Copying Bookmarks from one PDF to another

Community Beginner ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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Hey guys i am new on the forum had a question, i have been researching for way to copy my bookmarks from one pdf to another. i have yet to fine a way to do so. does anyone know if and how it can be done. every week i have 25 different reports i make info pdfs and i have to bookmark them its a pain but if i can copy the bookmarks over that would be great since its the same set of pages just updated information.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 28, 2018 Feb 28, 2018

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I've developed a script that allows you to generate a bookmarks tree from a text file.

You can find it here: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat -- Create Bookmarks from File

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Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018

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will the script take bookmarks i made already store them into the text file for later use?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018

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Not currently, but it's certainly a good idea. However, it's somewhat limited because it can only identify "go to page"-type links.

If you want to discuss it further please send me an email.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 01, 2018 Mar 01, 2018

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You should look at 3rd party tools that automatically create bookmarks, such as those offered here: Software Solutions for Adobe® Acrobat®

The problem with bookmarks is that they are connected to actual page in a PDF, so they can't be transferred. To be created there has to be some kind of consistent pattern that can be used indicate which bookmark is attached to which page.

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 02, 2018 Mar 02, 2018

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yes so far looking at 3rd party apps is the answer some are very expensive. i have found two that copy the bookmarks exact in case needs to do just that. You merely export then import the bookmarks. they both have trials to test.

1) Debenu PDF Aerialist

2) PDF-XChange

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Mar 02, 2018 Mar 02, 2018

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There you go!  Both those tools do many more things as well. I have PDF XChange and it fills in a lot of holes left by Acrobat. And it implements the Acrobat JavaScript Dialog object, which is pretty impressive. I didn't know about the bookmark copy, so thanks for the info

Thom Parker - Software Developer at PDFScripting
Use the Acrobat JavaScript Reference early and often

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 03, 2022 Mar 03, 2022

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Open the old file containing bookmarks, open the thumbnails panel and use "Replace (all) Pages" by importing the new document.

And save as.

 

"Replace Pages" only replaces the layout (optimized pages) and leaves everything else untouched (hyperlinks, comments, form fields, metadata, etc.).

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May 13, 2022 May 13, 2022

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This worked great for using the same bookmarks for a new pdf. Thanks!

 

And Adobe really should make it easier to convert the list of bookmarks into text so that it can be used as a table of contents for hard copies

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