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print to pdf include hyperlinks?

Oct 5, 2010 3:10 PM

Apparently the Adobe PDF printer doesn't include hyperlinks due to postscript semantics? I copied text from a webpage to an Open Office doc then printed to pdf to find that the links are still blue and underlined, but their URLs have been lost.

 
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    Oct 5, 2010 6:35 PM   in reply to Pacoan-wZPMMm

    With Acrobat, use web capture to create the PDF or use the browser bar "Adobe PDF" to convert a web page to PDF.

    Either provides PDFs containing the web page's links.

     

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    Jan 18, 2011 8:13 AM   in reply to Pacoan-wZPMMm

    I'm having  a similar problem, but with the Adobe print from my browser - the resulting PDF file does not include functional hyperlinks, just blue underlined text.  How do I configure the PDF printer settings such that the links are clickable? Thanks.

     
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    Jan 18, 2011 8:58 AM   in reply to miraluz2000

    How do I configure the PDF printer settings such that the links are clickable?

    Not possible.

     
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    Jan 18, 2011 9:05 AM   in reply to Bernd Alheit

    Really?  Why? For a professional program, that seems pretty ridiculous.  If I copy the same text to MS Word, and "Save as" PDF (using Word's native save as PDF ability, not Print to Adobe PDF), the links are clickable. It's not that complicated. . . . what's the problem?

     
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    Jan 18, 2011 9:21 AM   in reply to Pacoan-wZPMMm

    Hehehe, even in the year 2011, PostScript is not a hyperlink language, right?

    PostScript is not a hyperlink language.

     
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    Jan 18, 2011 9:25 AM   in reply to miraluz2000

    Don't confuse the "apples with the oranges"; the PDF printer (File > Print > Adobe Printer or Print > Select Printer > Adobe Printer) is not the PDFMaker Add-in for Office applications.

     

    Adobe Printer provides "print" similar to a printer driver for a local or network printer. Paper (even "ePaper") has no "interactivity".

    PDFMaker provides configuration options that, along with other features, provides an output PDF that can have links.

     

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    Jan 18, 2011 9:40 AM   in reply to CtDave

    I was not referring to "PDFmaker;" you do not need to own Acrobat or install any plugin to "Save as...."  PDF in MS Word 2010. PDF is just one of the available formats one can save a file as in the "Save as" menu.

     

    Paper (even "ePaper") has no "interactivity".

     

    Actually, "ePaper" typically does have "interactivity." That's one of the advantages of it. It also has "metadata" and other "e" features.

     

    If "PDFMaker" can be configured to include links, why can't Adobe Printer?

     
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    Jan 18, 2011 9:54 AM   in reply to Pacoan-wZPMMm

    Hahaha, okay.  Still seems....less than ideal.  Oh well.

     
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    Jan 19, 2011 2:57 AM   in reply to miraluz2000

    Up through AA8, PDF Maker was a preprocessor for the Adobe PDF printer. The processor added PDF Marks to the printer file so that when it was processed by Distiller, the links would be added. You can still do that with the printer yourself, but you have to figure out how to add the PDF Marks information. It used to be that you could insert a small EPS file in the document that included the PDF Marks and when you printed to the Adobe printer, you would get the desired results. Problem is that you have a lot of work to learn the PDF Marks to do it directly with the printer.  The PDF Maker process took care of this for you. I do not know the process that is used in AA9 and AAX, but suspect it is something similar, though not directly using the printer.

     

    Bottom line is that if you want to do it with the printer, you can. However, you have to code it with PDF Marks yourself -- a lot of work.

     
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