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Topic: .doc to .pdf conversion - FINAL SHOWING MARKUP in Word XP
Conf: (P-PDF) Acrobat 6.0, Msg: 102227
From: Jschroeder
Date: 12/12/2003 07:46 AM

I'm a long time Adobe user and cheerleader Ö have been an Acrobat power user since 1997. I also recognize there are a multitude of ills in Win/Office XP space. Having said that, hereís my current setup: I'm running Windows XP, Word XP and have just upgraded to Acrobat 6 Professional from Acrobat 5.

I have a collection of 835 PDF files that I routinely update. Iíve always used the PDFMaker macro for PDF creation from within Word due to the automatic bookmark and hyperlink creation. You should also be aware that all these Word files are taking full advantage of Wordís ďTrack ChangesĒ revisions options. My final PDF needs to show revision bars, so I always start the PDFMaker macro with my Word document set to ďFinal Showing Markups.Ē

The PDFMaker 6 macro is doing something odd. I invoke PDFMaker from within Word, then watch its progress. Just seconds prior to the completion of the PDF, PDFMaker somehow FLIPS the status of the Word document to FINAL, rather than my required FINAL SHOWING MARKUPS. I actually see it flipping. Then, the instant the PDF creation is complete, the Word document automatically flips back to my original setting of FINAL SHOWING MARKUPS. Unfortunately, by then itís too late, and Iím left with a bookmarked and hyperlinked PDF that does not show the revisions. It is mandatory that my Word-to-PDF documents contain the "markups" visible in Word's FINAL SHOWING MARKUPS format; in fact, it is a regulatory requirement for the documents I produce, so this is a serious issue for me.

Unfortunately, when I call Adobe Tech Support, I am told (by a total of 4 different techs so far) that the behavior I describe is NOT POSSIBLE under Acrobat 6. {sigh}

Although Iíve been an Acrobat power user forever, Iím new to Acrobat 6 and hoping some other power user out there has encountered this strange behavior and, hopefully, has a solution. Thanks.

Jan Schroeder

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