Use the Java PDF Viewer to view Portfolio Files

As of JPedal version 7.11 PDF Portfolio support, (a.k.a portable collections) has been added. This will allow you to open a PDF Portfolio file and interact with the files it contains.

When opening a PDF Portfolio in the Viewer the file will be displayed in one of two ways depending on the display view specified in the file. These display views are Tile View and Detail View. Each of these views presents the file information in different ways. Tile View is the cleanest and clearest of the two views, Detail View display allows the most access to information about the file.

The Views in general

When you first open a portfolio file you will notice a few differences to the GUI compared to when a PDF or Image is open. PDF Portfolio files whilst having the PDF extension are not actually treated or displayed as PDFs which means there are parts of the GUI that have no function when a PDF Portfolio is open. For this reason, the unused options are either disabled or hidden from view to make it clear what you can do with the file.

Common to both of the PDF Portfolio views are the following features.

Right-click on a file entry to display a menu with open or extract file options.

Double click on a file entry to open the file.

Opening a file will open it in the Viewer if the file type is supported or in your systems default application if it is not.

Tile View


The Tile View opens with a plain background containing a collection of tiles for each file entry. The tiles are ordered from left to right running down the display, each containing the files name and a thumbnail of the file it represents. Sometimes the file may not have a thumbnail present in the PDF Portfolio, in those cases an empty thumbnail is used in its place. Of the two displays, the Tile View is the simplest to use if you do not require further details about the contained files.

Detail View


The Detail View opens as a table displaying each file entry as a row in the table. The table has a selection of columns specified by the PDF Portfolio file with each columns default visibility specified by the file. Detail View also has some functionality that is not present in the Tile View.

Left-click on a column header will sort the table based on the data within in that column. This can be used to alter from ascending to descending order by clicking again.

Right-click on a column header will display a list of all the columns. Selecting an option will toggle its visibility. Each entry with a tick will be displayed in the table.

Useful commands for PDF Portfolio interaction

There are several commands and short-cuts in the Viewer that can make interaction with PDF Portfolios much smoother and quicker. I have included a list of the most useful of these below.

Previous Document (Alt + Shift + Left) Opens the previously opened document in the Viewers recent document list. This is great when you have opened a file from the PDF Portfolio in the Viewer and wish to go back to the portfolio. Can also be triggered via the menu bar View - > Go To … - > Previous Document

Next Document (Alt + Shift + Right) Opens the next opened document in the Viewers recent document list. This is great when you have used the Previous Document and now wish to move back to the other file you opened. Can also be triggered via the menu bar View - > Go To … - > Next Document

Recent Files List A list of the most recently opened files. This list contains 6 entries where the first is the most recent file opened. This can be very useful if you need to open and swap between multiple files very quickly. Can be found on the menu bar File menu.

Portfolio Display Views A set of options to allow you to switch between the portfolio display modes. This will allow you to swap between display views freely. This can also be triggered via the menu bar with any option found at View - > Portfolio - > *

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