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Topic: RE: PDF as Help
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 57944
From: Dave
Date: 5/29/2002 05:29 PM


I can think of a couple of ideas for this:

Firstly split your bigger topics into smaller topics and simply link to the
first page of each PDF.

Secondly you can create a small function (programming) that made Acrobat
Reader jump to a specific page (or even destination I think?), so when the
person pressed the button, the function would take a 'topic id' and
translate that into a page number in the PDF and automatically open the PDF
and jump to that page.

The big drawback to this is when you update your PDF the page numbers may
change and your program will jump to the wrong pages - unless you used an
external text index file and sucked that in each time.

There might be some code examples on CodeCuts ( that
can help, otherwise just post another question.

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> My company prefers to use PDF as Help rather than traditional, and painful
> to maintain, .HLP files. Currently, our applications open the PDF when
> Help is requested by way of a "dummy" Help file containing a macro that
> opens the PDF file then exits WinHelp.
> This is the macro (RoboHelp) that we use:
> EF(`\path to PDF file\pdf filename.pdf',SW_SHOWNORMAL)
> Exit()
> The Question:
> Is there a way to open the PDF at a specific place like context sensitive
> Help? What I mean is, if a dialog pops up in an application and you want
> Help on that particular dialog, can you pass the id to the PDF somehow?
> That is what we used to do when we used Help. Currently, the PDF opens at
> the first page.
> I've gotten information about macro applications but they seem to deal
> with opening a PDF file from within a Help file. I want to bypass Help
> completely if possible. Additionally, I use FrameMaker 5.5.6 to write the
> documentation that the PDF's are created from.

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