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The PDFTron SDK has a low-level facility for undo and redo operations. It is a API that applies to any edits made to a particular document (not just annotations). This sample C# code shows how to use PDFTron SDK to walk back and forth on a fully general, bit-exact list of document states. Saving changes in a mode that is not 'incremental' will wipe out the undo-redo state list; the API will not be able to access old snapshots anymore. See the undoing and redoing guide for more information. Learn more about our C# PDF Library.

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//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
// Copyright (c) 2001-2021 by PDFTron Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved.
// Consult legal.txt regarding legal and license information.     
//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

using System;
using pdftron;
using pdftron.Common;
using pdftron.PDF;
using pdftron.SDF;

namespace UndoRedoTestCS
{
	/// <summary>
	//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
	// The following sample illustrates how to use the UndoRedo API.
	//---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
	/// </summary>
	class Class1
	{
		private static pdftron.PDFNetLoader pdfNetLoader = pdftron.PDFNetLoader.Instance();
		static Class1() {}
		
		/// <summary>
		/// The main entry point for the application.
		/// </summary>
		static void Main(string[] args)
		{
			// The first step in every application using PDFNet is to initialize the 
			// library and set the path to common PDF resources. The library is usually 
			// initialized only once, but calling Initialize() multiple times is also fine.
			PDFNet.Initialize(PDFTronLicense.Key);

			// Relative path to the folder containing test files.
			string input_path =  "../../../../TestFiles/";
			string output_path = "../../../../TestFiles/Output/";

			try  
			{
				// Open the PDF document.
				using (PDFDoc doc = new PDFDoc(input_path + "newsletter.pdf"))
				using (ElementBuilder bld = new ElementBuilder())	// Used to build new Element objects
				using (ElementWriter writer = new ElementWriter())	// Used to write Elements to the page	
				{
					UndoManager undo_manager = doc.GetUndoManager();

					// Take a snapshot to which we can undo after making changes.
					ResultSnapshot snap0 = undo_manager.TakeSnapshot();

					DocSnapshot snap0_state = snap0.CurrentState();

					Page page = doc.PageCreate();	// Start a new page

						writer.Begin(page);		// Begin writing to this page

					// ----------------------------------------------------------
					// Add JPEG image to the file
					Image img = Image.Create(doc, input_path + "peppers.jpg");
					Element element = bld.CreateImage(img, new Matrix2D(200, 0, 0, 250, 50, 500));
					writer.WritePlacedElement(element);

					writer.End();	// Finish writing to the page
					doc.PagePushFront(page);

					// Take a snapshot after making changes, so that we can redo later (after undoing first).
					ResultSnapshot snap1 = undo_manager.TakeSnapshot();

					if (snap1.PreviousState().Equals(snap0_state))
					{
						Console.WriteLine("snap1 previous state equals snap0_state; previous state is correct");
					}

					DocSnapshot snap1_state = snap1.CurrentState();

					doc.Save(output_path + "addimage.pdf", SDFDoc.SaveOptions.e_incremental);

					if (undo_manager.CanUndo())
					{
						ResultSnapshot undo_snap = undo_manager.Undo();

						doc.Save(output_path + "addimage_undone.pdf", SDFDoc.SaveOptions.e_incremental);

						DocSnapshot undo_snap_state = undo_snap.CurrentState();

						if (undo_snap_state.Equals(snap0_state))
						{
							Console.WriteLine("undo_snap_state equals snap0_state; undo was successful");
						}

						if (undo_manager.CanRedo())
						{
							ResultSnapshot redo_snap = undo_manager.Redo();
							
							doc.Save(output_path + "addimage_redone.pdf", SDFDoc.SaveOptions.e_incremental);

							if (redo_snap.PreviousState().Equals(undo_snap_state))
							{
								Console.WriteLine("redo_snap previous state equals undo_snap_state; previous state is correct");
							}

							DocSnapshot redo_snap_state = redo_snap.CurrentState();

							if (redo_snap_state.Equals(snap1_state))
							{
								Console.WriteLine("Snap1 and redo_snap are equal; redo was successful");
							}
						}
						else
						{
							Console.WriteLine("Problem encountered - cannot redo.");
						}
					}
					else
					{
						Console.WriteLine("Problem encountered - cannot undo.");
					}
				}
			}
			catch (PDFNetException e) 
			{
				Console.WriteLine(e.Message);
			}
			PDFNet.Terminate();
		}
	}
}

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