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    Page Marks - Backgrounds, Watermarks, Headers & Footers

    Whilst the functionality of the above features is great, I think the user interface could be improved significantly. It did take a little time to understand and it is clumsy to use effectively and efficiently. Most of these changes are minor but would be very useful. I am interested if others share my concerns and if Foxit shows some interest.

    I use Page Headers and Footers functions frequently and it is somewhat tedious.
    • When a Page Mark is changed, you are not prompted to save the changes. The user is required to remember to save the changes. Very important.
    • The Preview Panel should automatically show the current Start Page Number. Currently, if we wish to preview, the user needs to enter the preview page number.
    • It would be useful to display information on Update window for the following items instead of needing to click a link.
      • Date format
      • Page number format
      • Start page number
      • Page range options
    • It would be helpful to have a Preference option to configure default Page Number Format and Date Format. It is a bit tedious to set it each time.
    • I use different headers and footers for each chapter of each book. It is easy to get page numbers mixed up. The Foxit Editor issues a warning to indicate that this is a potential problem. Perhaps the Page Marks could be organised by category (which in my case, corresponds to a book). It would be helpful to have an outline view of the Category’s (book’s) Page Marks. This could show a list of the page mark name, starting page number, number of pages and page ranges so any conflicts could be easily resolved.
    • The background allows a color or a graphic to be displayed, but not both. It would be useful to have both. This is useful if the graphic does not fill the entire page or if the graphic has transparent regions.
    • The mouse wheel scrolls the Saved Settings list which is not helpful.
    • Clicking on the Add button, there is no Cancel option to the message, “The document already contains a Header/Footer. Would you like to update the existing Header/Footer with the one you are adding?”
      The choices given are Update Existing and Add New. We are not told what the existing header/footer is. It also misses the point that you can have multiple headers/footers assigned in each document.
    • I think a more appropriate way of managing Headers/Footers, is to have the following commands.
      • Define the Headers/Footers for the document
      • Assign saved Headers/Footers to document
      • Remove all the Headers/Footers from document (the command Remove Header/Footers is misleading because it could mean remove all saved Headers/Footers)
    • The current Update option which “updates the current header/footer” is not helpful. What is meant by the current header/footer???? It does not make much sense.

    The problem centres on trying to combine two functions: the assigning of page marks to a document; and the definition of saved settings for future use.



  • #2
    Dear rzharding,

    Thanks for using Foxit Software and your comments on it.Regarding the situations you mentioned,please see my inline comments(marked with A:
    1:When a Page Mark is changed, you are not prompted to save the changes. The user is required to remember to save the changes. Very important.
    A: Do you mean update headers and footers in a PDF file,it won't prompt you to save it? If so,according to my testing our Foxit PhantomPDF 9.0 popped up a message"Do you want to save changes to xx.pdf before closing" when I tried to close the PDF flie after I having updated headers and footers within it.
    If I didn't understand the issue you mentioned correctly,please help to rephrase it in more details.

    2:The Preview Panel should automatically show the current Start Page Number. Currently, if we wish to preview, the user needs to enter the preview page number
    A:In Foxit PhantomPDF 9.0.1,the first page is displayed in the preview panel in the "Add Headers and Footers" window on my part by default,please refer to attached screenshot : preview.jpg.
    Would you please help to update/upgrade your Foxit PantomPDF to V9.0.1 and then check the preview panel in "Add Headers and Footers"windows again?
    You may download our latest version 9.0.1 of Foxit PhantomPDF from our official download center below:
    https://www.foxitsoftware.com/downloads/

    3:It would be useful to display information on Update window for the following items instead of needing to click a link.
    Date format
    Page number format
    Start page number
    Page range options
    A:Currently,we have click on the "Page number and date format" and "Page range Options..."these two options in the "Updater/Add Headers and Footers"dialog box to open two
    new small windows for configuring page number,date format and page range.
    According to your description,do you mean that you want to set page number,date format and page range in the "Updater/Add Headers and Footers" dialog box instantly without going to open two new small window?

    4:It would be helpful to have a Preference option to configure default Page Number Format and Date Format. It is a bit tedious to set it each time.
    A:For this request,I have submitted the suggestion"Support to set default Page Number Format and Date Format in the 'Add Headers and Footers'windows" to our internal feature system for our product marketing's further reference with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-9828.
    it may be considered in future versions.
    A:I have submitted the suggestion"Support to have an outline view of the Category’s (book’s) Page Marks"as a new feature to our internal feature system as well with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-9829.

    5:The background allows a color or a graphic to be displayed, but not both. It would be useful to have both. This is useful if the graphic does not fill the entire page or if the graphic has transparent regions.
    A:For this situation,I have submitted the suggestion"Support to add color and graphic as backgaround at the same time" with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-9830.
    For your current workaround,please choose to add color as background firstly and then add graphic as a new background in the same PDF file again.

    6:The mouse wheel scrolls the Saved Settings list which is not helpful.
    A:I am sorry that I am not clear about this issue you mentioned.Please help to rephrase it in more detailed with illustrated screenshots.

    7:Clicking on the Add button, there is no Cancel option to the message, “The document already contains a Header/Footer. Would you like to update the existing Header/Footer with the one you are adding?”
    The choices given are Update Existing and Add New. We are not told what the existing header/footer is. It also misses the point that you can have multiple headers/footers assigned in each document.
    A:For this situation,I have submitted the suggestion"Support to add a close or cancel button in "The document already contains a Header/Footer. Would you like to update the existing Header/Footer with the one you are adding" window,suggestion ID#PHANTOM-9831.


    8:I think a more appropriate way of managing Headers/Footers, is to have the following commands.
    Define the Headers/Footers for the document
    Assign saved Headers/Footers to document
    Remove all the Headers/Footers from document (the command Remove Header/Footers is misleading because it could mean remove all saved Headers/Footers)
    The current Update option which “updates the current header/footer” is not helpful. What is meant by the current header/footer???? It does not make much sense.
    The problem centres on trying to combine two functions: the assigning of page marks to a document; and the definition of saved settings for future use.
    A:I have also submitted the more appropriate way of managing headers/footers to our product marketing team for their reference with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-9832.
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    • #3
      Hi Lisa,

      Thank you for your response. I have downloaded version 9.0.1.

      I will start again from the beginning and hopefully it will clarify some of the points.

      I have 4 PDF books with a total of 36 chapters. I use Foxit Phantom Editor to insert headers and footers into the documents. The header/footer contains page numbers and the chapter headings so I have saved 36 header/footers. They are saved using the name <bookname>Chapter<NN>.

      I also use Phantom Editor to create the first three pages: the cover (with an image); the title page with the publication details such as title and ISBN: and the table of contents. The page count starts on the fourth page of the document.

      * * * * *

      1. Prompting to save a Page Mark (for example, a Header/Footer)

      * Click on Edit Header/Footer button
      * Click on Update menu item
      * Update Header and Footers dialog is displayed.
      * “Saved Setting” text box shows [None specified]
      * Select the appropriate saved header/footer according to the current book and chapter.
      * If a change is made to the header/footer, you are not prompted to save it if you select a different header/footer or exit the Update Header and Footers dialog.
      * * * * *

      2. I have created an example 5 page test document - file attached.

      * First page is a title page – place the text TITLE PAGE in the header.
      * Next three pages are text – place the text BODY and a page number starting at page number 1 in the header.
      * Fifth page contains footnotes – place the text FOOTNOTES in the header.
      * Save each of these three headers as: Testing-1 (for page1); Testing-2 (for pages 2-4): Testing-3 (for page 5).

      You need to explicitly save each of these headers. If you make changes to a header/footer and do not save, you are not reminded.
      If you select the saved header/footer “Testing-1”, it would be helpful if the preview page showed the first page of the “Page Range Options”. Not a big deal but it would be more elegant.
      * * * * *

      3. View page number, date format and page range in the "Updater/Add Headers and Footers" dialog.

      "According to your description, do you mean that you want to set page number, date format and page range in the "Updater/Add Headers and Footers" dialog box instantly without going to open two new small window?"

      Yes. I have one book with 12 chapters. It makes it more difficult to ensure that the appropriate header/footer is assigned to the correct page ranges and has the correct starting page number if I need to click on two separate buttons to view how the header/footers are organised. The information is related so it is helpful if you could view both at the same time.

      * * * * *
      4. Mouse Wheel Scrolls the “Saved Settings” list.

      If you use the mouse wheel whilst on the Update Header and Footer dialog, then the list box of saved headers/footers is scrolled. Once again, you are not reminded that you have not saved the header/footer details that you have carefully made alterations to.

      * * * * *

      Thank you for submitting the suggestions. It took me some time to understand and organise my headers/footers so I could properly maintain them. It still takes a bit of organisation and care to manage them. I think a few minor changes will be of great benefit.

      Richard Harding

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      • #4
        rzharding
        Thanks for your reply.Regarding the first suggestion"Prompting to save a Page Mark (for example, a Header/Footer)",it has been
        submitted as a new feature to our internal feature system with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-10160,so that it may be considered in future versions.

        Concerning the suggestion"it would be helpful if the preview page showed the first page of the “Page Range Options”. Not a big deal but it would be more elegant.",it has
        also been submitted to our internal feature system for our product marketing's reference with suggestion ID#PHANTOM-10161.

        The report ID for suggestion "View page number, date format and page range in the "Updater/Add Headers and Footers" dialog." is PHANTOM-10162.

        The report ID for suggestion"Prompting to save the settings in 'Add Header and Footers' dialog box when you scroll your mouse wheel on "Save settings"field" also has been submitted with suggestion ID#QCPHANTOM-7067.


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