One of the options in the Hyperlinks panel is to create a link to a file. You have an option to enter a path, or browse to select a file. If you export as PDF (Interactive), it should link if the path to the file is correct.
Hi Steve, thank you for the quick reply.
I don't want to link to an external file, but be able to deliver a single pdf with those needed files inside the pdf and then opened when needed... so, for example, if I have "interactive.pdf", it has "word.doc" inside of it, embedded, and can then be opened with Word when the user clicks an image or piece of text from "interactive.pdf".
The real issue is, there are a bunch of these tiny files the client wants to share with the user, but they don't want to clutter the final pdf with pages of text or deliver 30 documents to them and overwhelm them with files. I've heard that Word can do this type of embedding, which they are very familiar with, which is why they are looking for this same type of functionality.
Thanks again and I hope we can figure this out!
Then you want to create an Attachment, and attach the file. That would have to be done in Acrobat Pro.
OK, so I could set up the visuals in InDesign for the link to the file (say, a .doc icon) and then, in Acrobat Pro, attach the file.... but how do I tell Acrobat to open that file? I'm not very knowledgable with Acrobat!
I'll investigate that option further, thanks!
Awesome, I found the Adobe help doc that explains what you suggested, which is great! I just have to figure out how to create that link from the parent to the attachments. Once I figure that out, I'll post it here and we can mark your answer correct and clink virtual coffees together!
You're awesome, Steve!
In Acrobat, you can attach various kinds of files, including Word docs, and other PDFs. These attached files are included in the master PDF and can be opened directly from the PDF.
An attached Word doc can be opened from the PDF by selecting it in the Attachments Panel, and double clicking, launching Word and opening file.
An attached PDF to the master PDF can be opened in the same manner, and linked in a way that an interactive button or hyperlink within the Master can open the attached PDF.
For attachments other than PDF, I don't think there is any easy way to create links in the Master PDF to open these external files. There may be scripts available.
Two things you can do:
1. Create a PDF of Word doc, and attach to master.
2. If document needs to be left in native format, then attach, and set PDF view properties so Attachments Panel opens by default, and viewer will know there are external files.
I know I can make all of these attachments as PDFs, so that's perfect. Here's the Adobe help doc to linkng to an attachment...
I think we got it figured out! Thank you both so much for the help.