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Making phone numbers live links in a PDF or ePub

Nov 3, 2011 9:36 AM

I would like to be able to have the phone numbers in the newsletter I am working on be live links in a PDF and/or ePub, so that when viewed on a smart-phone, all one has to do is click on the number and it dials automatically. I know how to make the web addresses, but haven't figured out phone numbers.

 

Is it possible, and if so, how?

 

Thanks!

 
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    Nov 3, 2011 11:07 AM   in reply to DED_fmk

    Hi

     

    This works on a PDF on the iPhone, I'm afraid I can't test it anywhere else...

     

    In the link destination, simply type tel:+000000000, obviously replacing the zeroes with the number you are after, in the international format (for example +44 would get you a UK number).

     

    Hope that helps.

     

     
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    Nov 3, 2011 12:21 PM   in reply to DED_fmk

    ah, now to be honest I added my link in Acrobat (for no particular reason, it was just the first app open at the time) but URL should do it, I think. Try it out and let me know.

     
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    Nov 3, 2011 12:56 PM   in reply to DED_fmk

    Hi

     

    I just added it as an action with a clickable link.

     

    Anyhoo - I just tried it in InDesign and it works perfectly both in the PDF on the iPhone and amazingly in iBooks as well, so I'm really grateful for you asking this question!

     

    So probably best to outline how I did it and take it from there.

     

    In InDesign I created some text, and highlighted the part of the text I wanted to be a link (I would also recommend using a character style here so it is obvious to your user that it is a clickable link).

     

    Then using the hyperlinks panel added my number into the URL field as described above.

     

    Next I exported the PDF - I used the interactive export defaults here.

     

    All I did then was upload it onto a server and then downloaded it on to my iPhone (sideloading would work equally well).

     

    I tapped the link and it worked perfectly.

     

    If you don't get any joy this time I will gladly PM you the InDesign file and a PDF you can use.

     

     
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    Nov 3, 2011 1:31 PM   in reply to tonyharmer

    Here's a link to an ID (CS5.5) file, select the text "here" and look at the URL in the Hyperlinks Panel.

     

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/21192016/testPhoneLink.indd

     

    Replace the 44 with the country code you are after and then the zeroes with the number you want to use. Remember that it is usual to remove the first zero in the UK (and probably elsewhere) so an STD dialling code of 01458 would become simply 1458. Don't use any spaces in the numbers.

     

    Then try exporting it to an (interactive) PDF and get it onto your iPhone (as per your PM). Should work just fine - you should get a blue 'bubble' asking you if you want to place the call and take it from there.

     
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    Nov 3, 2011 10:50 PM   in reply to DED_fmk

    I recorded the steps for you in this short, silent video, hopefully that will get you on your way!

     

     

     
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    Nov 4, 2011 6:49 AM   in reply to tonyharmer

    Not my thread, but what an awesome response!  Thanks for that video.  I'll use this method if I need to do the same thing (I'll probably be doing something interactive like this at some point).

     

    Thanks, Phyllis

     
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    Nov 4, 2011 8:16 AM   in reply to DED_fmk

    The only thing I can think of is... Are you putting the Colin in after the tel part? Sorry I'm presenting today so my window for responses is limited. I will pick up on it when I get back later this evening, promise I will get you there.

     

     

    Sent from my iPhone

     
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    Nov 4, 2011 2:28 PM   in reply to phyllisj9

    Thanks, Phyllis - you're welcome!

     
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    Nov 4, 2011 2:29 PM   in reply to DED_fmk

    Hi

     

    Hopefully you picked up in my earlier response I meant of course colon, not colin (didn't notice the predictive autocorrect).

     

    Could you PM me a copy of your PDF, or a link I could download it from? I'll try looking from there.

     

     
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    Nov 7, 2011 12:08 PM   in reply to DED_fmk

    You're welcome!

     

     
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