Re: Need help with Acrobat in-line editing

Subject: Re: Need help with Acrobat in-line editing
From: Alan Houser <arh -at- groupwellesley -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 4 Sep 2020 12:29:15 -0400

Your perception remains correct ... Acrobat isn't appropriate as a document editing tool. It's nice to be able to fix a typo in Acrobat as you're going to print, but I wouldn't use the editing features for much else.

OTOH, Acrobat's commenting features are well-done. And you can import multiple reviewers' comments into a single PDF, where you can deal with them systematically. Acrobat also supports server-based review, which automates this process and allows reviewers to see each others' comments.

Your situation sounds pretty terrible. I would insist that your SMEs use the Acrobat commenting features. Doing so would make your task far easier.


On 9/4/20 7:31 AM, Gina Jones wrote:

I admit I don't use all the latest features of Acrobat. Normally, we
generate pdfs from HTML or Word files. I provide drafts in pdf format and
receive feedback using the Comments feature.

Recently, a company I work with purchased an enterprise license for the
Acrobat Professional. My SMEs started providing extensive feedback for 100+
page manuals using the editing features of Acrobat, such as text editing,
objects (images), etc. However, not everything can be edited themselves
(covers, page numbering, TOC).

I also publish the content in HTML, as well as PDF. There are
export features, but the files are messy with generated mark-up.

Am I missing something that's changed in our industry? I thought Acrobat
was not intended to be a document creation tool nor used for extensive


Gina Jones

Alan Houser
Group Wellesley, Inc.
Consultant and Trainer, Technical Publishing
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