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Disabling annotations in Acrobat Reader

Posted on 2004-08-04
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Every time I open a pdf file with Acrobat Reader (v5.0.1) a file called AnnotLog is created in the opened file's directory. How can I stop it from creating this log file?
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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This is strange ... Does this happen with any PDF file?

Are you running any software that uses Acrobat Reader for e.g. displaying PDFs in other applications, or plug-ins in Reader?

You are running an old version of Reader, you should upgrade to either the latest 5.0.x version that's available for your architecture (this is probably 5.0.7), or go all the way to Adobe Reader 6.0.2.

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Internet Explorer uses Acrobat to show pdf pages but apart from that there's nothing else.

My work PC will not allow for installation of new programs so I'll have to come up with some sort of a solution based on what I have currently installed. Other colleagues have exactly the same configuration on their PC's but are not seeing this problem.
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I've never seen this before. Can you please search your registry for the term "AnnotLog". Have you tried to open these log files in e.g. Notepad? If not, give it a try and let me know what they look like (e.g. binary data or readable text). If it's text, please post a portion of the file here, if it's binary, how big are the files?
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I've already checked the content of the file several times. It is always empty. Additionally I've searched the registry and there is no meaningful mention of 'AnnotLog' (only a couple of entries in the search history and the list of recently viewed files). Last the file is created only when you double-click a pdf file and Acrobat is not already open.
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This is a long shot: Check your plug-in folder (this is usually C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Reader\plug_ins) for anything that has the term "annot" in it's name and has the file extension .api. If you find anything, try to rename this plug-in so that it no longer has the .api extension (you may have to change your NT Explorer setup so that it displays file extensions). You could also serach for the term "annotlog" in all files in this directory (and subdirectories).

If this does not work, I suggest that you ask for a refund of your points in the community support area (see the link at the top of the page).
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