I've searched online for an answer, but can't find anything. I jus started noticing that when I save a Word doc (2011 for Mac) to a PDF, the links in my document no longer work in the PDF.
Any ideas why this is happening and how to fix it?
In Windows Acrobat's PDFMaker migrates Office hyperlinks to PDF Link annotations.
This involves a Windows OS - Office application - Acrobat interaction that is not available for the Mac.
Finally after 15 years of this issue we Mac users have been begging to get this fixed, someone from from adobe has admitted its their fault. I put in a Bug report to get this fixed once a year. And it goes in one ear and out the other.
There is a work around That involves the use of Apple's Pages.
We really shouldn't be mistreated like this. Adobe has had 15 years to fix this problem (been an issue since Acrobat 3) And they have just blown off Mac Users for 15 years.
There is no excuse In years Past Apple was but blip on the Map everyone considered (may still do) Toys so Mac issues were laughed off.
Now at least on WllStree Apple is worth more than Adobe and Microsoft combined. MS has come around and putting more R&D . Adobe should too, Since if not for Apple Adobe would still be known as Type House.
All Products such as Acrobat, Reader, and Photoshop were first rolled out for Mac. Mac Users were not as timid about trying new Products.
Wow- so I'm really not losing my mind?!?! I thought it was something I wasn't doing.
I found an easier solution Phillip-
I still can't believe you can't do this w/ Word to Acrobat. Oh well.
Yes its easier to do the way you suggest "If" and it's big "If" you remember all the items you need to create the lines and what they are supposed to link to. But we as Mac Users should have to do either. They should simply work. After 15 years there are no excuses.
Definitely. How could something this simple be ignored?
I wonder if this is an Adobe or Microsoft Office issue? I ask because I recently switched from a PC to Mac and was very disappointed in the Mac version of Outlook.
Sorry to disappoint but,
"someone from adobe has admitted its their fault." does not apply.
I'm not "someone from adobe."
The Forum's Admin(s) put an "employee" tag on those who are from Adobe.
An observation for Mac users.
A third party software house (Adobe in this case) cannot "hook" to a primary software house OS/Applications (Apple or Microsoft) unless both software houses agree to share the inner workings of the code.
The lack of some feature(s) merely reflects that whatever agreement is present has limits.
The only effective way end-users (me - you) have for trying to obtain a "feature" is to submit feature requests.
(Note that the lack of a "feature" is not a "bug". A software "bug" means something very specific to software developers so a feature request sent as a bug report ends up in the circular file.)
To obtain a feature that involves OS / third-party collaboration feature requests really need to be sent to all involved (in this case both Apple and Adobe).
Even then it is not a sure thing.
It is what it is,eh?
It is a Bug. In that Mac Acrobat is not able to something that the PC version does normally.
Its odd that I can use Pages as a go between and get the Links to become and stay hot.
Simply export to Pages save with the links intact, then export back to word, and they stick.
I've put in feature request, after feature request, after feature request. Along with the bug request. for years.
If Companies would quit mistrusting each other so That software works as it should. MS already has an eqivelent to PDF on The Windows side. And they are waiting for apple or enough Mac Users say they are fed up and they could easily add it Mac platform.
Frankly I wish they would. If they did maybe adobe would get off their backend and do something.
It want happen the engineers are too arrogant talk to each other.
It all Adobe. The word file created with links can be transported to a PC and a PDF Created and the links are their.
There are difference in feature between Mac and PC for Office. Until Offce2o11 there was Entourage Because Oulook was considered Business /networking application and not until 2011 did the have enough businesses/Networking to warrant adding OutLook. The last time outlook was on a Mac was about 12 years ago. So Outlook is a Version one in Mac.
This is quite a serious issue - I recently moved from Windows to Mac and converting word docs with embedded links to PDF is quite an important task for us. Pages can lose your MS Word formatting so it's not ideal. Anyone got any other useful workarounds? Does Acrobat 11 fix this?
After 15 Years Adobe seems to have solved the URL Link Problem But you have to AcrobatXI.
Create your links in Original Document.
Save Document as a .docx File.
Next go to Printer. and click on PDF and wait for menu to pop up.
Next select Print adobe PDF, or Print as Adobe PDF (depend upon OS version)
Next wait for first chices to show up This is equivelent to Job Options in Distiller (High Quality, PDF/A/PDF/X (etc.)
and choose to open with Acrobat or reader after Processing or nothing at all. Click Okay or continue. Now name the file if needed. the choose desired location.
Now test out you document should. Should have hot links.
They still haven't fixed the problem if there is a section break next page and the orientaion has been switched then separate PDF's are created. However the probelem separate PDF's are created at any Page or section break (except the situation mentioned above) has been cured.
The solutions above all require additional software. I discovered tonight that resumes and cover letters I've been sending out in pdf format since I bought my Mac don't have live links!!! Arghhh!!! My solution? I uploaded the original file (doc or docx) to Google Drive. Right click on the file and open with Google Docs. Under file menu, select download as pdf. It works like a charm.
Sue the teacher,
I call this the convert in order to convert spoiler.
Unfortunately, a user will frequently lose the document formatting upon conversion to one of the other file formats (Google Docs, LibreOffice, etc.).
Unless you want to redevelop your outlining or restructure all your table columns, the "convert in order to convert" is not a solution.
One of the reasons I purchased CS6 a couple of months ago was to FIX this problem, only to find it is no fix at all. Frankly, I don't know how Adobe keeps a straight face putting "Pro" on the version of Acrobat in CS6 for OSX.
As for the Word to PDF issue, Apple, Adobe and Microsoft seem to enjoy the ultimate sweet spot--all three are at the party and can point the finger at each other.
I'm now looking for third party solutions.
Emphasized note to Adobe: I'm hardly going to shell out more money for your Acrobat XI. This should have been FIXED in the CS6 product I just purchased.
Another 3rd party solution I've found (using free software) is to use Open Office (http://www.openoffice.org). Either open your Word doc in Open Office or create it from scratch there. Personally, I am more comfortable using Word to create the document. Although you do have to watch for formatting changes, I haven't had much problem there.