I'd like to scan through a large set of PDFs and move them to given target folders (in Windows or Linux) depending on the content. So the key is to have a shortcut for moving the currently viewed PDF to a folder.

I could use Irfanview for that, which does exactly this, but Irfanview is kinda slow for PDF viewing and page scrolling.

Do you know an alternative?

  • Which mode/function in IrfanView has that functionality? May 26 '15 at 0:32
  • Irfanview can show PDFs. It also can move files easily by pressing F7 and a selection from your folder list by a shortcut.
    – Gerenuk
    May 26 '15 at 6:30
  • Thanks! I wasn't aware of that powerful dialog box to move files to different pre-defined folders. Learn something new every day! May 26 '15 at 6:53
  • (Near-on-topic rant.) In my dreams, every window that shows/edits a file content shows an icon you can drag-n-drop to any file manager window just as if you had dragged it from another file manager window. Also, any program that shows/edit files has a drop zone where you can drop icons from any file manager window. Doubting that it is better? Hint: file selector/save windows tend to replicate file manager functionalities. Need to save in a new dir? Here's a "new dir" button. Need to rename existing target to avoid overwrite? Here's a "rename" feature. All in the file load/save window... Mar 30 '16 at 14:46

I would write a simple shell script which would be structured like that:

files=$(command to get a list of all the pdf files I want to check)
mypdfreader="command for the pdf reader I want to use"
function getNewLoc {
    newlocation=$(some command which returns the new location, for example a zenity dialog)
    read $newlocation

for file in $files; do
    mypdfreader $file
    mv $file "$newlocation"/

That way when you close the pdf viewer with some keyboard shortcut you are automatically asked where to put the file. Maybe there would also be a nice bash-file selector, but I don't know one.

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