Making imported PDF edit more obvious in InDesign and fixing delays with mouse clicks
As a book designer who works with many long manuscripts, I do appreciate being able to import PDF edits into InDesign. That is a great new feature in the last few versions.
However, some edits are just too hard to spot in a spread. One can easily spot highlighted text (such as when the editors mark a phrase for deletion or replacement). But when the editors insert or delete commas and periods or choose a spot where they want to add new text, there is nothing obvious -- beyond a skinny, nearly invisible cursor -- to draw the eye. The thin cursor can be impossible to spot quickly within a page spread (the fact that it blinks doesn't seem to help), and when one works with books that are 200, 300, 400 pages and more, stopping to search every spread for a barely visible cursor, often multiple times in the same spread, becomes a major headache.
Currently, I am unable to use the PDF import feature in InDesign without also having the same PDF document open for reference in Acrobat on my second monitor. Working back and forth slows me down, but it is only way I can quickly and confidently find the comma, period, and text insertion edits. Acrobat draws a bold, colored box around each area commented and makes the edit very obvious. This would be such a great feature to add to InDesign.
Another headache that results from being forced to use both Acrobat and InDesign to ensure I spot all the edits comes when switching back and forth between the two. When one clicks on a comment in Acrobat, that program hesitates a beat before responding, which is annoying enough. But it is worse with InDesign. If you've hopped over to Acrobat and then come back to InDesign, you have to click twice on InDesign's PDF panel before the program will take you to the selected edit.
I've used this two-program editing method with a great many books so far and still it does not come naturally to click twice on the PDF panel in InDesign, and the need to do so is a constant aggravation. This is nonintuitive in a major way.
Together, the delays involved in all this back and forth are a huge inconvenience and would perhaps not even be necessary if InDesign somehow called out the edit/insertion points the same way Acrobat does, with a bold box drawn around them. At least one could spot the edits quickly and perhaps would not even have to have Acrobat open at all.
But when the two programs do still have to be used in concert, it would be great if they each didn't delay in their response to the mouse click.
So, please consider making these two improvements -- 1) add something like a box or other call out to imported PDF edits in InDesign, especially the small insertion points for commas and periods and 2) do something about the delayed response to mouse clicks in both Acrobat Comments and InDesign PDF Panel when switching back and forth between the two.
At the very least, could you please consider making imported PDF edits MUCH MORE OBVIOUS in InDesign?
Thanks so much for considering these suggestions. :)