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Batch edit Bookmarks and Links zoom level

Post by David.P » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:56 pm

Hi forum and Tracker support team,

It happens to me quite often that I work with PDF documents with hundreds to thousands of internal links. Thereby, it is not uncommon that all or an unknown number of those links have a certain (fixed) page zoom factor assigned to them, like for example 78% zoom. However, usually it is more convenient and desirable that all links should have the "Inherit Zoom" property instead, in order not to change the current zoom factor of the document if clicked.

To my knowledge there is currently no PDF software that can change (only) the zoom factor of PDF hyperlinks if more than one link is selected. However, I think that programmatically, this shouldn't be too difficult. It therefore would be great if this could be accepted as a feature request.

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Thanks very much for considering,
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Re: Batch edit link zoom level

Post by Dimitar - Tracker Supp » Mon Sep 23, 2019 11:49 am

Hello David,

Probably it will be an easy task to do but this depends on our developers.

We will forward your request to them and keep you posted how your request goes.

FR: 4913 - Batch editing of the zoom level links

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Re: Batch edit link zoom level

Post by David.P » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:38 pm

Thanks very much Dimitar for your fast action. Looking forward to the implementation of this feature!

For completeness, the desire to provide this feature has a long history, particularly with respect to bookmarks, but also with respect to links. While, to my knowledge, there are a handful of (expensive) specialized software tools that can accomplish this, the feature has not yet been implemented into any mainstream PDF software.

Concluding, I'd politely ask to apply this feature request also to the batch editing of bookmarks target zoom levels, in exactly the same way as displayed above with respect to links.

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Re: Batch edit Bookmarks and Links zoom level

Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Mon Sep 23, 2019 12:48 pm

Hello David,

There is a Change Bookmark Zoom Factor command in the Bookmarks tab.

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Re: Batch edit Bookmarks and Links zoom level

Post by David.P » Mon Sep 23, 2019 1:15 pm

Whoa Sasha, indeed there is!

(It doesn't seem to be in the bookmark pane's "Tools" menu by default -- but can be added via menu customization)
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Thanks very much for having added this little marvel! (which no one else has:)

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Re: Batch edit Bookmarks and Links zoom level

Post by Dimitar - Tracker Supp » Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:08 pm

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Re: Batch edit Bookmarks and Links zoom level

Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Tue Sep 24, 2019 6:46 am

Hello David,

Well it's a part of the Bookmarks plugin that has it's own tab - Bookmarks. We can add these commands to the dropdown menus, Options and so on, but this can potentially lead to overgrown menus that many of the users won't find useful. So customization it is :)
By the way, I was thinking about updating the Links functionality - something like we have with bookmarks now. Be free to share your ideas with us (especially that would be useful in your everyday curriculum), so that we can analyze this more from the end-user perspective. :wink:

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Re: Batch edit Bookmarks and Links zoom level

Post by David.P » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:18 pm

Hello Alex,

thank you very much for your reply with your additional information about the Bookmarks plugin.

I absolutely agree that not every possible command should be found in the standard menus by default.

With respect to the 'Links' functionality, it would be great if this could also be updated, perhaps as you mentioned in the form of an own 'Links' plug-in.

As already sketched above, it would be amazing (and totally exclusive in the PDF software market), if 'Link' properties (same for 'Bookmark' properties) would remain fully editable also when multiple links (or bookmarks, respectively) are selected:
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This is partially already possible, as can be seen from the below screenshot showing the basic 'Link Properties' dialog when two links with somewhat different styling properties are selected:
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In this case, the "Border Width" property of the two links is different, which is why this is specified as "Mixed" in the dialog. Nonetheless, it is still possible to change all properties of both selected links at the same time. When doing so, if the "Border Width" property is not touched, it can remain different for the two links, while for example the color of both links can be changed from blue to some other color, without affecting any of the other properties, be they common or different for the selected links.

However, it is currently not possible to invoke the "Edit Action List" when more than one link is selected (the same goes for bookmarks). Therefore, it is also not possible to edit or change any actions in the Action List that multiple selected links might have in common, for example the Zoom Level of the selected links, or any actions that might have been added to the selected links (or bookmarks), like for example "Execute a Command":
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Therefore and summarizing, it would be 100% perfect if all "Link" and "Bookmark"-related dialogs could be invoked and all properties therein could be changed also in a case when multiple links (or bookmarks) are selected.

In this case, i.e. when multiple links or bookmarks, respectively, are selected, properties like differing target page numbers simply would be specified as "Mixed" in the respective dialog, and if not changed, every link or bookmark would keep his own specific properties, like for example his own page number.

Thank you very much already for considering this possible refinement of the links and bookmarks functionality,
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