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PDF format with clickable thumbnail-to-fullsize images?

Can PDF's include clickable thumbnail-to-fullsize images?



5:16 pm on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Is it possible to make a PDF file with clickable thumbnail-to-fullsize images?

We're publishing an ebook, and we'd like the user to be able to download an ebook file with inline thumbnails, that, when clicked upon, display the fullsize image. We don't want the thumbnails to link to an online version of the fullsize; we want it all included in the downloadable ebook file, so they can view the thumbnails and the fullsize images offline.

Anyway to do it all in one file, cross-platform, without requiring the user to download any new software?


10:40 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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not sure but there is some javascript support inside PDF that could help, perhaps you can find your way out using it, surely you can do it pointing to another page (not on the same like a pop up), other than that I only know how to link to online versions.


4:15 pm on Jul 22, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, I appreciate the response. I'll look into the javascript solution. Agreed that I can make a photo link to an online fullsize pic, but I'm surprised there's no option to accommodate thumbnail=>fullsize pics in a single file.


1:33 am on Jul 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Good news for you
I'm surprised there's no option to accommodate thumbnail=>fullsize pics in a single file.

Yes there is, I was talking about using javascript inside the PDF to point to another JPG inside the same PDF. I found out the JS support on PDF trying to get PDFs to autoprint (to show the print dialog right out when you open the file) so I guess you could do some magic there on the same file using JS.

Anyway there is another and better way to do it. I'm creating the PDF manual for one of my CMS and decided to try and implement shorcuts within the document (similar to what you want but from text to text instead of images) and I found a solution that suits my needs.

I'm using *SoftMaker Office*, an office suite that has built in PDF export. There is the option of creating hiperlinks and markers within the text, from page to page and this is preserved when you export the file to PDF. This way I can get links on the same document to the respective pages and paragraphs for my clients to navigate. Is a very nice piece of software with a nice price, search for it on the web.

** Mods: hope there is no problem mentioning the name of the software in this section of the forum. I think others could find it useful too.


4:13 pm on Jul 23, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hey thanks explorador; sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. I'll be sure to check it out.

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