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Topic: Programmatically converting Word to PDF, retaining hyperlinks
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 139234
From: BugabooRu
Date: 9/10/2005 01:36 AM

We have several publications that we maintain in MSWord. Each publication is updated annually and consists of over 2500 individual MSWord files. These documents are heavily hyperlinked between each other using standard MSWord hyperlinks. We would like to convert each of these files to PDF to assemble as a single publication.

The PDF would need to retain these hyperlinks. The sheer volume of content and the fact that we have signicant pre- and post- conversion fiddling to do with these files means that it must be done programmatically.

But that presents a dilemma. As far as I know, the only tool Adobe has for preserving MSOffice hyperlinks at conversion is PDFMaker. And even if we could grab hold of PDFMaker and manipulate it to do what we want (which has proven difficult up to this point), we know that is undocumented, unsupported, and generally a bad idea.

But what options do we have? Our preference is to code our own tool in-house, but is there any recommended avenue into the Acrobat API that will let us do what we need to? If not, then is there a third-party tool that DOES have an API we can grab? I think we'd still prefer to do the rest of the pre- and post- conversion work ourselves.

We're using Acrobat 7 Pro, though we have 6 Pro and 5 Pro at our disposal as well. MS Windows environment.

Thanks for any and all answers!

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