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Old 11. Jun 2009, 08:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Adds Bookmarks to PDF's Originally Bookmarkless

Hello,

I am looking for freeware that will enable me to add bookmarks to pdf's originally lacking any bookmarks. In addition, if possible, I would also like the option to create bookmarks in tree structure (with, say, section title bookmarks preceded with "+" sign and chapter title bookmarks collapsed/hidden under the section title bookmarks by default).

I tried jPDF Tweak listed in http://www.techsupportalert.com/cont...-pdf-tools.htm but it seems to allow manipulation of bookmarks (addition, deletion, moving bookmarks up or down) only in pdf's which originally had bookmarks (and jPDF does not support creation of bookmarks in tree structure). In pdf's that did not originally have any bookmarks, no bookmark support seems available.

Thank you for any suggestions.
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Old 11. Jun 2009, 08:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't myself know the answer, but one of our experts will be along soon (hopefully) who will try to help.
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Old 11. Jun 2009, 11:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I am looking for freeware that will enable me to add bookmarks to pdf's originally lacking any bookmarks.
Try eXPert PDF Editor. This is not freeware, but you can get it FREE as described in our article here.

After installation, convert menu into English, go to Link Tool, highlight the text area to be linked, key in URL, etc, choose 'Underline', and save as another file. This is basic link embedding, without active tree-structure bookmarking.

Hope this helps.

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After installation, convert menu into English, go to Link Tool, highlight the text area to be linked, key in URL, etc, choose 'Underline', and save as another file. This is basic link embedding, without active tree-structure bookmarking.
Hi Jojoyee,

Not sure I understand that description.

Is that feature a substitute for pdf bookmarks (sort of like creating embedded links to parts of the same pdf and then placing those links at the beginning of the pdf like a table of contents)? Or is it creating embedded links to online pages?
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Old 12. Jun 2009, 12:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Ok, read your comment more carefully. Sounds like capability for both (either/or) hyperlinks to sections within a pdf or URL's. Will try it out.

Btw for-free-on-internet.com lists a promotion for Expert Pdf 5 (not 4) Professional at http://for-free-on-internet.com/2009...s-from-chipde/

For-free's listing for Serif PagePlus 9 at http://for-free-on-internet.com/2009...plus-9-4-free/ also states it can "[e]nhance your standalone PDFs with hyperlinks…"

When I have a little more time, I will try Expert PDF 5 and PagePlus 9 and see which one handles creation and edits of hyperlinks better.

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Old 15. Jun 2009, 10:58 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Im familiar with what you are trying to achieve.

You are talking about the bookmarks that appear under the actual bookmark section under whichever PDF reader you are using. as a quick go to for each section within the pdf document.

I managed to do this with Foxit PDF Reader, but when I got rid of Foxit and switched to eXchange PDF viewer, I found that the bookmarks no longer work. I tried adding them with exchenge but it is only available in the pro version, and again it may only work if you open the files in exchange viewer.

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Old 16. Jun 2009, 12:46 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for that, Beev. Yes, bookmarks are more convenient and quicker to use than hyperlinks.

I'll make sure to keep in mind your obs on bookmark permanence across viewers while making trial runs. Whichever product, freeware or commercial, I settle on to make pdf bookmarks will have to make bookmarks permanent no matter what pdf viewer will later be used by me or recipients. I'll keep one or two extra viewers on hand just to test this out.

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Old 15. Feb 2010, 12:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I realize this is late in coming but it might still help someone out there.
Version 0.9.5 of jPDF Tweak does in fact add new bookmarks to a pdf that previously had none. The user manual is not super explicit about how to do this.
  1. On the Input tab: load the PDF you want to work from.
  2. On the Bookmarks tab:
    check 'Change chapter bookmarks'
    Click the 'Add' button.
    Enter appropriate info in the grid.
    Fields that are important are the Depth(controls nesting levels, i.e. depth), Title (what you see in the bookmark sidebar), and Page (which page the bookmark will link to). I have not figured out how to get 'position' to work.
  3. On the 'Output' tab: enter the name for a new output file and click 'Run'

HTH. BtW if someone finds a tool that can read the headings in a 300 page PDF and generate a ToC automagically...that would be great.
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Old 16. Feb 2010, 03:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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WOO HOO!!! It works!

Thank you, mslimmer.
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