PDF hyperlinks to external pdf files

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Apr 03, 2021 Apr 03, 2021

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I need to add hyperlinks to a base documnet pdf that will open a new file (pdf) in a new window to a specific page. This method shown below does accomplish the overall task but also set the current window to the same new document setting...

 

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Need advice. The target doc I am linking to is a multi-document collection of manuals for reference. Keeping the main root document open is critical.

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Apr 03, 2021 Apr 03, 2021

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You don't need both actions. The second one is enough, and you can set it to open the document in a new window.

Unfortunately, you have to manually edit each line separately to do it, as it can't be automated with a script.

However, it is possible to automate it using a stand-alone application, like this (paid-for) tool I've created:

https://www.try67.com/tool/convert-all-links-in-a-pdf-to-open-in-new-window

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Apr 04, 2021 Apr 04, 2021

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After quite a bit of research it seems that Acrobat is not handling well such links pointing to a page object, so the solution needs to be manually adjusting the page numbers, instead. Not ideal, but it should work.

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Apr 04, 2021 Apr 04, 2021

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Far be it from me to tell you how to do your work.  But my typical workflow is to have a table of contents section inside my main PDF with bookmarks to specific pages. It's a lot cleaner than fussing around with multiple documents.

 

That said, another option might be to use RoboHelp or FrameMaker.

https://www.adobe.com/products/robohelp.html

https://www.adobe.com/products/framemaker.html

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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