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It looks like there is no way to create a PDF with bookmarks? There is no UI for bookmarks in the Export...PDF dialogs, nor are there any bookmarks in a PDF when an AP document with Anchors is exported.

Seems like creating an "Index" doesn't do anything with PDF bookmarks, too.

Since many printed publications are also used as PDFs available online (online increasing,  printed decreasing), I'd recommend to add a feature to add bookmarks to PDF files exported from AP.

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If you have "Include Hyperlinks" selected in the More dialog when you export your PDF, the index entries will be linked to the pages where the terms appear. (Note that you may need to scroll down to see that option; I don't know its default setting.)

TOC entries will also be hyperlinked by default, I believe, and the page numbers in the TOC will function properly.


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I feel this is a must have. I can even do this with Word. A PDF without proper bookmarks is useless for my use case. I want to give affinity my cash in the future too. I am surprised because I believe PagePlus could do that at some point as well.

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4 hours ago, NorbertWeiss_1 said:

Thanks Walt. Yes, hyperlinks do work, but no bookmarks are created in the exported PDF.

I think this is a matter of semantics, Hyperlinks are different from Bookmarks in a PDF. As I understand it a Bookmark is something I add to the PDF you send me, they are after publication for me to be able to find where I was perviously reading the book.


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54 minutes ago, Old Bruce said:

As I understand it a Bookmark is something I add to the PDF you send me, they are after publication for me to be able to find where I was perviously reading the book.

This is more how eBooks work, rather than PDFs. You can't create a bookmark in most PDF readers yourself, only by using software such as Acrobat. Normally Bookmarks are used to take you to various sections, items or chapters within a PDF. Hyperlinks can also be used to link to external items.

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6 minutes ago, PaulEC said:

Normally Bookmarks are used to take you to various sections, items or chapters within a PDF

And that is what I use them for, I put them in myself as I find something I know I will refer to later as I read the (fine) manual. Haven't used Acrobat for probably eight to twelve years now.


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Both QuarkXPress & InDesign can create bookmarks automatically. Well, it's a bit more faffing about in ID. But both applications can create them from hyperlinks. Often made from a TOC to jump to specific chapters or pages. The below was created from the TOC automatically when the PDF was created.

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1 hour ago, MikeW said:

both applications can create them from hyperlinks

Wouldn't it be more logical to create them from anchors?

You could have a property on the anchor to "export as a bookmark" if you want it to show up in produced PDFs...

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MS Word's Export to PDF does this as well. It will automatically make PDF Bookmarks (in the correct hierarchy) for all "header" styles (H1-H6 etc).

This is a critical feature for those of us making/publishing to PDF documents.

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I am currently working my way through Publisher by recreating existing projects. By doing this I find I can learn quickly to adapt my old workflows to the new tool and at the same time learn about Publisher's advantages and (as of now) shortcomings.

Structuring a document is there, using this structure tree (or parts of it) as PDF bookmarks seems to be missing. This and some more or less advanced options like how the PDF should appear when opened would be really appreciated.

Example: I do a lot of PDFs that are usually built for high quality printing, but are first viewed on screen and often kept as an on-screen reference. PDF settings for those include "View as single page", which helps flicking though pages, and "Show bookmarks", which really helps navigating the chapters and important pages or paragraphs.

As of now, these settings need to be done in my very vintage Acrobat pro, individually for each exported PDF.


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Just chiming in to say that PDF bookmark creation is a must for me too. I make PDFs for customers to browse on their computers as well as being printed, and offering bookmarks are a key part in helping customers navigate a document. Turning a ToC into bookmarks is just a checkbox in InDesign, it'd be great if it was similarly easy here.

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Chiming in to agree. PDF bookmarks representing the various headings of my project are an absolute must for my use case. Adding them automatically in Publisher (based on TOC or paragraph styles or even anchors, though that would be more tedious) would be much easier than inserting them after the fact in another program.

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I also want to to chime in here and note how important I feel this feature is. Publisher completely outdoes the previous program I used for laying out my documents in basically every regard except for this. I would love to see support for adding/exporting Bookmarks for pdfs added.

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