Adobe Reader 8 is a computer program that is available for free and allows individuals the ability to view Adobe Portable Document Files (PDF). By default, PDF documents can only be viewed and not modified with the free version of the software. Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional is a paid version of the software that allows creators to enable commenting if they wish for their viewers to leave feedback. It’s important to note that once a document has been enabled for commenting, it cannot be edited by the creator.
- Launch Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional from your computer.
- Click “File” and then “Open” from the top menu. Browse to the document you wish to allowing commenting on and click the “Open” button.
- Select “Document” from the top menu.
- Select “Enable for Commenting and Analysis in Adobe Reader” from the dropdown menu. A dialogue box (“Reader Enable Document for Commenting”) will appear warning you of the changes. Click “OK.”
- Click “Save a Copy” when prompted with the Save dialogue box. Choose a new name for the document and click “Save.” Once a document is enabled for commenting, it is no longer editable with Acrobat. Clicking “Save a Copy” will create a second copy of the document that can be edited at a later time.