iText in Action: Chapter 7: Making documents interactive


If you compile and execute this example, you'll get the following result:

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 * This class is part of the book "iText in Action - 2nd Edition"
 * written by Bruno Lowagie (ISBN: 9781935182610)
 * For more info, go to:
 * This example only works with the AGPL version of iText.
package part2.chapter07;
import java.sql.SQLException;
import com.itextpdf.text.Document;
import com.itextpdf.text.DocumentException;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfCopy;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfReader;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfStamper;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.SimpleNamedDestination;
import part1.chapter02.MovieLinks1;
public class ConcatenateNamedDestinations {
    /** The resulting PDF file. */
    public static String RESULT1
        = "results/part2/chapter07/concatenated_links_1.pdf";
    /** The resulting PDF file. */
    public static String RESULT2
         = "results/part2/chapter07/concatenated_links_2.pdf";
     * Main method.
     * @param    args    no arguments needed
     * @throws DocumentException 
     * @throws IOException
     * @throws SQLException
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws IOException, DocumentException, SQLException {
    	// Use previous examples to create PDF files
        new MovieLinks1().createPdf(LinkActions.RESULT1);
        new LinkActions().createPdf(LinkActions.RESULT2);
        // Create readers.
        PdfReader[] readers = {
                new PdfReader(LinkActions.RESULT2),
                new PdfReader(LinkActions.RESULT1) };
        // step 1
        Document document = new Document();
        // step 2
        PdfCopy copy = new PdfCopy(document, new FileOutputStream(RESULT1));
        // step 3;
        // step 4
        int n;
        // copy the pages of the different PDFs into one document
        for (int i = 0; i < readers.length; i++) {
            n = readers[i].getNumberOfPages();
            for (int page = 0; page < n; ) {
                copy.addPage(copy.getImportedPage(readers[i], ++page));
        // Add named destination  
            // from the second document
            SimpleNamedDestination.getNamedDestination(readers[1], false),
            // using the page count of the first document as offset
        // step 5
        // Create a reader
        PdfReader reader = new PdfReader(RESULT1);
        // Convert the remote destinations into local destinations
        // Create a new PDF containing the local destinations
        PdfStamper stamper
            = new PdfStamper(reader, new FileOutputStream(RESULT2));
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The ConcatenateNamedDestinations example is part of the book iText in Action (ISBN 9781935182610).

It's a small standalone application. You can use this example for inspiration, but please read the book if there's something you don't understand about the example. You'll find more info in Chapter 7. Note that this example depends on MovieLinks1, and maybe some other examples.

Keywords for this example: Existing PDFs, Named destination, PdfCopy, PdfReader, PdfStamper, Named destination > consolidate destinations, Named destination > Make remote destinations local, Named destination > Retrieving named destinations

If you want this example to work, you need the following jars: iText.jar, hsqldb.jar

This example uses the following resources: filmfestival.script.