How to avoid 'annotationChanged' event while importing existing annotations on initial webviewer load?

WebViewer Version: 8.3.3

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How to avoid ‘annotationChanged’ event while importing existing annotations on initial webviewer load?

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  • Importing existing annotations on initial load, triggers ‘annotationChanged’ event - How to avoid that?
  • we need ‘annotationChanged’ event only when user manually adds annotations in the UI

Example Code:

import React, {useRef, useEffect} from 'react';
import Webviewer from '@pdftron/webviewer';

const annotations = '<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?><xfdf xmlns="" xml:space="preserve"><pdf-info xmlns="" version="2" import-version="3" /><fields /><annots><ink page="0" rect="113.500,565.740,283.880,726.400" color="#E44234" flags="print" name="2bff29d1-78d4-f812-1b82-0e4f12eadac7" title="Guest" subject="Free Hand" date="D:20220106170222-08\'00\'" creationdate="D:20220106170220-08\'00\'"><inklist><gesture>114.5,611.64;114.5,610.9;116.74,609.4;117.49,606.41;119.74,602.66;121.98,598.17;124.23,593.6800000000001;127.22,588.45;127.22,586.2;129.47,582.46;130.96,577.97;132.46,574.23;133.96,571.98;134.71,571.23;135.45,568.99;136.2,568.24;</gesture></inklist></ink></annots><pages><defmtx matrix="1,0,0,-1,0,792" /></pages></xfdf>';
const initialDoc = process.env.PUBLIC_URL + "/test4.pdf";

function App() {
    const viewerDiv = useRef<HTMLDivElement>(null);

    useEffect(() => {
            path: "lib",
        }, viewerDiv.current as HTMLDivElement).then(instance => {
            const {documentViewer, annotationManager} = instance.Core;
            documentViewer.addEventListener('documentLoaded', async (event) => {
                console.log('documentLoaded:', event)
                await annotationManager.importAnnotations(annotations);
                // importing existing annotations on initial load, triggering 'annotationChanged' event - How to avoid that?
            annotationManager.addEventListener('annotationChanged', async (event) => {
                console.log('annotationChanged:', event);
    }, []);

    return (
        <div className="App">
            <div className="webviewer" ref={viewerDiv} style={{height: '100vh'}}></div>

export default App;

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Unfortunately, the annotationChanged event is unavoidable. However, the AnnotationChangedInfoObject(PDFTron WebViewer Class: AnnotationManager) will be passed to the callback function as a parameter in the annotationChanged event. You could be able to identify if the annotation change is the result of importing annotations using importAnnotations.

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annotationChanged event to track changes to annotations such as adding, removing, updating, or modifying annotations. When this event is triggered, how can i obtain the XFDF string that represents the current state of the annotations. only that particular annotation xfdf so i can see it in my console
this is my current code can you help me to get it

          async (annotations, action, { imported }) => {
            if (imported) {
            try {
              // Export annotations to XFDF format using `exportAnnotations`
              const xfdf = await annotationManager.exportAnnotations();
              console.log("xfdf Current", xfdf);
            } catch (error) {
              console.error("Error in annotationChanged event:", error);