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The Dynamic Annotations Inspector

The Dynamic Annotations Inspector controls the properties of dynamic annotations. The top part of the inspector lists attributes that are applicable to most dynamic annotations.

The status bar lists the type of the inspected annotation.

There is an application preference (enabled by default) that causes objects to be stamped with the modification date whenever they are edited. A similar preference setting is available for the user name (off by default). You can set annotations to either not print, or not display onscreen. For some annotations it is possible to set an action. For some annotation types the Contents field has no relevance, and it can be used as a place to store comments. For other annotation types the contents field is significant, and any text in it will be reflected by the rendered annotation.

Whenever a dynamic annotation is selected, the bottom part of the inspector panel will show additional controls that govern properties specific to that type of annotation, if available.

Markup annotations

can have one of three types:

Note annotations

can be one of seven types. Each type is rendered with an appropriate icon. The annotation can be set to be open when the PDF document is loaded. To edit the contents of the sideline note that pops up when the note annotation is clicked, edit the text in the inspector’s Contents field:

Link Annotations

can be of several types. They can point to links internal to the document, to external locations and even to email addresses.

Links to other pages in the document and links to pages in external PDF documents point to a page number and the horizontal and vertical target coordinates on that page. The [Get Dest.] button is used to set the destination by point and click when linking to other pages within the same document: Click the button, then navigate to the target page and click on the location on the page where the document should scroll to when the link is clicked. After clicking the destination, PDFClerk Pro beeps and scrolls back to where it was when the [Get Dest.] button was clicked. When a link type to an external location is selected the URL field becomes available. After setting the URL it can be tested by clicking the [Test URL] button.

Shape annotations

have no unique properties.

Free Text annotations

Unlike note annotations whose contents popup in the sideline to the left of the annotation when clicked, Free Text annotations are rendered on the page and are always open. Their only unique property is the text alignment.

Form Field annotations

allow the creation of interactive PDF forms, whose fields can be clicked and filled in by the user.

Before clicking:

After clicking:

After filling in the field:

A form field can have a limit on the number of characters than can be entered.

Enter a value other than 0 into the Maximum Length field to set the limit. The Field Name property is important, since form fields with the same field name will always have the same contents. Editing the text of one form field will edit the text of all form fields with the same field name. PDFClerk Pro automatically creates form fields with unique names whenever it creates new form fields, but you can change the field name to a more significant description of the fields meaning if desired.

Button annotations

can be one of three types:

You choose the button type from the popup menu.

Push Buttons have a caption that is used as the text on the button.

A push button’s field name is only relevant for Reset Form actions, but currently PDFClerk Pro cannot create reset form actions that depend on field names. For Radio buttons and Check boxes the field name is significant since, together with the On State Text value it controls their behaviour in groups of button annotations. To function properly as a group, Radio buttons within a group should all have the same field name, but individually unique On State Text values. E.g. a group of three radio buttons might have all have the same field name value of Are you sure?, but different on state text values of resp. Yes, No and Maybe. Check boxes need unique field names to function properly, regardless of whether they are grouped together with other check boxes. Their on state text values may be equal or different as appropriate.

Choice annotations

can be of two types:

Like form fields, they need unique field names to function independently of each other. Even if they list different choices, if fields have the same field name then when editing, if the user selects a choice from one field, this will be reflected in the other fields (in the case of popup menus).

The Default Value is displayed (popup menu) or selected (list) in the annotation before a choice is made from the list.

Use the [+] and [–] buttons to add choices to or remove choices from the list.

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Last updated on June 22, 2015

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