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Previewing links for pdfs on mouseover for adobe reader

New Here ,
Oct 19, 2021 Oct 19, 2021

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I have a pdf with a lot of links (imagine a paper with numbered lines and different lines are sometimes referenced with a link in the same pdf document). When I click a link, it takes me to that part of the pdf - great. However, I want to know if there is a way to have a preview of where that link would take me just with a mouseover of the link or something similar, rather than going all the way to where the link takes me by clicking. Does such a thing exist for adober reader?

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Adobe Employee ,
Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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Hi there

 

Hope you are doing well and thankyou for reaching out.

 

You may submit your feature request with the engineering team using the link https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

Regards

Amal

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New Here ,
Nov 08, 2021 Nov 08, 2021

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Should I interpret this as you saying such a feature doesn't already exist in some form?

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Adobe Employee ,
Nov 11, 2021 Nov 11, 2021

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Hi there

 

Please submit the feature request uaing the link - https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

Regards

Amal

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Nov 11, 2021 Nov 11, 2021

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There's no built-in command that does that, no. It is possible to set it up using a script, but you'll need to generate those "preview" images in advance and embed them on the page as hidden fields which are made visible when the user hovers above the "trigger" fields. They can't be generated "on-the-fly" by the script.

 

I've actually created a (paid-for) tool that will help you set it up. You can find it here:

https://www.try67.com/tool/acrobat-create-popup-images

 

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New Here ,
Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Hi, if I use the default reader in linux (Pop OS) whic is Okular, it shows popup previews when you hover over links, but it does not need them pregenerated, it makes them on the fly and with no real perceptible delay. It works on links to other files as well into the same document.

 

The need to pre-generate the link views, is that because you do it as a plug -in or some kind of add-in, or does Acrobat inherently not have the architecture to allow this functionality to occur?

 

What if they were to build it into the base feature set, which seems they have little interest in?

 

I have an engineering tool that I have developed that creates links for jumping between cross references in a specific way suited to certain kinds of engineering deliverables, but it really relies on this preview feature and right now I am looking at giving to interested users as a linux vm so they can use the Okular reader, not ideal, but it seems Adobe won't come to the party and in some way limit others doing it for them.

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Community Expert ,
Jan 23, 2024 Jan 23, 2024

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Currently there's no way to do that in Acrobat or Reader. You can submit a feature request, though:

https://www.adobe.com/products/wishform.html

 

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Jan 23, 2024 Jan 23, 2024

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