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Sept 16 2022
by Andrey Safonov
Today's exciting enhancements are all built around making it even easier for users to edit PDFs without leaving their web applications. Highlights include significant UX improvements to the in-line PDF text and image editor, the ability to edit or create a table of contents, and new personal bookmarks.
This rich PDF editor embeds directly into an enterprise digital workflow or commercial product – without relying on a server to edit documents. As a result, developers can release secure features faster and leverage other benefits of client-side processing, including improved reliability and performance from on-demand processing.
Find related documentation on how to add PDF editing to your web app at the end of this post.
The new in-browser PDF text and image editor UI
For versions of WebViewer starting with 8.8, we built upon this state-of-the-art foundation. It's now even easier to edit, move, resize, or delete PDF text and images.
In WebViewer, simply enter ‘Edit Text’ mode and then double-click paragraphs and images to edit them.
In the text styling panel, you can change font size, font style, and align text in a paragraph. (WebViewer automatically detects existing styles in the document.)
You can also create or edit hyperlinks and manipulate images, both existing and those you’ve previously inserted, including their placement and size.
New personal bookmarks let users mark their place straight from the page itself
Reviews aren’t always linear and users might need to revisit content later. New Personal Bookmarks let users mark places in a long document or highlight important sections during note taking, so there’s no chance of forgetting revisits or not being able to find the material later. You can also easily edit your bookmark names to add useful context.
In addition, so you can retain focus while reading, use the new quick shortcut icon (top right corner) to click and place a quick bookmark on a page to save your position. Later, you can easily revisit your favorite spots via the bookmarks panel.
A document outline or table of contents offer effective ways to navigate a PDF document. Using shortcuts to chapters, sections, or subsections, users can skip to where they want to go, without reading an entire document word by word. This makes analysis and reviews much easier.
WebViewer brings intuitive outline editing to user fingertips via support for outlines compliant with the PDF specification.
Using the outline editor, users can revise a document’s existing ToC, or quickly create a new one for a document without an outline. Compliant support for PDF outlines is also critical for accessibility, such as for screen readers for the visually impaired that require a compliant outline in the document.
If creating and editing existing tables of contents wasn’t enough, the latest update to WebViewer also makes editing tables of content much more efficient for long PDFs with many subsections.
In workflows where users assemble documents or delete pages, changes can affect the existing table of contents. A new multi-select feature makes updating the outline much quicker. Users can multi-select sections and drag and drop them together to the correct place.
Learn more about PDF editor functionality and get-started steps in the documentation:
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