Why does Adobe have 2 different bookmark icons?

Community Beginner ,
Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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I know one results form merging pdfs and the other from manual bookmark insertion but why and is there a way to standardise it other than creating every bookmark again? This has been asked many times over several years but Adobe never answers this. If they serve no distinct purpose why create 2 icons and the ensuing confusion? I know there is a member offering to help with javascript but with all due respect I don't know him and don't know how to utilise the jar file it produces.

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Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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Double mouse click on the .jar file. It contains Java code, not JavaScript.

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Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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Thanks but I use a Mac and its a work computer. There are issues with the fact he isn't an authorised developer and to use the jar file I need to then install a java developer kit. So this is not an option and does not really address the original point. Why even create 2 separate icons if there is no difference between them, and if there is a difference what is it? I want to create a product catalogue with bookmarks and I want them to all look the same and not be misleading to our customers. Adobe should not force us to resort to 3rd party developers to fix an issue they do not even seem to acknowledge

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Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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At the icon you can see that the bookmarks were created with the combine feature.

You don't need a third-party tool for this. You can create/write a plugin for Acrobat.

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Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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I understand the source of the different icons Bernd as I stated in my original text. Unfortunately I don't know how to write a plugin but if I did I shouldn't have to waste time creating one to fix an issue that shouldn't even exist. Why do I (as the creator) or anyone else (as the viewer) need to know if a bookmark was created by either combining files or adding a bookmark manually? If they provide different features or functions that is reasonable and I would like to know what they are. If there are no differences in use then Adobe either shouldn't create 2 different icons or give us the option to chose which icon we wish to use. Common sense would suggest the former.

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Aug 17, 2017 Aug 17, 2017

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You can submit a feature request:

Feature Request/Bug Report Form

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Oct 09, 2019 Oct 09, 2019

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I would like to know the answer to this as well.  I work in an engineering firm managing 10 spec admins and I work on specs all the time.  Just had a complaint from an engineer on a project that had 4 contracts.  Two admins worked on them to get them out by the due date.  We have about 54 offices and both admins are in two separate offices.  Obviously, one was manually stacking the specs, the other grouped them and stacked all at once, which is how I do it also.  But when the product goes out, it would be nice to fix the icons so they're all consistent and look professional.  So we just need an easy fix; one we are allowed to fix at work without javascript answers since that's not something we are allowed to do.

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Oct 09, 2019 Oct 09, 2019

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You can remove the bookmarks and create new bookmarks.

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Feb 11, 2021 Feb 11, 2021

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I know I'm replying to an old thread, but I recently came across this same question and found that there is a difference between the two types of bookmarks you refer to.  The bookmarks that are created manually function just how I imagined all bookmarks function, they bring you to a specific page for easy reference.  The bookmarks that are created by merging pdf's are different in that they are still linked to all the pages their file was associated with.  This provides an advantage if the end user wants to extract those pages they can right-click on that bookmark and extract all pages associated with it.  In my experience that's not a common thing to do, but there is added functionality by having the two types of bookmark.

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