When export a PDF out of Arc, I can subsequently edit text elements in Acrobat:
The same imported map in Pro -> Export to PDF -> Attempt to edit any text element results in the following:
Is this by design?
Thomas. Thank you for bringing this issue to our attention.
The development team has logged it as an issue to be fixed. It won't make the 2.1 release but hopefully in a dot dot release if there is something before 2.2.
Just to clarify: we are using a different method of writing text into Pro PDFs that retains many of the advanced parameters such as intercharacter spacing in text placement. So we can't just switch back to the way that ArcMap did it without bringing back some existing issues in text placement in ArcMap exports. We are evaluating a way to resolve this that does not lose those properties, and we'll put it in when we have a solid fix.
As a workaround, we found that it is possible to select ALL the text in the string and then retype the new string. I know it's not ideal, but that should at least let you replace the strings or edit them as needed.
Thanks for the the workaround clarification. I would like to know if there are any updates to the PDF export engine allowing text edits in in the resulting document.
Has there been any updates about this issue?
This is logged as BUG-000111662. We have it up for investigation in the release after 2.5 (which is already in progress), but be aware that the next release of Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud (which will allow you to bring Pro content directly into Adobe Illustrator for post-editing) will also allow similar workflows by going direct from Pro to AI.
Thanks Jeremy. I'm guessing Adobe is just taking their time to slowly release a patch.
Hey Jeremy, so in talking with other institutions they have the ability to edit PDF's. Do you happen to know if certain versions of Acrobat work?
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HAHA. Thanks Thomas.
This is a pretty terrible bug preventing us from making simple changes in a PDF vs. opening ArcGIS Pro and re-exporting 20 maps at a time, when prior we could just open/edit a PDF and edit text in seconds. Why isn't this higher priority? Does anyone have a workaround at all? This is killing a lot of our workflows
One thing you could try is using the 2.0 beta version of Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud extension (Beta available for download from ArcGIS Maps for Adobe Creative Cloud 2.0.0-beta) - if you export from Pro 2.5 to AIX, then your text should be editable when the AIX is opened in Maps for Creative Cloud/Illustrator.
The existing BUG is still opened as we are still attempting to find a way to retain positional accuracy for text properties and get editability too.
Here we are 3 years later...if there is a PDF ISO standard for office documents, then we should be able to edit PDFs with the standard tools for handling PDFs, like Adobe Acrobat for example. Every word processing department on the planet will expect to be able to open a pdf and do something as simple as change a figure number or a title block, and this is going to cause major issues for us if/when we switch our entire company (60+ gis "users" in 10+ offices) over to Pro. What that means is that our word processors won't be able to make minor edits to any gis figures in our reports, they will have to send them back thru the GIS dept. They don't have Illustrator, they are not graphic designers, they have the tools designed to manipulate "office" PDFs, for example Adobe Acrobat. I've worked at several consulting companies and thus far they all operate like this, issuing hundreds of reports a week that include gis figures.
I know you guys are working on it, but can you tell me why a PDF exported from Pro doesn't adhere to the same basic PDF standards as say, a PDF exported from Word or Illustrator, or Inkscape? I can export PDFs from all these other programs, and then edit them in Acrobat just fine. Sorry for the rant - thanks!
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