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Is there a way to automate creation of Bookmarks in Pages?

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Hi Folks,

I am attempting to switch over to Apple Pages as my word processor. I currently use LibreOffice (formally OpenOffice), and have also used Word (up to v. 2011).

There is one feature lacking in Pages that for me is a deal breaker when working with long documents. There is no document navigation tool.

In WORD it's called the "Document Map". In OpenOffice/LibreOffice it is called the Navigator. The Navigator is better than Word's implementation as it allows one to navigate to any type of object in the document... creating a table of "map" of them.

I see that one can use Bookmarks as a workaround for a Word-like Document Map. But this means creating a new book mark for every Heading I need to be mapped out. In Word if a heading has a level assigned to it, it becomes part of the document map.

*Here is my question:*
*Would it be possible to use applescript to automatically generate bookmarks based on certain paragraph styles?*

With much thanks,

Jonathan
Macbook Pro 17" i7, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    I checked what my memory said : there is no bookmark property defined in the Pages Applescript dictionary, so I think that there is no standard way to do what you want.
    Maybe GUIscripting may fill the gap.

    I must add that if we were able to do that, the problem would remain a full one.
    Where would you store strings hosting links to these bookmarks ?
    You would have to move to this area to reach the bookmarked ones.

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 29 janvier 2011 10:57:10
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
    A Table of Contents would do what you want but is an extra step.

    Peter
    Aluminium iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.5), The closest you'll ever get to there, is here.
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,215 points)
    LibreOffice is not OpenOffice, it is a forked development, which may turn out all right.

    We shall find out, but after struggling with OpenOffice it will take some work to convince me.

    We all have specific needs, but there are a lot of alternative applications out there. None really is a match for the all-in-one MsWord.

    Look here for alternatives:

    http://www.freeforum101.com/iworktipsntrick/viewforum.php?f=7&sid=3f1e3d295f8435 6c03e17613fc48555a&mforum=iworktipsntrick

    I am very much for the Goldilocks Principle which does not demand that one application does everything but instead promotes _adequate simplicity._

    Peter
    Aluminium iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.5), The closest you'll ever get to there, is here.
  • _Eric_ Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    The REAL OpenOffice can be downloaded at http://www.openoffice.org/

    In Pages, there is the option to "view page thumbnails" - would that help?
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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    Eric wrote:
    The REAL OpenOffice can be downloaded at http://www.openoffice.org/


    Which is the real openOffice ?

    Is it
    openOffice which is ruled by Oracle
    or is it
    libreOffice which is not ruled by a huge company ?

    From my point of view, the answer is libreOffice

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 30 janvier 2011 21:58:05
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • _Eric_ Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    KOENIG Yvan wrote:
    Eric wrote:
    The REAL OpenOffice can be downloaded at http://www.openoffice.org/


    Which is the real openOffice ?

    Is it
    openOffice which is ruled by Oracle
    or is it
    libreOffice which is not ruled by a huge company ?

    From my point of view, the answer is libreOffice

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 30 janvier 2011 21:58:05


    1) He said libreoffice is the new name for openoffice, which isn't true.
    2) Openoffice may be owned by Oracle, but it's still open source (which is why so many other office suites are based on the openoffice code, e.g., NeoOffice and LibreOffice, as well as others.)

    If you're going to say "libreoffice, formally openoffice" you have to back that up with some truth.
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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    Eric wrote:
    If you're going to say "libreoffice, formally openoffice" you have to back that up with some truth.


    libreOffice live independently of openOffice.

    libreOffice 3.3.0 was delivered before openOffice 3.3.0

    So, it's difficult to accept that it's based upon openOffice.

    They are both free but from my point of view, the second which is ruled by Oracle is less free than the first one. The guys working upon libreOffice left the openOffice team because they disagree with the Oracle "main-mise".

    For me, the debate about that is closed.

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 30 janvier 2011 23:13:24
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • James Wilson7 Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
    Jonathan, I may not understand your problem but, going back to the document navigation problem you first raised, I find that it is very easy to use the outliner. If you are careful about assigning headers as you write, clicking the outline icon is a quick way to navigate a doc. If you need to burrow deeper than headers, there is always 'find'.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), Al 15" 1.25 MHz, MacBook
  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)
    InspiredLife wrote:
    Eric wrote:
    If you're going to say "libreoffice, formally openoffice" you have to back that up with some truth.


    Actually, libreoffice is formally known as LibreOffice. "openoffice" is formally known as OpenOffice.org. The two are casually referred to as "LO" and "OOo" respectively. "OpenOffice" (without the .org) is a trademark registered in the Netherlands (and separately in the UK) by parties other than the developers of OOo.

    The Document Foundation, which is the main organization developing LibreOffice, is composed primarily of people who were formerly involved in development of OpenOffice.org.

    Regards,
    Barry
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