Sound Tool

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Sound Tool


 

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Click the Sound Tool to add audio content to documents:

 

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Figure 1. Comment Tab, Sound Tool

 

When the Sound Tool is selected, the pointer becomes a crosshairs icon. Move the icon to the desired location and click the mouse. The Edit Action: "Play a Sound" dialog box will open:

 

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Figure 2. Edit Action: "Play a Sound" Dialog Box

 

Click the Browse button to select a sound file from the local computer. The Open Files dialog box will open. Select the desired file and click Open. An icon will appear in the document as detailed in (figure 3). The selected sound file will play when the icon is clicked.

Alternatively, click the record button to record a sound with a microphone. Click again to finish the recording. Click the play/stop buttons to review the sound, and use the slider to adjust the volume. Click OK when the desired sound has been recorded. The icon will then appear in the document:

 

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Figure 3. Sound Tool Examples

 

Click and drag the icon, or use the arrow keys, to reposition it. Hold down Shift to move at an increased increment when using the arrow keys.

Double-click icons to open the associated sound file.

Right-click icons for further options. See here for an explanation of those options.

Press Ctrl+' to open the Properties pane for selected sound comments and view/edit properties:

 

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Figure 4. Sound Tool, Sound Properties Pane

 

Subject is the name of the sound comment, as referenced in the Comments pane.

Author is the name of the user that created the sound comment.

Name is the unique name of the sound comment, as referenced within the application.

Created is the date and time at which the sound comment was created.

Modified is the date and time at which the sound comment was last modified.

Read Only is the read only status of the sound comment. If this property is enabled then users cannot interact with the comment. Please note that it is necessary to use JavaScript to change the value of this property.

Printable is the print status of the sound comment. If this property is enabled then the comment is printed with the document. If this property is not enabled then the comment is not printed.

Locked is the locked status of the sound comment. If this property is enabled then the comment cannot be deleted and its properties (including its position and size) cannot be modified by users.

Layer specifies the optional content layer to which the sound comment belongs. Further information about layers is available here.

Fill Color determines the color of the sound comment.

Icon determines the icon used for the sound comment.

Opacity determines the level of transparency in the sound comment.

 

Note that when the Sound Tool is enabled, the Format tab is available and can be used to customize the default properties of sound comments:

 

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Figure 5. Format Tab, Sound Tool

 

Click options in the Shape Style group to select alternative default sound annotation styles.

Click Keep Selected to keep the Sound Tool enabled and add multiple sound annotations to the document. If this option is not enabled then PDF-XChange Editor will revert to the designated default tool immediately after creating one sound annotation.

Click Exclusive Mode to enable exclusive mode, which simplifies the process of using the Sound Tool. When Exclusive Mode is enabled, the pointer ignores all interactive elements of documents other than base content. This makes it possible to create sound annotations on areas that overlap with other content without the risk of accidentally selecting undesired items. When Exclusive Mode is disabled, the pointer recognizes and interacts with all underlying elements in the usual manner.

Click Properties to open the Properties pane and view/edit Sound Tool properties, as detailed above.

When sound comments are selected, the Style Tools dropdown menu is available in the Format tab. It contains the following options:

Click Copy Comment Style to copy the style properties of comments.

Click Apply Copied Comment Style to apply a copied comment style to selected comments, including the text properties.

Click Apply Copied Comment Appearance to apply copied comment styles to selected comments.

Click Apply Copied Text Style to apply copied text styles to selected comments.

Click Make Current Properties Default to set the properties of the selected comment as the default properties for subsequent comments.

Click Apply Default Properties to apply the default comment properties to selected comments.

Click Make Current Text Format Default to set the text format of selected comments as the default format for subsequent comments.

Click Apply Default Text Format to apply the default text format to the text of selected comments.

When sound comments are selected, the Pop-up group is available in the Format tab and can be used to interact with the pop-up note of the comment:

Click Open to open the pop-up note.

Click Hide to hide the pop-up note.

Click Reset Location to reset the location of the pop-up note.

When sound comments are selected, the Arrange tab is also available and can be used to manipulate comments as detailed here.

 

Note that the Comment Styles Palette can be used to edit and save customized sound annotation styles for subsequent use, and the Commenting preferences can be used to view/edit preferences for all comments.