I'm trying to create an 'intelligent structure' in a pdf that has editable vector text (I think acrobat calls it render text), and a very repetitive color/bold/font format style.
So for example it looks like this:
As you can see the only way a program like Acrobat X might be able to tell the difference between the real Section 1.1.1 (which is in bold and a larger font size) and the mere reference to Section 1.1.1 is that the reference isn't bold and is a smaller text size..
I want to be able to 'hyperlink' the references to Section 1.1.1 to be click-able and jump to the real Section 1.1.1, for all references to section numbers throughout the book this way (which would take ages to do manually without an automated routine, because the book has about 12,000 references).
I know Indesign has similar features but not sure it can actually do this simply by font type for all "headers" or "section headers" automatically, without having to select each one individually. Any ideas?
What do you mean by 'recognized things with tabs, if done'?
I figured it wouldn't be simple, that's fine.
Do you mean microsoft word as the word processor ideally?
I don't mind converting to word I just didn't know MS Word could even do this kind of thing based on text size/style
That's what I'm asking here, how to automatically associate every occurence of the word 'Figure 1.1" for example to jump to the actual Figure 1.1. The way it would know which 'Figure 1.1' is the one to jump to is because it would have a larger text size and bold font or something.
In your post to Acrobat Answers
you mentioned that you do not have the authoring file.
Unfortunate as this means you will have to either manually created links using Acrobat or obtain additional software to work with Acrobat.
(as mentioned in the Acrobat Answers thread)
As to usage of authoring applications and mastering content to get that intelligent/interactive output PDF.
For technical documentation that is of a "living document" nature I find FrameMaker's "Book" feature the most useful.
With that said, depending on this and that one might find InDesign workable.
While Word can be (and is) used for large technical documentation I find it too constraining/limiting as an authoring application.
Fine if I want only hardcopy - too limiting if I want PDF of large technical documents.
(e.g., 20 Chapters of content spanning some 3000 pages)
For chapter, section, sub-section entries (1, 1.1, etc.) the authoring application's Built-In Headings style/paragraph tag must be used.
In FrameMaker, InDesign, and Word these are "unique" and as such support identification of the document's logical hierarchy.
They can become the PDF Bookmarks.
They support the application generation of TOC.
They readily support the graceful creation of inter and intra document links and cross-references.
Similarly, one can master content in FM, InD, or Word such that the "Figure 1.1" title/caption (using built-in paragraph tags/styles) is used.
Any other body text entries that point to "Figure 1.1" can be mastered such that they link to the actual Figure.
The output PDF can reflect this.
But, again, without proper content mastering in an appropriate authoring application the typical recourse is creating the links manually with the Acrobat's Link tool.
Doing it in Acrobat can be facilitated by using a script. I have created a script that can take a list of search terms, like "Figure 1.1", and create a link over each instance of those search terms that acts in a customized way, like going to a page, to a named destination, to open a web page, etc.
Have a look here for more information about it: http://try67.blogspot.com/2012/03/acrobat-create-custom-links-from-tex t.html