Join Brian Wood for an in-depth discussion in this video Links and destinations, part of Acrobat 9 Pro: Creating Multimedia Projects.
If you have a PDF that has let's say supporting materials or other PDFs that are associated with that document, you can link between them pretty easily. So from PDF to PDF. Now, we can link in a lot of different ways, and one of the ways that I want to show you in this section is to be able to link to what's called a Destination. Now this is a special kind of link that allows you to go from one PDF and click on a link to another PDF file that it opens, and even go to another page in that PDF in a different view on the page. This is called a destination link and it really makes it so that you will always find the right page, meaning it will always go to the page that is correct, even if the page order changes in the PDF.
So that's what's great about what's called destination linking. Now I've got this file open here and what I want to do is create a link and I've also got a second file open called new_products.pdf, if you see that. Let me open it just to show you. What I'd like to do is we're actually going to Nutrition Facts. If I scroll down here, you can use a scroll wheel or the scrollbar. On the second page you'll see this nutrition area. I want to make it where if we click on a link on that first PDF, we can go to this page and go to a certain view. Now, there is one thing we need to do before we create the link. That's set what's called a destination.
You've a lot of ways to get this done. If you come up to View, you will see Navigation Panels > Destinations. Go ahead and click Destinations. Now the Destinations, these are kind of like if you've ever worked with bookmarks, they're kind of like bookmarks on steroids. They literally are a view that you save and you can actually come over here and save these as destinations. When you save the view, they list all the different views over here in Destinations. If you want to, you can click on them, and it will take you to that view or that page. Now we need to set the destination here first, and then what we're going to do is we're actually going to link to that destination.
So we are on the second page and what you need to do is you need to be on the right page and you need to set the right zoom level, and the right scrolling and everything you want to do. So what I would like to do is zoom in a bit. So I just click on the Plus up here to increase magnification. Then I'll scroll down. I use a scroll wheel on my mouse. You can also use the scrollbar in the right. Just so we can kind of see this content. Here we go. That looks pretty good. Now, we're going to actually save this view and then link to this view. So we're going to save it as destination. Once you get what you want over here, come to the Destinations panel and you'll see this little button that says Create New Destination.
Click on that, and what it does is it captures this view, puts a destination there. We can name it and we'll call this let's say nutrition. Here we go. I'll press Enter or Return to accept it. You'll see that it's saying okay, we've got this destination on page 2. Now if the page changes, meaning, we add another page before this one or we change the ordering, this page number will always follow. So, for instance, if you come over to the Pages panel. Click on the pages in the left. I'm going to move the destinations out of the way. You'll see we've got two pages here. Now let's say we change the order.
To do that, click on Page 1 and simply drag the thumbnail, not within the red box here but outside. Drag the thumbnail down, below Page 2, release, and you're changing the order here. Take a look at the destination. It's following it as we go. So as you change the ordering here, it's saying okay, it's no longer page 2. It's now page 1 and that's a certain zoom. So, once we do that, we need to then save the file. So come up to File, now when you save PDFs, a lot of times I try not to save them, may sound weird, but I tend to do a Save As, because it rewrites the file, this is kind of an old habit.
For right now, I'm just going to click Save. That should do it. Now, leave the Destinations panel open, leave the file open. Come under Window menu. Let's go to the bliss_catalog again. What we're going to do is we're now going to create our link that goes to that page. So come to the Link tool, you could find that under the Tools menu. Come to tickle your sweet tooth, click -and-drag to draw the link area, the hotspot, go and release. That should create the link, I want it to be invisible and let's actually make it visible. Now we can see it. Make it Underline and you can change the color if you really want to. Let's take a look. We're going to see Go to a page view.
That's what we want to see. So I'm going to click Next and it says all right. Go to the Page 1, come under Window, come to new_products, come to the Destinations panel here. What I want you to do is double- click on the destination name. What that will do is set the file itself, tell it to go to that file and set go to that destination. So just to see what it did, come to the link with the Link tool still selected, double-click on it. You can open up the Properties. That's a kind of short way to get there. Click on the Actions tab and right here you'll see. Go to a page, open up this file. Once again, don't worry about that path right there.
That will actually works itself home. The thing about linking between documents is when you create it, it shows you the absolute path that's gone. When you send it to someone else or you put it on a disk or CD or something like that, it will use what's called a relative link to get this to work. It will just show the folder and whatever folders it's in. The thing about working with linking between documents is if you create these documents, you want to put them in the right folder first and then do this linking. If you link first and then move the PDFs to different folders around in your desktop or wherever you put them, the link will probably break.
So you want them to be in the right folder structure first. You'll see right here it says let's go to the Destination named nutrition. I'll click OK. Let's test it out. I'm going to go to the Hand tool. You'll see the underline there. We can always change the size of that, make a little smaller. So before we click to test the link, let's go back over again to the document and close it up. So go under Window, come to new_ products, choose File > Close, close that up. Now, we're going to test it up. So come to the link, go ahead and click. Now we haven't saved it yet. So it's going to ask us to save it and normally the end user is not going to see this because it's already saved. Click Yes.
What it will do is it will replace that document with this new document and take us to the destination. Now, this is a great way to be able to go between documents and make it so that you can zoom into an area or a certain page and you'll know that even if the order in a page changes within the PDF, it will still find it. If you want, you can change the destination by going back to the Destination panel, and you can delete it, you can reset it if you want to or create new ones. It's a nice, easy way to be able to create a link between PDFs. So you can do this. You just have to make sure that the PDFs are in the right place first before you link them, meaning they're in the correct folder structure.
You can move the whole folder if you want, and if they're in a single folder, you can move that later on. But as long as they know where each other is, it should work.
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