign?

Clients and proofreaders will often have italic or bold text as part of their comments, but the formating is lost after importing into InDesign.

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Adobe Community Professional , Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021
you may have a feature request here: https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html How would indesign know which italic you want to apply? what if you have multiples?  I think you would still need some human interaction to map that when they say italic to apply this or that one. and would you need to do that every time you load comments? kind of would add more clicks every time versus now you just apply the style in one click?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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you may have a feature request here:

https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

How would indesign know which italic you want to apply? what if you have multiples?  I think you would still need some human interaction to map that when they say italic to apply this or that one. and would you need to do that every time you load comments? kind of would add more clicks every time versus now you just apply the style in one click?

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Explorer ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Perfect – I will make one 🙂

 

Off the top of my head: InDesign should just apply what ever it recives from the PDF. The formating options for the comments are pretty limited – Bold, Italic, Underline, ...


If I accept a comment that has italic characters, the formatted text would be [italic].

If I accept a comment that has bold characters, the formatted text would be [bold].

If I accept a comment that has bold italic characters, the formatted text would be [bold italic].

 

If I am using a font that does not have an Italic weight (Maybe it uses Regualre Italic), the text would just recive the standart missing font warning (The pink highlight).

 

This would let the user get the styling of the comment as it was given, without having to switch back and forth between InDesign and Acrobat.

 

What do you think?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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but what about condense, oblique, light, heavy, extended and so on? those have their one italics, bolds, and bold italics. just becase i choose italic how will indesing know which to apply if i have condense italic, oblique italic and regulat italic, and so on? i would have to tell it every time.  sounds like more clicking, that adds time.

 

I think its more complicated that it sounds, and it adds more clicking. versus now if it says italic, you apply the style, one click. 

 

good luck!

 

 

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Explorer ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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You do not have the option to make a comment in Acrobat using a weight like Bold Condensed Italic – The problem would not arrise.

 

What you are describing is not working on my machine. Does it work on yours?

I have attached a couple of screens shots showing InDesign clearing the styling.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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right. what you are talkign about/askign for does not exist, which is why is a feature request. i was just commenting on how that would even work with multiple weights. It sounds like a great idea and you should submit it for people to vote on it. 

 

As of today. you read the comment, and go to your character styles, and apply the style. 

 

you do not have the option in acrobat because acrobat does not read styles, the .pdf you make does not, in the file data, retain styles names. what you are asking for would mean acrobat would have to remember all of the styles. plus it would need to load the styles names as options for the person to tag it in the comments.  

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Explorer ,
Mar 26, 2021 Mar 26, 2021

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Acrobat must retain information about the formating used in the comment.

I get PDF's from every week where comments contain italic or bold text. In the file, italic-comment_1.png, attached to my previous post, you see the text in the comment is italic.

 

I am sure it's not a trivial feature to implement, but I setting the correct italic, is not super important. The important thing is to transfer some indication that the text should be italic.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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Hi rasmussvanejensen,

I wonder if it's possible to retain bold, italic, bold italic and underline if we copy/paste the text from the PDF comment in Acrobat to InDesign and not using Acrobat's default font Segoe UI. In short: Yes, it is possible!

 

The long story:

You can insert formatted text in Acrobat's Comment fields if you copy formatted text from e.g. Word to the comment field. So it is possible to copy/paste the comment formatted to the clipboard.

 

A next step in InDesign will require the script RichPaste.jsx by Marc Autret to insert the styles to any text in InDesign without using Segoe UI. The copied styles will be retained for any base font that is applied to the text and where this base font supports the styles.

 

Possible configuration of RichPaste below. The script's UI follows the language of my German UI with InDesign.

As far as I can recall it comes with German, French and English UI. English UI is used for any other localized versions of InDesign.

 

ExecuteAndConfigure-RichPaste.PNG

 

RichPaste | Copy and Paste with Minimal Formatting [UPDATE]
Marc Autret, April 06, 2016

https://www.indiscripts.com/post/2015/10/richpaste-copy-and-paste-with-minimal-formatting

 

Just tested RichPaste.jsx successfully on a formatted PDF comment that I copied from Acrobat Pro to the clipboard and pasted it with the help of the script to InDesign text.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

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Explorer ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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Hi Uwe.

Thank you for your suggestion.

 

Would I be using InDesign's Import PDF Comments feature, or would I switch back and forth between InDesign and the PDF in Acrobat?


It would be great if I could import the comments with the *simple* formating – That is extly the behaviour I would need.

Best regards

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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You'd use the clipboard.

So you switch between Acrobat and InDesign.

Hm. The comments feature in Acrobat also has an Export to Word… feature.

But that is only working with tagged PDFs.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

 

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Explorer ,
Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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I made a feature request when I made the post:

 

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/43010946-im...


I didn't see that there already was another one:

https://indesign.uservoice.com/forums/601021-adobe-indesign-feature-requests/suggestions/39571735-im...

 

Would love to see this fixed.


Thanks for you great help 🙂

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Engaged ,
Jul 04, 2021 Jul 04, 2021

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For a workaround please see my free Acrobat script and blog post here:
https://wantzen.com/blog/acrobat-script-formatierung-in-kommentaren-auszeichnen/

 

Sorry for publishing in German. But when you download the script and open it with a text editor, you can read installation and usage instructions in German and English.

 

The script can be run in Acrobat before importing into InDesign. It will add tags to all (important) formattings inside all comments.

 

Please feedback me bugs or improvement ideas!

 

Regards, Tobias

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Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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Commented and voted.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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