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From Gilad Denneboom <gilad.denneb...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: how to create an entire bookmark (outline) tree in an existing PDF document?
Date Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:04:12 GMT
Create a new PDDocumentOutline object, and then add all of your
PDOutlineNode children under it.
When done, access the file's PDDocumentCatalog and use the
setDocumentOutline method to attach your bookmarks outline object to the
I didn't try doing it from scratch, but I believe it should work.

On Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 5:54 PM, Gary Grosso <gary.grosso@oberontech.com>

> Greetings knowledgeable ones,
> I'm new to PDFbox, and am under some time pressure to get back to a
> customer  with confirmation we can do what they want and a rough estimate.
> For background, they have a single PDF file that is a master TOC linking
> to hundreds of subordinate topic PDFs. They would like each such topic PDF
> to have bookmarks which would essentially parallel the master TOC, such
> that an end user can click a bookmark in any topic PDF to navigate to any
> other topic PDF.
> I am creating this master TOC, using proprietary software, so I have the
> data "in hand" - what the titles and hierarchy are, and what the filenames
> are each one should link to. This proprietary software does not have the
> capability to generate the desired bookmarks in the topic PDFs - it can
> only generate internal links to items within the current PDF document --
> but it does have the ability to call a Java application, so that is where I
> want to use PDFbox, to post-process the topic-PDF output and add the
> bookmarks.
> I've  been browsing through the Javadoc, and I'm pretty sure I need to be
> working with PDOutlineNode and PDOutlineItem. I can see methods which sound
> like they could be used to add more items and sub-nodes to the tree, but
> I'm not seeing how to link the tree into the document to begin with.  There
> is not much in the way of example code or cookbook-type references, and
> what I do find is 90% about reading PDFs and very little about
> modifying/augmenting them. So, I could really use some help knowing how to
> get started.
> I could create these topic PDFs with no bookmarks at all, or generate them
> with one bookmark to the top of page 1, whichever is easier to work with.
> (I'm thinking it may be easier if I have a sort of placeholder to start
> with.)
> Thanks for any help,
> Gary

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