public class

Highlights

extends Object
java.lang.Object
   ↳ com.pdftron.pdf.Highlights

Class Overview

Highlights is used to store the necessary information and perform certain tasks in accordance with Adobe's Highlight standard, whose details can be found at http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/pdf/HighlightFileFormat.pdf.

In a nutshell, the Highlights class maintains a set of highlights. Each highlight contains three pieces of information:

  • page: the number of the page this Highlight is on;
  • position: the start position (text offset) of this Highlight;
  • length: the length of this Highlight.

Possible use case scenarios for Highlights include:

  • Load a Highlight file (in XML format) and highlight the corresponding texts in the viewer (e.g., if the viewer is implemented using PDFViewCtrl, it can be achieved simply by calling PDFViewCtrl.selectWithHighlights(Highlights highlights) method);
  • Save the Highlight information (e.g., constructed by the TextSearch class) to an XML file for external uses.

Note:
- The Highlights class does not maintain the corresponding PDF document for its highlights. It is the user's responsibility to match them up.
- The Highlights class ensures that each highlight it maintains is unique (no two highlights have the same page, position and length values).
- The current implementation of Highlights only supports the 'characters' encoding for 'units' as described in the format; the 'words' encoding is not supported at this point.

For a sample code, please take a look at the TextSearch sample project.

Summary

Public Constructors
Highlights()
Instantiate default highlights.
Highlights(long other_impl)
Public Methods
void add(Highlights hlts)
Add extra Highlight information into the class.
void begin(PDFDoc doc)
Rewind the internal pointer to the first highlight.
void clear()
Clear the current Highlight information in the class.
void destroy()
Frees the native memory of the object.
int getCurrentPageNumber()
Get the page number of the current highlight.
double[] getCurrentQuads()
Get the corresponding quadrangles of the current highlight.
boolean hasNext()
Query if there is any subsequent highlight after the current highlight.
void load(String file_name)
Load the Highlight information from a file.
void next()
Move the current highlight to the next highlight.
void save(String file_name)
Save the current Highlight information in the class to a file.
Protected Methods
void finalize()
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Inherited Methods
From class java.lang.Object

Public Constructors

public Highlights ()

Instantiate default highlights.

public Highlights (long other_impl)

Public Methods

public void add (Highlights hlts)

Add extra Highlight information into the class.

Parameters
hlts the Highlights of which the Highlight information is to be added.

public void begin (PDFDoc doc)

Rewind the internal pointer to the first highlight.

Note: the PDF document can be a dummy document unless getCurrentQuads() is to be called.

Parameters
doc the PDF document to which the highlights correspond.

public void clear ()

Clear the current Highlight information in the class.

public void destroy ()

Frees the native memory of the object. This can be explicity called to control the deallocation of native memory and avoid situations where the garbage collector does not free the object in a timely manner.

public int getCurrentPageNumber ()

Get the page number of the current highlight.

Returns
  • the current page number

public double[] getCurrentQuads ()

Get the corresponding quadrangles of the current highlight.

Note: since a highlight may correspond to multiple quadrangles, e.g., when it crosses a line, the number of resulting quadrangles may be larger than 1.

Returns
  • the output quadrangles. Each quadrangle has eight doubles (x1, y1), (x2, y2), (x3, y3), (x4, y4) denoting the four vertices in counter-clockwise order.

public boolean hasNext ()

Query if there is any subsequent highlight after the current highlight.

Returns
  • true, if there is subsequent highlight

public void load (String file_name)

Load the Highlight information from a file. Note that the pre-existing Highlight information is discarded.

Parameters
file_name the name of the file to load from.

public void next ()

Move the current highlight to the next highlight.

public void save (String file_name)

Save the current Highlight information in the class to a file.

Parameters
file_name the name of the file to save to.

Protected Methods

protected void finalize ()

Throws
Throwable