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Topic: A page link maker/plug-in?
Conf: (P-PDF) Acrobat 6.0, Msg: 109311
From: auricle
Date: 4/9/2004 12:35 PM

Have a rather large .pdf document, a software manual to be precise, where hot page links or cross-references are a requirement… a 1,000 or more of them, actually, most on phrases not just single words.

Doing this by hand with the Acrobat 6.0 interface is not an option… a lifetime would be required.

I did find a tool (Document Linker) within a $1K (!!!) plug-in “kit” from InfoData called Compose. After playing around with the trial version, I found that it comes very, very close to meeting my needs. It will place links on phrases (strings of words), a must, as well as single words. And it has a nice Import Bookmarks feature to help fill its link to-do list with text patterns and page numbers to be linked. BUT…

(1) Document Linker provides no “case sensitive” facility; (2) if a phrase to be linked is split by a sentence break, a link is created around the two full sentences involved rather than just around the component words of the phrase; (3) once you build a link to-do list within the plug-in, you can’t save it then reload for later re-use; (4) to ease later page additions/replacements, there is no way to limit link placement within a page range; and finally, it will place a link on a word or phrase even if that word or phrase is already linked (i.e., if you are not careful, it places two or more identical links on top of each other for the price of one!).


Anyone know of an alternative to Compose's Document Linker (stand alone or otherwise) that matches its features but solves at least some of the deficiencies I have noted?


Richard Grant
Auricle Control Systems

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