RE: Enabling Web-based PDF reviews

Subject: RE: Enabling Web-based PDF reviews
From: "Tim Lewis" <ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, <suzette -dot- leeming -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2009 08:31:41 -0600

Suzette asked about shared reviews.
I am using shared reviews with two clients and it is an excellent method of
getting reviewers to collaborate. I recommended and set it up for the second
client and they are so happy with it (I'm their hero) that they are
spreading it throughout the corporation.

First, you need to have Acrobat Professional 8 or 9. Reviewers need to
download the free Reader, 8.0 or greater. They do not need the full version
of Acrobat. You will need a server where the document and comment files will
reside. My first client has an internal server with Microsoft SharePoint on
it. Since I do not have access to the server, I send the PDF to the client
and he posts it on SharePoint. I am given a link so that I can monitor
comments and add any if needed. At the end of the review period, I download
an archive file for my use. For the second client, I tried using the
client's SharePoint but I could not get it set up correctly. I have a VPN
connection to this client's servers. Instead of SharePoint, I use the email
method where the document is emailed to the reviewers and that doc is linked
to a server where the comments are stored. Every time a reviewer opens the
doc, Acrobat connects to the comments folder and updates the doc with all
the comments.

Tim Lewis
Lewis Technical Communications, Inc.
ltc -dot- writer -at- comcast -dot- net

Suzette wrote:
> I need some help!!
> I am using Adobe Acrobat Professional 7. I've been using the email
> review
> feature that enables a user with only Reader to access the commenting
> toolbar and review & markup a document, which is then returned to me.
> I want to set up web-based reviews of these PDFs. More and more, we're
> finding we can benefit from having a "team" review PDFs.The neat thing
> is
> that they would be able to see each other's comments/changes. Our users
> only
> have Adobe Reader.
> The online help in Acrobat stated that using LiveCycle Reader
> extensions,
> this could be done. This morning I found out that information is
> incorrect.
> Is there anyone on the list who is using web-based PDF reviews, in
> particular where the users only have Reader? We've already set up a
> WebDAV
> enabled server, so we're good on that point, but I wasted a lot of time
> chasing down Reader Extensions (and all for naught!). Any advice/help
> other
> can give me would be greatly appreciated.
> TIA,
> Suzette Leeming
> Stouffville, Ontario


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