With the long, yet wonderful, books in PDF format these days (Agile Web Development with Rails by Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson with Leon Breedt, Mike Clark, Thomas Fuchs, and Andreas Schwarz [570 pages]; Programming Ruby by Dave Thomas, with Chad Fowler and Andy Hunt [864 pages]) there needs to be a better way to digitally bookmark where you left off. For some reason Adobe Reader (Acrobat Reader) doesn’t have this capability built in. I found a plugin for Acrobat Reader to do multiple bookmarks per document from PDF Hacks. However, I really just want it to be simple like a physical book – you bookmark the page you’re on when you stop and go to that page when you pick back up. So here is my plugin to bookmark your page in Adobe Reader.
- 1.2 – Nov 30, 2008 – Use documentFileName on PDFs that don’t have a docID. Add French translation (TitCouille). Add installation paths for Linux (TitCouille).
- 1.1 – Dec 20, 2007 – Update to work with Adobe Reader 8 due to security changes (app.trustedFunction)
- 1.0 – Sep 15, 2006 – Initial release
Adobe Reader 9 – copy pdf_bookmark.js to:
Adobe Reader 8 – copy pdf_bookmark.js to:
Adobe Reader 7 – copy pdf_bookmark.js to:
Open your document in Adobe Reader. Then choose Tools -> Bookmark from the menu. “Bookmark This Page” adds the bookmark. “Go To Bookmark” sends you to the bookmark you created. It remembers which PDF document you bookmarked so it works on all of your PDFs simultaneously. (Tested with Acrobat Reader 7, Adobe Reader 8 (thanks Michael) and Adobe Reader 9 on Mac OS X, Linux (thanks TitCouille) and Windows)