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Is there a way (possibly via a 3rd party plugin) to read/write PDF annotations/comments in Illustrator?

We use PDF comments heavily in our workflow with Illustrator. The problem is to add/edit/view these comments we need to use two programs.

The comments are used to embed markup language that our custom software which converts it into a web based template. This is why is it is so critical to be easily accesed from our primary design tool (Illustrator).

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Not that I'm aware of. Really not sure why you'd want to. Using Acrobat the comments have so many more options to track what has and has not been addressed. I generally opent the PDF in Acrobat to view comments, and open the PDF in Illustrator edit. –  Scott Aug 30 '12 at 16:45
    
Sounds like as good a reason as any to tell your boss that, since you need to read comments in one program while working in another, you absolutely require a second screen (language in link NSFW). –  user568458 Aug 30 '12 at 16:58
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There is no way that I've found to do what you're asking for. In your situation, I would probably be thinking along the lines of shifting that embedded comment workflow to document metadata, or the entire workflow to InDesign/IDML or perhaps utilizing JDF (which is also XML).

If that's too radical a thought, and I can understand why it would be, it might be worthwhile casting about for a skilled scripter who's familiar with the AI and PDF DOMs and could whip up a custom panel that would populate with the information you need and embed it in the PDF output directly or as JDF/metadata.

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Thanks for the insightful reply. –  Benju Sep 7 '12 at 16:29
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