Position objects in Editor by decimal x & y values rather than with the mouse

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Position objects in Editor by decimal x & y values rather than with the mouse

Post by gopher_everett » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:09 am

Using: PDF-XChange Editor, Version: 6.0 (Build 3 to 0.1)

Hello,

Is there a way to position objects on a PDF page by defining x & y coordinates rather than dragging it with the mouse?

For example, I have a 2400 page PDF document in which the text on each page is in two columns (ie there are four total columns when I use two-page view). I have rectangular boxes placed in various locations to enclose portions of text. In other words, rather than highlighting some paragraphs, I want to set them off by a rectangular border. Here are the properties for one of the boxes:

https://imgur.com/WdvOu1I

I'm a neat-nik (aka OCD) and want the boxes, wherever I place them, to be perfectly aligned with other boxes in the document. So with four columns, any box I place on any page, should be of uniform width and positioned at one of only four horizontal (x-axis) locations. The y-axis positions (ie top and bottom borders of each box) are variable depending on which rows of text I want as the beginning and ending of the enclosed text.

I've got the Rulers & Grid displayed but even after copying an existing box from one page and pasting it as a new box on another page, I still have to use the mouse to place it precisely where I want it. It would be very helpful if I could define the (pixel) position of the box's upper-left corner by entering x & y values somewhere and also define its height with another value — similar to how you can do that for an object in PowerPoint using the Size & Position settings.

Thanks

PS Is there a way to include an image in-line rather than only pasting its URL? I tried enclosing the above URL in image tags but in Preview mode, that resulted only in a small nondescript block rather than displaying the image itself.

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Re: Position objects in Editor by decimal x & y values rather than with the mouse

Post by Will - Tracker Supp » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:27 am

Hi gopher,

Thanks for the post - To share images inline, using Imgur, you'll need to get the BBCode share links:
Image

Regarding the X & Y coords, I'm afraid that this isn't currently possible but is something that I believe that we're considering adding.

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Re: Position objects in Editor by decimal x & y values rather than with the mouse

Post by gopher_everett » Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:48 am

Thanks for the reply Will.

Yeah, x & y coord positioning would be a very helpful feature.

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Re: Position objects in Editor by decimal x & y values rather than with the mouse

Post by Sasha - Tracker Dev Team » Thu Feb 14, 2019 7:34 am

Hello gopher_everett,

This will be available from the next build:
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