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    Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?

    janeh87695323 Level 1

      I opened Adobe Reader DC today and thought the toolbar looked different. The Text replace tool has gone (the one with the crossed-out T and the comment bubble beside it)!

       

      I think Reader downloaded an update yesterday.

       

      If I want to replace text (instead of just deleting or inserting, I can still do it manually (by highlighting the text I want to change and typing my changes). However, the changes appear in red and blue, which they didn't do before (text was just blue before).

       

      I've checked the tools available and there's no option for the Text replace tool any more.

       

      Also, the highlight colour has changed - it's now orange instead of yellow. Is this because of the update too?>

       

      Was this meant to happen? I use the Replace text tool a lot. Please can In have it back?

        • 1. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
          Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

          What exact version do you have (please use Help > About Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. This will be something like 2015.123.03434)?

          • 3. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
            Nitish_kumar Adobe Employee

            Hi ,

            Thanks for reaching us.

            The color of highlight change is expected behavior and you can also change the color by using color picker tool which gets activated when you select the Highlight Tool.

            For query 2 #

            Replace Text is now enhanced and integrated with smart T* tool .

            For Replace Text now you just have to select the text and start typing ,

             

            You can also check Pop up behavior settings in Commenting preference and check " Automatically open comment pop-ups for comments other than notes".

            With this option enable you just need to highlight the text and pop up will open in comment list.

             

            For more detail : What's new in Adobe Acrobat DC

             

            Thanks

            Acrobat Team

            • 4. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
              chemistrykaren Level 1

              I had a similar experience to that of janeh. It isn't helpful to make such a change in an invisible update, with no explanation. Can you explain what the 'smart T* tool' is? I can't see such a thing. I can highlight the text (although not as easily as with the old tool) and - as long as the pop-up option is checked in preferences - can type some text in a comment box. But this is not the same as delete and replace. Can you enlighten us please? I don't mind changes in general but this particular change makes no sense and is not an improvement - unless you can convince me otherwise.

               

              Thanks.

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              • 5. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                idgie'smom Level 1

                I can not figure out where the T* tool is either, and can't do the replace as Adobe help indicates.

                 

                ARGH!!!!!

                • 6. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                  Nitish_kumar Adobe Employee

                  Hi Karen,

                  In earlier version the Text comment Tool with comment bubble was redundant as same thing was done using highlight and add note so  it has been improved now in latest version using Commenting Preference option.

                  Also T* tool is auto enabled . You do not have to enable it.

                  After switching to comment tools , you can just

                  a) Click between the text and start typing for adding any note , (Add note to text tool in earlier version)

                  b) Select the text and start typing (Add note to replace text in earlier version)

                   

                  Thanks

                  Acrobat Team

                  • 7. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                    cbdunn70 Level 1

                    Typing works when inserting text. But the replace feature is not working. If I highlight a word or text and start typing, nothing happens.

                     

                    I can highlight text and then right-click to access the replace text feature. Is there a way to set this to happen automatically. It may be programmed that way with the update, but it is not working.

                    • 8. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                      chemistrykaren Level 1

                      Dear Nitish

                       

                      Your response is not appropriate to my question  (as far as I understand your English). My questions are:

                       

                      1. Where is the T* button?

                       

                      2. How do we now DELETE AND REPLACE by using one tool button?

                       

                      I do not want to insert a note with an instruction to replace text in earlier version. To give clear and precise instructions to typesetters, the DELETE AND REPLACE tool is the professional way.

                       

                      What cbdunn70 says is interesting - I'll wait for your comment on that.

                       

                      I look forward to a clear, meaningful explanation. Thank you.

                      • 9. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                        janeh87695323 Level 1

                        Hi Karen

                         

                        1. There is no T* button any more!

                        2. You select the text you want to replace and start typing. This should work - it does on mine (I started this thread yesterday). The new text appears just as it did before, but the deleted text has a red line through it and there is a blue insertion mark for inserted text. the text appears in the comments bar down the RH side of the page as before.

                         

                        There is still an insert button and a delete button, as before.

                         

                        Hope this helps!

                        Jane

                        • 10. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                          cbdunn70 Level 1

                          I confirm that it is not working as described... at least consistently.

                           

                          In the file I'm working with (PDF generated from FrameMaker 11), I see the following behavior.

                           

                          • When I insert the cursor in text and type, I do get the insert function.
                          • When I highlight text in my body content, I do not get the replace function.

                          However, I've noticed that if I highlight a callout in a graphic (graphics in Illustrator with callouts (in Illustrator) linked into FM files, I do get the auto replace function when I simply start typing. It's only in the body text of the PDF files that the replace function doesn't happen automatically. I can highlight the text and then right-click... I do get the option to replace text.

