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Creating an Interactive Legal Brief

Jun 10, 2013 9:45 AM

Tags: #bookmarks #hyperlink_composition

I have received specific requests regarding hyperlinkining with Adobe Acrobat, and it seems that the functionality readily available in Acrobat Pro 10 does not completely satisfy the requests I've been given.  What I need is the ability to jump to or open to the specific page or paragraph number cited to in a legal brief, with easy ability to return to the page or paragraph number of the brief from which the reader jumped.  I have tried two of Acrobat's choices to achieve this goal: "Go to a Page" and "Open a File".  Each choice presents its own limitation.  With "Go to a Page", I can successfully navigate the reader to the exact page or paragraph number of a cited document.  However, the reader must then independently figure out how to navigate back to the page of the brief he/she was reading before he/she jumped to the cited document.  With "Open a File", there seems to be no choice but to take the reader to paragraph 1 of page 1 of the cited document.  However, once the reader has independently navigated him/herself to the exact cited page or paragraph number, he/she can easily close the newly opened file and return to the brief exactly at the paragraph from where he/she jumped.  What I'd like to do is use functionality from both options: I'd like a new file to open when a reader clicks on a hyperlink.  I'd like that new file to open to the cited page or paragraph number.  I'd like the reader to then be able to close the new file and return to reading the brief where he/she left off.

 

In 2011, our firm outsourced a job of this nature to a graphic design firm.  They returned to us exactly what we asked for.  However, it all appears to have been achieved through Adobe Acrobat, rather than a proprietary product.  One element that made it particularly easy for the reader to navigate was the design firm's use of Acrobat's Bookmark feature.  Each hyperlinked document opened with the bookmark panel open, with one available bookmark that read "Previous Document".  Clicking this bookmark closed the hyperlinked document and returned the reader to the exact page of the brief that he/she was reading before clicking the hyperlink.  This exact functionality is what I'd like to achieve.  Please let me know if an Acrobat expert can assist.  Thank you.

 
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    Jun 10, 2013 10:43 AM   in reply to ssmf1chicago

    When you add a "Go to a page view" command, you can open another (PDF) file

    and browse to anywhere you'd like in it, and then set the link. It will

    then point to that location in the file you were viewing when you clicked

    the "Set Link" button.

     
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    Jun 10, 2013 12:34 PM   in reply to ssmf1chicago

    When you add a "Go to a page view" command there's a floating window with a

    "Set Link" button. At that moment you can simply go to File - Open and

    select another file, scroll to the location you want to link to, and then

    click the "Set Link" button. Of course, you'll need to deliver the files

    together (preferably in the same folder) to the users for it to work later

    on as well...

     
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    Jun 10, 2013 2:06 PM   in reply to ssmf1chicago

    Try changing the state of the tick-box: Edit - Prefs. - Documents - Open

    cross-document links in same window.

     
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    Jun 17, 2013 7:43 PM   in reply to ssmf1chicago

    You can't change the application preferences on another computer, but when you create a cross-document link you should see a dialog asking if that specific link is to follow the preference or set an explicit rule:

     

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    There's a larger question in my mind - you're talking about legal briefs, which usually have strict requirements on formatting so they can be archived (e.g. by insisting they comply with PDF/A) - all this interactivity may not be permitted in the first place, as it ties the document to specific software and platforms.

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 1:37 AM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    Actually, this specific setting can be set on another computer using a

    script.

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 2:58 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    The SDK may say that, but don't believe everything you read

     

     

    Gilad D (try67) wrote:

     

    Actually, this specific setting can be set on another computer using a script.

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 3:02 AM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    Yet another bug...

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 3:40 AM   in reply to Gilad D (try67)

    Bug?? Acrobat doesn't have bugs. It has "Undocumented preemptive workflow enhancements"

     
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    Jun 18, 2013 4:34 AM   in reply to Dave Merchant

    LOL... So true. And "crashes" are just "Premature self-initiated program termination procedures"...

     
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