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Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:37 am
by sgspecker
I have a lot of links in a PDF that need to be modified. The links pointed between documents, but are not working when combined together with PDF-EXChange Editor. (Adobe's software didn't do any better.)

But, editing the links was much easier with Adobe's software. I'm wondering if I'm missing something because it appears to be very painful to do this with PDF-XChange. Rather than just setting a new target location for the link, it appears you have to (1) Delete the previous action, (2) create a new one, (3) and find the link-to location using a rather featureless dialog.

This problem is "sort-of" documented in another forum thread: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=10628. At first, I thought this thread might be the answer to the problem, but it appears that the "easy" way to set the destination for an internal link only works when "creating" a new link, but not when "editing" a current link. (It would be great if someone could tell me I'm wrong on this.)

I'm actually surprised that the editor does not do a better job fixing links when exporting Word documents and combining them, but I guess that's fodder for another thread.

Take Care,
Scott

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Thu Sep 19, 2019 12:38 pm
by Radi - Tracker Supp
Hello Scott,

Have you tried to use the Links pane and/or the Link tool to modify the existing links instead of re-creating them?

You can find the Link pane from View -> Panes -> Links and the Link tool in Home -> Create Link.

If the above do not work for you, please provide a sample PDF document so we can check your links on our end.

If the document contains confidential or personal information, please do not post it on the forum, instead e-mail it to us at support@tracker-software.com with a link to this forum topic.

Regards,
Radi

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:59 am
by sgspecker
From what I can tell, the Links pane does not provide me with an easy way to modify a link's destination. a nice listing of the document's links, but doesn't help me modify them.

I'll send you the document, as you requested.

Thanks,
Scott

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Fri Sep 20, 2019 12:22 pm
by Radi - Tracker Supp
Hello Scott,

I've just replied to your e-mail. Let's continue the conversation there.

Regards,
Radi

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:31 pm
by David.P
Hi all,

+1 for this feature request. It would be great, and probably not even that difficult to implement, if in the links pane, when right clicking on a link, you could simply choose "Set Destination", in exactly the same way this is already possible for bookmarks:

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When doing this, the link destination simply would be changed to point to the currently visible page (or part of a page).

At the same time, a second context menu entry could be added to the links in the links pane saying "Change Destination". If this menu entry would be selected, the normal "Browse for Link Target" dialog would be invoked:

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Thank you
David

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Sun Sep 22, 2019 7:21 pm
by sgspecker
Yes, this is exactly what I was looking for. This is why I referred to your excellent description in my first post. The need is very similar to what you're describing.

Thanks for chiming in!

Take Care,
Scott

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:57 am
by Tracker Supp-Stefan
Hello David, Scott,

Thanks for adding your voices here.
Seems like ticket 995 (form David's topic related to this) has been merged into
#2742: FR: Links wishlist
So I will include this topic in the above ticket, and raise it's priority!

Regards,
Stefan

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:50 pm
by David.P
Thank you Stefan for adding this to the ticket.
Keep up the great work!
Regards
David
:)

Re: Editing internal links in PDF file

Posted: Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:19 pm
by Tracker Supp-Stefan
You are welcome David!

Cheers,
Stefan