                          • 11. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                            chemistrykaren Level 1

                            Thanks Jane for replying ('Acrobat Team' seems to consist of one hapless fellow).

                             

                            As well as the 'highlight and type' way, right clicking on highlighted text brings up suitable options (as cbdunn mentioned). I feel foolish for not having known that. Tut.

                             

                            Indeed, the insert and delete buttons are clearly there!

                             

                            Best,

                             

                            Karen

                            • 12. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                              janeh87695323 Level 1

                              That is weird, Karen. Mine generally works but sometimes when I highlight text and starts typing, it just inserts the new text but doesn't delete the old. I didn't know about the right-click trick til today either!

                               

                              I still think it's poor of Adobe to do such a significant update without any warning.

                               

                              cbdunn - that is v odd. Hope Adobe can resolve it for you.

                              • 13. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                sarab48081929 Level 1

                                Marvellous. Right clicking worked for me. Before that I couldn't get rid of the 'hand' for panning. I was completely puzzled till I read this. Very helpful. Thanks.

                                • 14. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                  joshm39199928 Level 1

                                  Adobe handled this update very badly. The new workflow is good (at least no worse than the old one) but they made no effort to inform people that they'd changed it. All their online help stuff and videos still show the old toolbar and workflow. They also forgot to tell their support people about the change, because when I spoke to them on Friday, they had no idea what I was talking about. Just dumb.

                                  • 15. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                    janeh87695323 Level 1

                                    I agree, Josh. I've wasted hours joining the forum, posting messages and working out how Adobe is now working. Not helpful!

                                     

                                    But everyone here has been very helpful, so thank you for that. Adobe, not so much.

                                    • 16. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                      andreas61565601 Level 1

                                      I agree with all the comments about the careless way Adobe handled this update. They are looking more like Microsoft Office 365 every day.

                                       

                                      Re: T* tool -- No such thing (AFIK). It's geek-speak for all of the text tools that start with "T" -- the * is a wildcard. Either the hapless support folks are simply repeating what they hear from engineers, or copy-pasting from poorly written internal release notes.

                                       

                                      Re: Missing "select and replace text" tool -- the workarounds do replicate the function of the simple, intuitive tool bar icon. Why make something hard when it used to be easy, and then call it an "improvement"?

                                       

                                      Re: Missing "select and comment" tool -- Same. One of the support folks (repeating what someone told them) said these two tools are "redundant" because there are different ways to do the same thing.

                                       

                                      What Adobe fails to realize (or doesn't care to), is that they are making these functions (the most helpful to writers & editors) MORE difficult for reviewers who do NOT use Adobe every day, and who are very resistant to it. I have been evangelizing for my reviewers to use PDF commenting instead of (ack) Microsoft Word reviewing tools, which they gravitate to by default. Word is a tool they understand and use frequently. Adobe Reader is nothing more than a PDF viewer to them, not the collaboration tool that it can be (and is, among savvy users). Taking away easy features and replacing them with hidden shortcuts is not helping my cause! It is a sure way to keep my reviewers flocking to Word.

                                       

                                      Changing the default color of crossed-out text to be replaced from blue to red is unfortunate. Formerly, the blue strikeouts signaled new text, because the teeny, tiny, blue carets are way too easy to miss. If I see a swath of text with red cross-outs, I am likely to just delete it all, unless I'm careful to check the comment panel. Yes, you can change the color back to blue -- but again, I consider this a workaround for a regression bug.

                                       

                                      Also, I don't care for the new bottom-right position of the check-box for individual comments in the comment pane. I prefer at the top right.

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                                      • 17. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                        andreas61565601 Level 1

                                        Ah, the Hand! You hate it too? Who uses this? It is incredibly annoying how Adobe capriciously bounces over to using it every chance it gets (I have no idea what triggers this). The correction (workaround) is to click the ARROW selection tool, which I do quite frequently.

                                         

                                        • 18. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                          janeh87695323 Level 1

                                          Selecting and replacing text DOES NOT WORK ALL THE TIME. Sorry to shout, but it's incredibly annoying. Please reinstate the Replace Text tool. If it doesn't work, I have to delete the text then insert new text - two steps instead of one!

                                           

                                          Also, crashing. Since the update, Adobe Reader has been crashing much more often, and also can''t cope with too many changes. I've been working with a 250-page PDF with 300 changes in it., It was taking about 10 seconds for Reader to respond to each change I was making, and about 2 minutes to load the Comments when I opened the file. In the end the file froze and wouldn't let me insert any more changes!

                                           

                                          This is unprofessional and such a waste of time for me. I use Reader for work all the time and since the update, it has been a disaster.

