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Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Impress » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:04 pm

I would like to be able to rename a PDF file while it is open and being viewed in PDF-XChange Editor (free).

My image viewer can do this, so I know it's technically possible! :D

I just scanned over a hundred pages into PDF files. The scanner software names them SCAN1.pdf, SCAN2.pdf, etc. Now I have to open every one and give them useful file names, which often includes details such as dates and times in the PDF. So I open the file in PDF-XChange Editor, look at the document, close it, then try to remember the dates and times while renaming the file back in my file manager. Often times, I have to open the file in PDF-XChange Editor more than once for the same file as I can't accurately remember the details.

Can you please, please, please add this functionality!

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:11 pm

Hello Impress,

We are actually looking at bringing a feature like this in the future, I do not have any information about how far along it is, but we are considering it. For the time being, the best suggestion I can offer is to use the "Save as" function to quickly save the file with a desired name, then you only need to worry about remembering to delete the old file afterwards.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Impress » Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:22 pm

TrackerSupp-Daniel wrote:
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:11 pm
Hello Impress,

We are actually looking at bringing a feature like this in the future, I do not have any information about how far along it is, but we are considering it. For the time being, the best suggestion I can offer is to use the "Save as" function to quickly save the file with a desired name, then you only need to worry about remembering to delete the old file afterwards.

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Thanks for the blazingly fast response Daniel!

If they can tie the functionality to the F2 key, that will allow it to use the standard key for renaming a file.

I look forward to the feature, and I hope they put it in the free version. I'm disabled, and not working, so the free version is what I can afford! If I can be of any help testing (or even designing) the feature, just let me know, as I am happy to lend a hand.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by TrackerSupp-Daniel » Thu Mar 21, 2019 12:00 am

Worry not Impress,
Saving is most definitely a free feature, and all this function would be is a modification of how that works, so it would not require a license to use. It would of course follow the same rules as any other save operation though, in that if any other premium feature is used, it would certainly apply our publicity watermarks then and there.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by David.P » Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:27 am

Dear All,

just for completeness, a summary of the previous threads on the same feature request, and on the current status of it:

2014: Feature Request: rename "open" files
2016: Renaming a pdf when it is open
2017: Renaming a pdf file while it is opened
2017: Deleting files inside Editor
2019: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it (this thread)
Paul - Tracker Supp wrote:
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Well we have agreement to do this.
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Examples for this feature:

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PS: Just one more small addition: it would be great if this feature would be implemented in a way such that the file date remains the same when the file name is changed.
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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Will - Tracker Supp » Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:56 am

Hi David,

Thanks for that - I checked on the FR ticket and notice that it was stalled. I've re-opened the ticket and upped the priority as you're right, we do see a lot of requests for this.

I obviously still cannot offer any comment on when this would be done, at this time, but am confident that it will be done.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by David.P » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:03 am

Hi Will,

thank you for checking and looking after the status of this ticket!

Looking forward to any news about this feature request, hopefully in the near future!

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Will - Tracker Supp » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:08 am

No worries :D
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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Giraffe » Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:58 am

To link 2 topics: I often want to rename PDFs to something meaningful. Closing the file to rename it means trying to remember both what the hell the gobbledegook was and give it a name from something in the PDF.
To help with this I enlarged the Preview size in XYplorer - but too much work with that causes XYplorer to crash! Often I can see enough of the PDF in Preview to be of help, but it's a lot more convenient to do it 'on the fly'.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Will - Tracker Supp » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:51 am

Thanks for your input Giraffe!

As a note - you can right click the tab and select "Open Containing Folder" and the PDF should be pre-selected.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by kss » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:06 pm

I also love the idea that was mention about right clicking on a tab and doing rename.

Nice work DavidP on your thorough documenting and explanation of this issue. :wink:

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Tracker Supp-Stefan » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:38 pm

Hello KSS,

Thanks for adding yout voice to this topic.
As Paul mentioned earlier - we've agreed on this feature request - and it should be implemented in a future version.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by chrkuhlmann » Tue Jun 04, 2019 10:52 am

+1 here, either as a standalone feature or in combination with this idea

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Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:12 am

Psst, great news for you guys, this feature is already implemented and right now is being tested and almost certainly will be included in the next release ;)

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by David.P » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:39 am

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I love this news!
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Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Tue Jun 04, 2019 11:49 am

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Impress » Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:41 pm

Sasha - Tracker Dev Team wrote:
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Psst, great news for you guys, this feature is already implemented and right now is being tested and almost certainly will be included in the next release ;)

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That's great news! Thank you!

Will we be able to press F2 in order to quickly perform a rename operation?

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Paul - Tracker Supp » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:57 pm

We'll have to wait for Sasha to confirm that.

I did notice that F2 already shows "Shortcut currently used by: Rename (F2)" when I try an set F2 for any other command, so hopefully this will be a yes!

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:40 am

Hello guys,

There is indeed a rename command that is being used in the different panels and cases. For example the Bookmarks Pane - if you select the bookmark and press F2 - the rename procedure will take place.
I think we will add the F2 as also a Rename Active Document command shortcut - if the active focus is on the Bookmarks Pane for example where there is already a Rename command available - it will be executed if possible. If the focus is on the Pages View for example - the Rename Active Document procedure will take place instead.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:01 am

Hello guys,

Just had a talk with our lead devs and they said that we should not use the F2 as the default shortcut for the Rename Document feature. But, you would always have a possibility to customize this command with this shortcut.

The cause for such a logic, is that the F2 is a specific shortcut that historically should rename a selected element in some abstract list control. If we define this shortcut like I suggested above, the major percentage of users will experience an unwanted rename dialog popup that, by the way, is not a simple operation - it modifies the file on disk, not just some inner data. Thus we'll probably leave this one without the Shortcut, and if needed you will have a possibility to assign a needed shortcut by using Customize Command feature.

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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by David.P » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:30 am

Hello Alex, Tracker Support Team & Forum,

I think it would make some sense if F2 for renaming the currently viewed PDF file were active when you just had clicked on a file's tab, i.e. when the file tab has focus.
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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:04 am

Hello David,

I wanted to make a video, though I did not have enough time for that - so here are the screenshot spoilers :)
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Re: Renaming a PDF file while viewing it

Post by David.P » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:38 am

Thank you Alex, that looks very promising!

Keep up the great work
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