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Re: OT: question about commenting in Acrobat 7 Pro

On 11/23/05, Sean <seanb_us@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Hi,
> Sorry for the OT question, but I thought some of you
> might have some excellent answers for me on these
> Acrobat-related questions.
> My boss raised a good question. I have a question
> about how commenting works.
> 1) I assumed that for PDFs created with Acrobat 7 Pro,
> commenting is enabled for Adobe Reader by default. Is
> that true?
No, you need to turn it on for each file. I believe it's off because
it adds some bulk.

> 2) I am assuming Acrobat 7 Pro does something in the
> PostScript code that enables commenting. Am I close?
> I'd appreciate more technical info., if anyone knows.

I think comments are implemented using a layer, and more over it's a layer that
can be saved out independently. I don't think it has a lot to do with
PS, other than
work with it in a compatible way.

> 3) When I open a PDF created by Acrobat 6 Pro, Adobe
> Reader won't add comments. But, I can open that same
> PDF in Acrobat 7 Pro and use Comments > Enable for
> Commenting in Adobe Reader .... This seems to
> reprocess the PDF ... is it adding PostScript code or
> something? (I don't see it reprinting.)

Yes, something. The layer that carries the comments, as well as an internal code
that is required to support them.

> 4) But, when I open a PDF created by Acrobat 7 Pro, I
> can still use Comments > Enable for Commenting in
> Adobe Reader ... and that seems to reprocess the PDF.
> Why?

The comments have to be linked to locations and both the
core file and the additions saved in a binary format.

 > 5) If I create a PDF using Acrobat 7 Pro, can I turn
> off commenting in any way other than Saving as an
> earlier version of PDF or security?

You're assuming it's on by default. It isn't.

> 6) Am using this with FM 7.1. I can't find a way to
> semi-automatically apply security through the FM
> interface, nor through Joboptions, only through
> printer preferences. Is that the only way?


> Thanks and cheers,
> Sean
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