                                           

                                          Adobe team - what is your answer? Have other people been reporting crashes too? And selecting text to replace it not working? It can't just be me.

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                                          • 19. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                            gus7777 Level 1

                                            Hi Folks,

                                             

                                            They removed the replace text tool and I think we've moved backwards in functionality.

                                             

                                            You can however use the strikethrough text tool - and then add your new text inside the comment afterwards.

                                             

                                            Hope this helps

                                            • 20. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                              pysifr Level 1

                                              Sorry to say, but this question is not answered to my satisfaction.

                                              First none of the so called "auto" text editing features work for me.

                                              I find it very difficult to get rid of the dragging "hand".After a few seconds of doing nothing it will go, but and when it does eventually go, I cannot place the cursor at a point and move it along a line - there is no cursor.

                                              I suspect that this may be the reason that clicking and then starting to type does NOTHING.

                                              Dragging to highlight text and pressing "delete" key does NOTHING.

                                              Dragging to highlight text and starting to type does NOTHING.

                                              Right clicking rarely gives me any useful options - it is not the correct menu that comes up.

                                              So please can we have some proper functionality back - esp my cursor which has completely disappeared.

                                              • 21. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                monochz Level 1

                                                This isn't an acceptable workflow for me either. I need to mark up proofs with changes for my team to implement in InDesign. The new replacement tool doesn't give me a way to alert them to the copy that requires changes. Ug.

                                                • 22. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                  chemistrykaren Level 1

                                                  Hi pysifr

                                                   

                                                  I'm not sure why the hand tool keeps appearing - have you googled it?

                                                   

                                                  As for right clicking - your cursor needs to be in the right place -  move it over the relevant text till you see a tiny box, *then* right click. This is quite annoying when you've only highlighted one letter for comment/correction.

                                                   

                                                  Another problem I have is that when highlighting in order to add an instruction to the typesetter, the comment box not only doesn't always open, but it is often out of my view in the Comments panel, and I have to scroll around to find it so I can see what I'm typing. This must be a bug.

                                                   

                                                   

                                                   

                                                  I'm happy to get used to new functionality but I think we're agreed that this is not an improvement, and not a suite of changes we are happy with. It's a shame this question is marked 'Considered Answered'!

                                                   

                                                  Adobe Team, why won't you show you're listening, and that you care even the tiniest bit?

                                                  • 23. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                    Nitish_kumar Adobe Employee

                                                    Hi Karen,

                                                     

                                                    Are you observing the issue with all your files? Could you please explain the steps in which you are observing the issue at along with some sample PDFs and screenshot if possible , so that we may understand it better?

                                                     

                                                    Thanks

                                                    Nitish

                                                    • 24. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                      andreas61565601 Level 1

                                                      @chemistrykaren,

                                                       

                                                      Have you tried this shortcut?

                                                      1. Select and highlight (or strikethrough) some text.
                                                      2. Double-click the highlight or strikethrough. A note pops open for that text.

                                                       

                                                      I use this method *all the time* (especially since Adobe took away the toolbar icons). It's much easier than right-clicking on some special part of the screen.

                                                      • 25. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                        chemistrykaren Level 1

                                                        Hello Nitish

                                                         

                                                        Thanks for trying to help. Below is a screenshot. The highlighted '=' on the left, on double clicking, had a successful opening up of a visible comment box where. However, the highlighted '=' on the right, on double clicking, did not, because the Comments pane 'jumped up' to page 5's comments. Therefore, I have to cursor down (quite a long way, to page 19's comments) to locate the box. Alternatively, I can redo the highlight, and double click again until a comment box opens up in a visible-to-me part of the Comments pane. (The same thing happens regardless of whether I use the highlight tool or right click on the text.) Of course, these were not issues before the change in functionality.

                                                        • 26. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                          Nitish_kumar Adobe Employee

                                                          Hi Karen,

                                                          We are not able to reproduce the issue at our end [ regarding page jumped up concern with annotation] 

                                                          Could you share some sample files with annotation where you are observing the problem at nitiskum@adobe.com so that we may investigate the issue?

                                                          Thanks.

                                                          Nitish

                                                          • 27. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                            chemistrykaren Level 1

                                                            Hi Nitish

                                                             

                                                            Before I email you, please note: it is not the *page* that moves when trying to open a box in the Comments pane (*not* a pop-up box). Rather, it is the *Comments pane* that scrolls itself up to previous pages. (Unfortunately, in my screenshot, the page number is not visible in the Comments pane because there are so many comments!) This is an intermittent occurrence. Occasionally, the text box *is* visible in the Contents pane.

                                                             

                                                            As Andreas points out above, it is of course possible, having highlighted text, to right-click and open a pop-up box. However, this means it now takes two steps to highlight and write an instruction/comment. In previous versions, this could be done in one step. Therefore, in large documents where there are many corrections to make, marking up proofs becomes laborious.

