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I am creating a document which is going to summarize important information drawn from a variety of source documents. I would like to be able to include links to the applicable excerpts from the source documents without having to pollute the document with them. I would like to have the source documents to be accessible only after they click the "SOURCE" button. 

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A document that is limited to 40 (visible) pages. 
Source documents are a total of 100 pages. 
The document is an in-flight guide used by aircrew. 
A section talks about flying overwater. I want to summarize the key points relating to the subject. Each key point comes from a different publication or document. I want to have links to the source within the summary without having the source documents visible unless intentionally clicked. 

 


"when flying over water, Paragraph 9 of Publication #1 states, to blah, blah and blah. Also, don't forget to blah, blah and blah, as stated in Publication #2."

 

The underlined text would link to the page without having that page visible when just swiping through the document. Is this possible?

 

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Correct answer by Derek Cross | Adobe Community Professional

Information for use by aircrew, whilst flying, I would describe as mission critical!

PDF might be flaky, particularly on mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones.

I suggest you have a look at in5 which is an InDesign plug-in (at extra cost) that creates HTML5 documents from InDesign that can be interactive and be used off-line and read by any device that has a HTML5 browser – PCs, Macs, Tablets and Smart phones.

https://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

 

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How do I exclude/hide a page in a PDF but have it accessible via a button?

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I am creating a document which is going to summarize important information drawn from a variety of source documents. I would like to be able to include links to the applicable excerpts from the source documents without having to pollute the document with them. I would like to have the source documents to be accessible only after they click the "SOURCE" button. 

example:

A document that is limited to 40 (visible) pages. 
Source documents are a total of 100 pages. 
The document is an in-flight guide used by aircrew. 
A section talks about flying overwater. I want to summarize the key points relating to the subject. Each key point comes from a different publication or document. I want to have links to the source within the summary without having the source documents visible unless intentionally clicked. 

 


"when flying over water, Paragraph 9 of Publication #1 states, to blah, blah and blah. Also, don't forget to blah, blah and blah, as stated in Publication #2."

 

The underlined text would link to the page without having that page visible when just swiping through the document. Is this possible?

 

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Correct answer by Derek Cross | Adobe Community Professional

Information for use by aircrew, whilst flying, I would describe as mission critical!

PDF might be flaky, particularly on mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones.

I suggest you have a look at in5 which is an InDesign plug-in (at extra cost) that creates HTML5 documents from InDesign that can be interactive and be used off-line and read by any device that has a HTML5 browser – PCs, Macs, Tablets and Smart phones.

https://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

 

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Information for use by aircrew, whilst flying, I would describe as mission critical!

PDF might be flaky, particularly on mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones.

I suggest you have a look at in5 which is an InDesign plug-in (at extra cost) that creates HTML5 documents from InDesign that can be interactive and be used off-line and read by any device that has a HTML5 browser – PCs, Macs, Tablets and Smart phones.

https://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

 

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I agree with Derek; given the size and importance of the information you're deploying, HTML5 would be a much stronger format than PDF.

 

IF you know for certain all the flight crews will use a device equipped with a desktop-weight OS (Windows, Mac), and the latest desktop release of Adobe Reader, PDF can be used safely. You can do what you asked about using PDF File Attachments.

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/links-attachments-pdfs.html#add_an_attachment

https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/links-attachments-pdfs.html#link_to_a_file_attachment

 

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Agree with both Derek and John. HTML5 would be far more reliable, and reformattable for the crew. Also by far more adaptable to the screen size of various reading devices.

 

 

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I agree with the HTML5 suggestions and especially Derek's suggestion of using the in5 plugin, however, if you are really sold on PDF, you can check out: making PDF Page Templates in Acrobat (google it)--or--AEM Designer, formally LiveCycle Designer.

 

NOTES: Page Templates use JavaScript and may not work on mobile devices (I haven't tested it). Designer PDFs will not work on mobile devices unless you go the entire AEM workflow route.

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