Auto-magically add a Table of Contents (TOC) to your PDF. Use powerful tools to quickly build and edit a TOC.
Use PDFOutliner to:
◇ Add a TOC to PDFs exported by Pages.app
◇ Clean up messy TOC provided by PDF’s original publisher
◇ Organize multipage scanned documents in a PDF
◇ Build a TOC for a PDF built from scanned or OCR pages
PDFOutliner writes the table of contents back into the PDF, and the PDF is compatible with PDF viewer apps on your Mac, iOS, Android or Windows devices. The table of contents usually appears in a sidebar or popover in your PDF reading app. For example, in the Preview app built into macOS, open the PDF and click View menu -> Table of Contents to show the navigation sidebar.
• Bug fix: A manually created TOC (table of contents) entry may incorrectly point to the bottom of the page, instead of the top.
To fix any previously saved PDFs, simply re-open them in PDFOutliner. The TOC error, if any, will be auto-detected and the PDF will be marked as edited. Simply save the PDF, and the TOC will be fixed. Or, use the toolbar button to preview before saving.
Ratings and Reviews
Works great on El Capitan
PDFOutliner works great on El Capitan even though version 1.4 has not been updated since October 2012.
PDFOutliner creates and edits the Table of Contents for PDFs. It does one thing and does it exceedlingly well! The splash screen help file is simple, direct and easy to understand. I was able to auto generate a 3-level TOC for a nine chapter, 200 page PDF in about five minutes after first opening PDFOutliner. The two automatic TOC generators, AutoTOC and MiniTOC, create separate TOC which are easy to hand edit, tweek, or merge. The manual drag-n-drop "Push Text” and "Solo Editing” features are equally intuitive. Thus far I’ve created the TOC for a dozen or so PDFs between 200 and 500 pages each without encountering any errors or crashs.
Install the 7-day trial version from the developer’s website for a free test drive. I did and promptly bought the paid version after completing my first TOC.
Good TOC tool with quirks
I needed to add a TOC to a PDF I was building, and couldn’t do it while I was generating the content, so PDFOutliner came in handy for me. I did note some quirks while adding TOC entries; the most annoying was that when entering the name of a TOC entry, all I saw was vertical bars for each character I typed, so I was typing blind. When done with entry, the name showed up normally, and re-editing worked as expected. Also, the page number would occasionally be off by one from the page I had highlighted. This was easy enough to fix, and I quickly learned to look at the page number it wanted to assign and change it while adding the TOC item.
Not as polished as I would like, but it does the job I need it to do and that was worth the price of the app.
Sometimes I don't know what I'd do without this
I'm a college student. I know reading from physical pages rather than screens is better for retention. I think, as do some researchers, this happens because pages serve as mental markers to which knowledge attaches to. Every. Single. PDF I read now has a table of contents in the hopes that I can make my own mental markers.
Putting my education as the stakes, I'm kind of glad but also kind of mad at the fact that PDF Outliner is more stable and faster than Google Chrome. Sometimes the page numbering doesn't work as I want it to (the pages displayed in the corners don't change), but that feels nitpicky in the context of such a great program.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.