Therefore, I started to think that I should be setting up my default PDF viewer screen to take advantage of its ability to automatically show page thumbnails when opening a document. This lets me see a good portion, if not the entire document, in thumbnails and correspondingly be able to easily jump to a section without scrolling or advancing a page at a time using those keys.
Next, I wanted to try to replicate the case file navigation aids I see in courts, the yellow sticky note. In PDF these are called “bookmarks”. As you can see in the photo of what many of you know is one of my favorite books, (“Out of Control” by Kevin Kelly celebrating the 20th anniversary of its publication) it is easy to jump from point to point in the document.
So what is the point of this article? To note that the future of court file clerks will not be to place documents in the physical files but rather, to organize the electronic document to make sure that the thumbnails are working and, to add the standard bookmarks. This will speed the judge’s work in finding and using the document’s information.
Last, Adobe has several good web tutorials on these subjects. They are: