on annotations as comments


I hope this hasn’t been asked (and answered) before. (I searched and I didn’t find it, so I’ll jump. :slight_smile: )

From what I read, there aren’t any plans to include a feature of “commenting” like in Word in Scr; instead there are “annotations.” However, if for instance you are writing a novel and need to send it to a beta reader that will annotate (“comment”), how do you annotate the beta reader’s annotations (meaning, how do you “comment” on her/his “comments”)?

Yes, I know that this is possible (just include another annotation on the side), however the reading will be confusing.

Therefore, I’m suggesting an “upgrade” on the annotation’s features: :slight_smile:


a) the ability to insert automatically the initials of the person making the annotation? (Ex. “MJ: …” or “MJ1: …” followed by “MJ2: …”, etc. The other person making an annotation would have her/his own initials.)


b) the ability to change the colors of the annotations (in the prefs for instance), so that the different annotators could be easily distinguishable.

Will any of these be possible?

– MJ

You are pretty much in luck already. Simply place the cursor anywhere inside the annotation, load up the colour palette (Cmd-Shift-C), and choose a colour. I recommend setting some favourite swatches in the palette so you can quickly set a few main annot. types.

Additionally, you can “split” annotations by selecting part of it and changing the colour of that part. For your work-flow, I recommend placing your response by putting the cursor at the end of their comment, setting it to “your” colour, and typing. When the cursor is at the end of an annotation and you change the colour, it starts a new one automatically.

As far as automatic initials, there is nothing like that, but I do recommend some sort of short standard initial. That way you can use the Find Annotation palette to search for just their comments. Also, you could look in to these type macro programs like TypeIt4Me and TexPander, where you need only insert a defined sequence and it will fill in the rest. I like to initial and date my comments, so this makes that easy. “sig” turns into “[AmberV-06326]”


Was this described somewhere and I missed it?

– MJ

It is mentioned parenthetically in the tutorial. I also just added an answer addressing adjacent annotations which mentions colour changing, to the FAQ.

Thanks for fielding this, AmberV.

From the (upcoming) help file, under “Text menu”:

(Note that this help file only exists on my hard disk at the moment. :slight_smile: )

All the best,