Quickly return to the particular page of an
online PDF, and manage these shortcuts with your other
Web browsers don't enable
you to bookmark online PDF pages as precisely as you can bookmark
HTML web pages. Sure, you can bookmark the PDF
document, but if that document is 300 pages long, your
bookmark isn't helping you very much. The problem is
that the browser doesn't know which PDF page you are
viewing; it leaves those details to Acrobat or Reader. The solution
is to have Acrobat/Reader create the shortcut for you. This little
plug-in for Acrobat does the trick by creating page-specific Internet
shortcuts in your Favorites folder, as shown in
Our Shortcuts plug-in does not work with Reader. Visit http://www.pdfhacks.com/shortcuts/ to see the
status of Reader support.
Figure 2-1. Creating a PDF page shortcut that you can manage with your other Favorites
Visit http://www.pdfhacks.com/shortcuts/ and
download shortcuts-1.0.zip. Unzip, and then copy
shortcuts.api to your Acrobat
plug_ins folder. This folder is usually located
somewhere such as C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat
Restart Acrobat. Our Shortcuts plug-in adds a PDF Hacks
Shortcuts submenu to the Acrobat Plug-Ins menu. It also adds this
Create Shortcut to This Page button to the navigation toolbar:
When viewing an online PDF, click this button and an Internet
shortcut will appear in your personal Favorites
folder. This shortcut is visible immediately from the Favorites menu
in Internet Explorer. You can organize shortcuts into subfolders,
rename them, or move them. When you activate one of these shortcuts,
your default browser opens to the given URL, in this case to the PDF
page you were viewing.
You can convert the shortcuts in your
Favorites folder into Mozilla bookmarks by
using the Internet Explorer Import/Export Wizard. Start the wizard
from Internet Explorer by selecting File Import and Export
. . . .
Examine one of these shortcut URLs and you will see our trick for
opening an online PDF to a specific page. It is simply a matter of
appending information to the PDF's URL. For example,
takes the reader to page 44. [Hack #69]
explains this technique in detail.
If your browser fails to refresh its display after you activate one
of our PDF shortcuts, try one of these tips.
Our Shortcuts plug-in also works on local PDF files, but this
requires some additional configuration. So read on, friend!