Track Changes bug

I have a secret — I write children's books.

<whew>... I'm so glad that's out in the open. :)

Seriously, that means I use Track Changes, a lot. What I've found is that Track Changes isn't dependable when you import text into a foreign format. Specifically, if you use Word's Track Changes and then import finalized text into Adobe Acrobat, you might be in for a surprise.

I have at least one publisher who won't use Word's Track Changes feature because editing marks and comments show up in .pdf documents. I've seen this for myself, and it's quite a mess. Editors claim they're rejecting and accepting changes, but the editing marks still appear in Acrobat, overflowing in the margins usually.

Unfortunately, I don't have a full-featured version of Acrobat, so I can't test this for myself, but I wanted to put the warning out just the same. If I learn more, I'll post a follow-up. In the meantime, if any of you have experienced this, please share your story.

By Susan Harkins

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.