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How do you put markups into layers?

Feb 23, 2012 10:27 AM

Tags: #markups

I work at a company where we use the redlining capability of Adobe Acrobat X Standard to mark up drawings (lines, arrows, text boxes, etc.).

 

Is there a way to put all of the redlines created into a layer?

 

Will the redlines in the layer still be editable?

 

Is there a way to then take that layer and export it to other PDFs?

 

If Adobe Acrobat X Standard can't do this are there any other Adobe programs that can do this? Are there any plug-ins that allow you to do this?

 
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  • George Johnson
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    Feb 23, 2012 10:44 AM   in reply to nothin77

    It might help if we understood why do you want to put them on a layer. What advantage would this provide?

     

    You can export comments to a file and import them into another.

     
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    Feb 23, 2012 11:05 AM   in reply to nothin77

    As mentioned, you can export comments from one document and import them into another, This would only make sense if the documents were basically the same (number of pages, page content, etc.)

     

    To do this in Acrobat 10, see: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/acrobat/pro/using/WS5C708ECF-6A4E-49df-B07 0-92C56CE13207.w.html

     

    To import: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/acrobat/pro/using/WS7B0272D0-73D4-4042-804 B-7D43EE9307CB.w.html

     
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    Feb 24, 2012 1:19 AM   in reply to nothin77

    While it is possible to move annotations into a layer using Acrobat Pro (via Preflight), you cannot copy and paste layers, or save out a specific layer as a 'template'. If you try to import a page containing annotations or form fields into a layer in another file, the annotations are flattened into uneditable graphics.

     

    The drawback with export/import of comments is that your dates (and possibly usernames) will be wrong. You could edit the position of the markup, but correcting the rest would take just as long as re-drawing them by hand.

     
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    Mar 6, 2012 2:16 PM   in reply to nothin77

    Copy and paste operations respect the rotation of both the page and the annotations being copied, so if there's a mismatch things will always behave strangely. The blunt answer is to un-rotate (or match the rotations of) your pages before trying to copy and paste stuff. You can fix the rotation of individual annotations after they've been pasted, but not by direct manipulation so you can't spin a group of them around a common center.

     
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