Error: Dynamic annotations are not supported in WISEflow for PDF uploads



Figure: An example of the error

When you hand-in your paper, the PDF may not contain dynamic (editable) annotations (marked checkboxes, highlights and so on). Dynamic annotations are displayed inconsistently across different PDF-readers (e.g. Adobe Reader) and you can therefore not be sure that the paper, which you submit, looks the same for the people who assess it as it does for you. 

If your PDF contains dynamic annotations, please follow the approriate guide below to remove them.

The problem only occurs rarely, but certain programs can add annotations in PDFs as standard (without you having added them on purpose). Especially Microsoft Excel on Mac has this problem.

If you have acces to Acrobat Standard or Pro DC you should be able to remove all dynamic annotations by flattening the PDF with the tool Optimize PDF. Click here for a guide.

Solutions for Mac

Delete all annotations (recommended)
It is possible to see and delete all annotations. Please review all annotations before you delete them.
  1. Open the PDF in "Preview"
  2. Click on "Tools"
  3. Click on "Show inspector"
  4. Click on the pencil-icon to the far right in the new window called "Annotations inspector"
  5. Press CMD+A to mark all annotations and press Backspace to delete them.
  6. Save the file again (by pressing CMD+S) and try to reupload.
Flatten all annotations
It is possible to flatten all annotations, so they can't be edited anymore. This can also solve the problem.
  1. Open the PDF in "Preview"
  2. Click on "File" and choose "Print..."
  3. Click on "PDF" in the bottom left corner and choose "Archive as PDF.."
  4. Give the file a new name.
  5. Save the file again (by pressing CMD+S) and try to re-upload.

Solutions for Windows

Delete all annotations (recommended)
I
t is possible to see and delete all annotations. Please review all annotations before you delete them.
  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Reader
  2. Click on Comment in the top right corner
  3. Expand the Comments List

  4. Click on, and delete, all comments in this list.
  5. Save the file again (by pressing CTRL+S) and try to re-upload.

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