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importing graphics... blurry or possible to make clickable?

Jan 19, 2013 1:52 PM

Admittedly, I am no expert with this software but Ive been using it for over 10 years and I am stumped (probably due to exhaustion and a failing memory). What I am trying to do is so simple, and yet I cant seem to find the right process for the end result I am hoping for.


I am writing a book, which has alot of images, and which will be published online as a pdf. The images I have are mostly scanned maps from other books; they are large maps with loads of detail that I need to show. However/as a result, when I fit the image to the available space on the page it is (as to be expected) very blurry.


1. I am actually fine with that because what I would really like is for the image to be clickable - meaning that when a reader clicks on the image in the final pdf of the book, a full size version of the image in all its crisp and detailed glory pops up in paint or the windows image viewer or whatever. The full sized pop up would have to be native to the file as part of the book - it couldnt be a URL. Not even sure if that is possible but I swear Ive seen other pdf ebooks with this feature, so there must be a way.


2. If #1 isnt possible, how can I get these images to at least be readably clear as imported files?


Can anyone advise/guide me on this? Thanks in advance.

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    Jan 19, 2013 6:59 PM   in reply to eatingganesha

    It can be done, but you have to manually create the hypertext link from your low-res image map to the final high-res one. Since FM only allows one physical page size per file, you will need to include your high-res maps as separate FM files in the book.


    Use an image processing application such as Photoshop (or perhaps even RoboScreenCapture's Image > Scale option depending upon the filetype) to create a low-res version of your map image.


    You don't mention which version of FM that you're using, so there could be two ways of doing this. You first have to prepare your high-res map with a hypertext destination marker.


    In FM11, you can use the new Graphics > Hotspot Properties... option to make the low-res image a link to your full map that is in a separate FM file. See: -AE40-17149BFE534F.html for details.


    In earlier versions of FM, you would have to place an empty text frame (Fill of None) overtop your low-res image and then insert a single hypertext marker to link to the detailed map in a separate FM file. See: 63e3d11ab7f7960b-7e83.html for details.


    You will probably have to add the high-res maps as an appendix to your book file.


    For some ideas of what can be done with FM to PDF special features, see Shlomo Perets showcase at his site: and expand the Multimedia Assistant section. Note: Shlomo's tools make this easy to do within FM, but a number of these features can also be done manually at the FM end as well.

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    Jan 21, 2013 5:23 AM   in reply to eatingganesha

    However/as a result, when I fit the image to the available space on the page it is (as to be expected) very blurry.


    If your scanned image is the resolution you need when you have your application pop it up, then you can adjust the PDF Settings so that there is no downsampling. Then there is no need to pop up a high resolution image because the reader can simply use the magnify tool in Acrobat to zoom in on the picture. The resolution you see on screen within FrameMaker is not what comes out in the PDF.



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