Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Reader -- Create Comments Summary

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As we all know, Adobe Reader is more limited in functionality than Adobe Acrobat (makes sense, since it's a free product), but sometimes you want to achieve certain things in Reader that are also possible in Acrobat, like creating a summary of the comments in your file.

In the past I have created scripts that create PDF or Plain Text comment summaries for Acrobat (See: http://try67.blogspot.com/2008/11/acrobat-create-comments-summary-txt-pdf.html), and now comes the Reader version.
Because it's not possible to generate PDF files in Reader, or to create TXT files (unless you have a special right applied to your file), I've chosen a different path.
This script will create the comment summary and then present it in a new window, inside a text box, which you can then copy & paste into Word, Notepad or any other application. It looks something like this:

The script will only work on files with the Commenting in Reader right extended.
And yes, the comments summary it creates includes sticky notes!

An extended version of this script for Acrobat is available here:
Acrobat - Create Comments Summary (TXT/PDF)

For more information about this tool, you can contact me directly.

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