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If you edit or proofread PDFs, then you'll find the following links useful – keyboard shortcuts for two of the most popular PDF editors on the market, Acrobat and PDF-XChange.
I'm going to take this opportunity to give a big plug for PDF-XChange. For the purposes of marking up PDFs as part of the proofreading process, XChange is brilliant. And you don't need even need the paid-for version (which costs less than a quarter of the price of even an Acrobat upgrade) – the free Viewer is outstanding and has the same functionality as Acrobat 9 at least (I can't speak for X and XI because I haven't upgraded).
I actually prefer using XChange's Viewer for mark-up using custom stamps as the stamps palette is far more user-friendly: once you've uploaded your stamps files you can reorder them according to which stamps you need to access most frequently for a particular job. The palette is also neater and allows you to minimize the size of the icons so that more can be accessed without scrolling.
At the moment, however, XChange doesn't work on Macs, so the above comments are in relation to PC users only.
Louise Harnby is a professional proofreader and copyeditor. She curates The Proofreader's Parlour and is the author of several books on business planning and marketing for editors and proofreaders.
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