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InReview: PageProof

Working with clients and colleagues just got easier

For years, designers and content creators have wrestled with the problem of coordinating shared reviews. Typically—within recorded history, anyway—PDFs were attached to emails that went to clients or stakeholders for comment or approval. In most cases, stakeholders printed the attached PDFs, manually marked up problems or changes, scanned the marked-up PDF, and returned the scanned file to its owner to implement the requested changes. Once the changes were made, designers would repeat the same PDF-to-email workflow, often many times, until the project was finally approved. To this day, many organizations continue to use this same low-tech review workflow.

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Scott Citron

Scott Citron

Scott Citron is a New York City-based designer and consultant. He specializes in fine books, magazines, advertising, and corporate identity systems. You can learn more about his work at
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4 Comments on “InReview: PageProof

  1. I read the article and looked at the pricing, and though it may work for some folks, definitely not for me. The major publishers won’t be spending a thousand bucks a month for that, and freelance proofreaders won’t sign up. I’m in book publishing and yeah–the industry pretty much does the old marking edits on the printed proofs. There are some exceptions. But when we get an annotated PDF I use David Blatner’s annotation plug-in.

    I would be interested in seeing comments from any folks here who use the service or would be interested in it.

  2. I’m a huge fan of DTP Tools Annotations Plug in – (not David Blatner’s I believe) – and it’s amazing when people mark up PDFs correctly. It’s great for editors and the like.

    I use Proof HQ – but I find it a bit clunky, however, it’s very clear and precise.

    Never used PageProof – it may suit some clients – but it would be a hard push as we already have several systems in place.

    • My mistake, Eugene. I had gotten David’s tools at one time and then got the DTP cloud. For some reason I always think they are one and the same.

  3. I’ve tested it a few months ago already. It is not for us, and neither are the prices. The mentioned Annotations plug in from DTP Tools indeed is amazing, but now part of the DTP Tools Cloud so another subscription to pay…

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