                                                             

                                                            Have a few more tests and see what happens. I hope that makes sense to you.

                                                             

                                                            Thanks.

                                                             

                                                            Karen

                                                            • 28. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                              chemistrykaren Level 1

                                                              I've just been reminded that the same problem as outlined for highlight also intermittently occurs with 'Insert':

                                                               

                                                              I press insert --> the caret appears in the text --> I assume the box has opened in the Comments pane --> I type the inserted text --> I then cannot locate the correction in the comments pane (because it hasn't appeared)--> I have to undo the insert and redo it until the comment appears. (I was first alerted to this when typesetters queried an insert mark with no text inserted.)

                                                               

                                                              (Of course, I know it's possible to simply place the cursor and start typing to insert. But occasionally I slip back by habit to the old method and it ought to be recorded that it doesn't always work!)

                                                              • 29. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                Nitish_kumar Adobe Employee

                                                                Hi Karen,

                                                                 

                                                                We have tried both the scenarios told by you but still we are not able to see the "Comments Pane scroll itself issue" . If possible , can you record and share it the workflow through Dropbox or any other means? I think it will be more helpful for us to serve you better.

                                                                 

                                                                Thanks

                                                                Nitish

                                                                • 30. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                  pamelas3094619 Level 1

                                                                  What a terrible "improvement"! The select and replace text by typing does not work.

                                                                  • 31. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                    adamd61503058 Level 1

                                                                    Exactly the same issue.

                                                                     

                                                                    About a month ago I finalised a document so that inexperienced and resistant clients could easily annotate PDFs for my company.

                                                                    The reason being that having sticky notes is not Annotation.

                                                                     

                                                                    Now to my horror I find even I can't find how to annotate Pdfs.

                                                                     

                                                                    This is far from an improvement.

                                                                    • 32. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                      chemistrykaren Level 1

                                                                      Pamela,

                                                                       

                                                                      Are you still having problems with replacing text? I've found that replace text works if you only highlight one letter or a portion of a word and start typing replacement text, but does NOT work if you highlight the entire word. I'm not sure why that is. An alternative method is to highlight the text you want to replace, move the cursor over the highlighted text until a small page symbol (open rectangle with dog ear)appears, right click, and select 'Add note to Replace text (or type 'r', the underlined letter).

                                                                       

                                                                      And anyone else reading ...

                                                                      Having used the new version for a few weeks, I've concluded that most of the commenting functionality has been concertinaed into 'right click', or some combination of 'highlight' and 'type'. This is ok to an extent, but frustrations occur when marking up long proofs with many changes.

                                                                       

                                                                      Also, there used to be better coordination between comments in the main text and the comments pane. Linked to this, why can't we control (delete, reply, etc) comments from the comments pane, as we used to be able to? Or maybe this is possible but not obvious?

                                                                      • 33. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                        pamelas3094619 Level 1

                                                                        The solution of selecting text (all or part of a word) works only sometimes. I haven’t figured out what is different for the times when this doesn’t work. When the simple highlight and type doesn’t work, I highlight the text and then right-click to select the “Add Note to Replace Text” option. Without the “Add Note to Text” on the toolbar, I have to do the right-click every time. It just seems a bit less efficient than the convenient button on the toolbar. Not sure why Adobe felt it needed to go away. Disappointing.

                                                                         

                                                                        Pamela Summers

                                                                        Sr. Marketing Communications Specialist

                                                                        • 35. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                          adamd61503058 Level 1

                                                                          If you select (as roll through) rather than double click then you can make the amend with the regular pointer tool.

                                                                           

                                                                          I can't say that this is an improvement, but at least it can be done.

                                                                          • 36. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                            kk62782818 Level 1

                                                                            Does anyone know how to change the default color for the replacement text from red to blue? When I go to properties I no longer see a box to check "default." Thanks!

                                                                            • 37. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                              pysifr Level 1

                                                                              I'm sorry, but I have given up on this version of Adobe reader and found and reinstalled an earlier version that works correctly and does what it is expected to do without having to right click here and there and hope that it works correctly some of the time. I don't have the time to pfaff around with this new version.

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                                                                              • 38. Re: Where has the Replace Text tool gone since update yesterday?
                                                                                davidb50335902 Level 1

                                                                                If I highlight a word letter-by-letter this "new and improved" replace text tool does work. However, double clicking a word to highlight it and then typing doesn't work.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Also, double clicking and holding the button on a word to highlight it and then trying to highlight the next word doesn't work either.

                                                                                 

                                                                                Just put back the button to replace text and everyone will be happy.

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