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Topic: Pdf text modifications do not show when printing from Acrobat 6.0
Conf: (P-PDF) Acrobat 6.0, Msg: 103832
From: Nlawrence
Date: 1/14/2004 06:19 AM


You may find this of interest.

I have modified many pdf documents using exactly the same technique as you describe in Acro tip 52.
This has worked well until the arrival of Acrobat 6.0.

If you view a document modified in Acrobat 5.0 (as per Acro tip 52) in Acrobat 6.0 you will see all of the modified text displayed on your screen .
However, when you attempt to print that document you will find that none of the modifications are printed.

This is because Acrobat sees these modifications as "Comments". In Acrobat 5.0 the "Comments" box on the print menu is checked by default but in Acrobat 6.0 there is no check box.

There is a choice of whether you print the "Document" or "Document and Comments" and to get the document to print the modifications, or show them in the print preview window, you have to select "Document and Comments".

Discussions with Adobe tech support were not helpful as I was told I should not have used the Acro tip 52 method at all but rather the Touch up Text Tool (T). The text apparently should be done in lines and then transferred to a "Text Free Tool" box (I believe you call this the "Text Annotation Tool"). I have tested this method and it works for Acrobat 6.0 even with the default set at "Documents"

However, this Adobe suggestion only has merit if the orientation of the Text can be rotated to match the orientation of text on the pdf. In my case I was not able to achieve this.
The documents are saved in a portrait setting and have to be rotated clockwise 90 deg to read them. Trying to use the "Touch up Text Tool" fails because when the curser is placed it shows and moves in a north south direction within the rotated document and seemingly its orientation can not be changed. Rotating the document doesn't work because the curser direction follows the rotation.

This is going to cause me a great deal of trouble as I have modified hundreds of documents this way and they are all located on our web site for customers to print out.

I would emphasize the I am not blaming your Acro tip 52 as I had not even seen it when I developed the same technique for my own use.

Your comments would be of great interest to me, especially if you could suggest an easy solution.

Noel Lawrence

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