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Jul 26, 2020

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I design a publication for print and web in InDesign. The document contains lots of images and a couple hundred hyperlinks, which I set up in the ID hyperlinks panel. When I export it as an interactive PDF, everything looks and works fine, but the file size is almost 10Mb. If I Save As Optimized PDF, it is reduced by about 3 megabytes and still looks good, but many hyperlinks quit working. In particular: if the link text is all caps; if the link text is in a shaded/colored textbox; if a long link breaks across 2 lines (oddly, some that break still work fine).

In addition, any hyperlink destinations for a specific page within the PDF completely disappear. 

I've unchecked everything relating to hyperlinks and bookmarks in the Optimization options, to no avail.

What am I doing wrong?

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Save as Optimized destroys hyperlinks

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I design a publication for print and web in InDesign. The document contains lots of images and a couple hundred hyperlinks, which I set up in the ID hyperlinks panel. When I export it as an interactive PDF, everything looks and works fine, but the file size is almost 10Mb. If I Save As Optimized PDF, it is reduced by about 3 megabytes and still looks good, but many hyperlinks quit working. In particular: if the link text is all caps; if the link text is in a shaded/colored textbox; if a long link breaks across 2 lines (oddly, some that break still work fine).

In addition, any hyperlink destinations for a specific page within the PDF completely disappear. 

I've unchecked everything relating to hyperlinks and bookmarks in the Optimization options, to no avail.

What am I doing wrong?

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Jul 27, 2020

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This is pretty much expected. Transparency flattening often loses links. What you're Doing wrong is using the optimize step. 

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Jul 27, 2020

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Thanks for your reply, Test...

Unfortunately, the same thing happens to my hyperlinks when I uncheck the Transparency flattening/resolution option.

I think something else is going on. 

In the meantime, I got the file down to 6.15 Mb by Saving as a Reduced file size, and then replacing one very complex vector graphic with a jpg. All my hyperlinks, internal and external, still work fine.

I guess I'll skip Optimization from  now on.

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