Link to specific place or annotation in pdfs

Joshua T. shared this idea 25 days ago
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In many cases our body of knowledge is archived in pdf form. It would be extremely helpful to build maps that can reference to various very large pdfs by linking to a specific anchor/place/annotations in a dense pdf policy document.

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I looked into that but its not very robust and only gets you to a page number. Plus I can put the hashtag on the end of the link without the need to buy a whole third party app to do it. For really dense text and for specific phrase references for legal or policy work it really needs to go right to a highlighted or annotated anchor in the pdf document to be useful. Otherwise you have to read a whole page of information every time in order to find the relevant information which is highly inefficient.

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Can other applications (e.g. Word) link direct to locations in PDFs?

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Not that I know of but other applications are not geared to solve the kinds of problems that mind mapping does. For me a mind map among many other things is a place to collate broad information from various sources and manipulate and navigate it with a high level of efficiency. Pdf software will let you do it but a pdf is not a mind map.

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I meant at a technical level rather than a conceptual one. I found this document for the Adobe Acrobat reader:

https://pdfobject.com/pdf/pdf_open_parameters_acro8.pdf

This suggests that the argument "nameddest = destination" should open a PDF at a named location. A hyperlink to the Acrobat reader (not the PDF file) with advanced arguments /A "nameddest=destination" "file.pdf" where "file.pdf" is the PDF file may work - certainly worth a try.

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i use pdf xchange editor,


these 2 lines are what i put into macros;


i could made links to destinations.


you can see the format as referenced in other's answer:

you have to hack this yourself.


\\localhost\0-cur-pdfxedit\PDFXEdit.exe

/A zoom=100;namedest=

First create a link pointing at the Acrobat Reader, not to the PDF. In my case, this is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe", which MindManager then converted to a link relative to the map.

Then click the Advanced button on the link editor and add the following to the Arguments box:

/A "page=19" "M:\Harport Consulting\Projects\Reading\Management_Systems_A_Viable_Approach.pdf"

https://community.mindmanager.com/topic/918-link-to-specified-page-or-destination-in-pdf#comment-2349

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for my .exe, i use a UNC path as it's a portable version, i want the link works in every setup,

so instead of a fixed C:\ link, i use UNC instead.


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