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      Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

      For those people who are experiencing difficulty using Acrobat's toolbars, there is help. There's quite useful, just really non intuitive. I made a video on "How to Customize Acrobat's toolbar", specifically because of how frustrated I see that people are. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpG3kDvmTJ4&t=9s

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        Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

        This is such a hot-button issue (3 of the top 4 feature requests deal with toolbars), that I decided to make another video to help the users. There actually are several ways to customize your toolbars. They are buried under "Customize Quick Tools", they Show/Hide menu, and "Create Custom Tool."

        I think a big reason for the major confusion on the part of the users is that Adobe didn't use standard nomenclature. There are about 5 different areas of the UI that are called "tools." In my opinion, "Create Custom Tool" should rather be called "Create Custom Toolbar Configuration."

        This first video deals with how to show and hide different areas of the toolbar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpG3kDvmTJ4&t=30s

        And this video shows how to create a "Custom Tool" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMkaxy1Pi88&t=3s

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          Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

          This is such a hot-button issue (3 of the top 4 feature requests deal with toolbars), that I decided to make another video to help the users. There actually are several ways to customize your toolbars. They are buried under "Customize Quick Tools", they Show/Hide menu, and "Create Custom Tool."

          I think a big reason for the major confusion on the part of the users is that Adobe didn't use standard nomenclature. There are about 5 different areas of the UI that are called "tools." In my opinion, "Create Custom Tool" should rather be called "Create Custom Toolbar Configuration."

          This first video deals with how to show and hide different areas of the toolbar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpG3kDvmTJ4&t=30s

          And this video shows how to create a "Custom Tool" : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMkaxy1Pi88&t=3s

          Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

          I see the main issue is that Acrobat DC was designed for Touch screens. And the desktop users were just eft to deal with it. But InDesign did a much better job in my opinion. They created a "Touch" workspace that didn't hijack the UI of the traditional desktop version. When in "Touch" workspace mode, the tools get simpler and the buttons larger. This is how Acrobat should have done it! https://indesignsecrets.com/using-the-indesign-touch-workspace.php

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          Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

          Because so many people are complaining about the layout of the toolbars in Acrobat DC, I made a video explaining how to customize them. Customizing the toolbars is not difficult, it's just hidden. https://youtu.be/zpG3kDvmTJ4

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              Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

              That feature was also discussed here: https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/33632323-make-comment-color-in-sidebar-match-the-color-of-t.

              Normally, Id' ask you to cross vote, but once feature requests are denied, voting is closed. But you can at least still post a comment!

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                2 comments  ·  Acrobat for Windows and Mac » Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                    Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                    There is already a related preference for that. Preferences > Commenting > Choose the last one. "Copy selected text into Highlight, Strikethrough, Underline... etc.

                    That will put it into the pop up note, where it will be easy to copy.

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                      Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                      For those of you who would like to have the "No Fill" option reimplemented, you please vote for it here: https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/33141349-draw-shapes-add-a-no-fill-option

                      Also, I've written an article about the "No Fill" option and how it can still be accomplished using the Properties Bar: http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2018/06/how-to-make-pdf-drawing-markup-with-no.html

                      Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                      Adobe added a keyboard shortcut for marking a comment as checked : Shift + K.

                      There is also a third party tool that will mark a comment as checked. That way, you can add it to your Quick Tools and so you always have the ability to mark comments as checked, even without the Comments Pane open. The added benefit of the third party tool is that you can mark multiple comments as checked all at once. I wrote about it here:
                      https://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2018/01/an-easier-way-to-mark-comments-as.html

                      You can purchase the script here: http://try67.blogspot.com/2018/01/acrobatreader-comments-checkmark-tools.html

                      Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                      YES! I still use Acrobat 9 every day because of the better UI for commenting! http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2015/04/why-i-run-four-different-versions-of.html

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                            Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                            Yes indeed! It's resizable but only larger!

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                              Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                              Indeed! Adobe keeps making it harder to mark things as checked! I found a scripter who wrote me a great script to help with this. https://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2018/01/an-easier-way-to-mark-comments-as.html

                              Also, you can mark something as checked using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl/Cmd + K.

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                                Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                                This would be pretty easy for Try67 to write a script for this. http://try67.blogspot.com.

                                I was able to get some help writing one to write one that changed color based on sticky note content. You might want to check out the Acrobat Scripting forum. They are really helpful over there: https://forums.adobe.com/community/acrobat/acrobat_scripting

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                                  Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                                  I agree that the UI of Acrobat DC toolbars is very non-intuitive. Here is a video I made to help with this. You can actually CAN customize your toolbar to a certain degree. It's just not names as such. It's called "Customize QuickTools." It really should be named "Customized Toolbar." But I discuss that wonky naming convention in the video, as well as shed some light on other naming and behavioral inconsistencies. Once you understand the possibilities, it's less frustrating. But the lack of consistency in the UI leaves users very frustrated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpG3kDvmTJ4&t=15s

                                  Acrobat 9 used to have a properties bar with the up and down arrow: https://acrobat.uservoice.com/forums/590923-acrobat-for-windows-and-mac/suggestions/19545979-comment-ui-was-better-in-former-version

                                  I wrote about that here: http://documentgeek.blogspot.com/2015/04/why-i-run-four-different-versions-of.html

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                                    Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                                    Ditto! They made the UI for the iPad and the desktop version exactly the same, without regard for the fact that desktop users have an entirely different workflow.

                                    The InDesign team got it right, They didn't abandon the desktop version for a touchscreen version. They realize that desktop users use mice and not fingers.

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                                      Kelly Vaughn commented  · 

                                      Yes, there should be a checkboxin Preferences > Commenting, at the bottom: "Open Comments Pane when Document has Comments."

                                      There should also be asetting in Document Properties > Initial View : "At the top, above Navigation Tab. There should be another option for Tools Pane: Open Comments Pane if Document has comment."

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                                      Yes! This should be provided under Document Properties > initial view, as well as in General Preferences.

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