I have a user that recently has a problem when editing documents. If he has more than one document open the text editor becomes inactive (greyed out). It works fine with just one document open still. Is this 'working as intended' or a glitch in the software. User is running Adobe Acrobat 9 Standard. We've tried running a repair on the install but that didn't work. I haven't yet tried uninstall/reinstall - I'd prefer to get more information on this before we try that.
Touchup Text Tool works for small changes but not editing a large document, which is what this user is doing. The process he's been using is to have the updates to the document in a pdf file on the right hand monitor and the pdf document being updated on the left hand monitor. Only being able to have 1 document open at a time has become a real hassle to get these documents updated.
As shown, two open windows are not prohibitive to editting text, here.
But, what raises a question - Large amounts of editting to a pdf are a bad way to work, subject to pitfalls. Acrobat is NOT a text editor.
As Daniel stated, "Acrobat is NOT a text editor".
More to the heart of the matter - PDF is *not* a file format intended to support editing, formatting, page layout as can be done with word processors, text editors, or layout applications.
The PDF ISO Standard (ISO 32000-1) identifies what PDF is and consequently what it isn't.
On the face of it one may perceive that other than minor touchup "editing" via the Touchup Text / Edit Text tool is ok.
Long term (not if - but when) one ends up with goobered PDFs.
The user isn't editing large portions of documents though.
More info from the horse's mouth -
I have used the touchup tool and that is NOT what I want to open up. I am working with detail Maps. The touchup tool will open up and attempt to “touchup” the detail of the maps and that is Not what I am doing. I am using the “polygon” tool and “text box” tool to circle areas on the map and place labels on these areas for our clients. A simple task of adding lines and text. These are basic mark up tools Adobe offers. These mark up tools are what I am having problems with. I do not intend on converting the maps that are already “scaled” and possibly lose that detail. I explained this to Aaron Rasor as well and he has seen the simple issue. The Basic Mark up tools ghost out and become unavailable when I have more than 1 document opened at once.
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