You'll have to provide more detail. Where are the linked-to PDF's stored?
I have a folder called Hyperlinks in the file set with all the other files associated with the job. So a main folder and within that folder the InDesign native file, the PDF, a subset folder with Links, and another subset folder called Hyperlinks that contains all the linked documents. Ultimately, I want to provide my clients with all of the files that they can put on their server. And then they can view linked documents when they click the text or group indicated in the PDF. I have actually given them all the files as described but when they click on the hyperlinks they get a security screen pop up asking them to allow or block the path to my hard drive. Then nothing happens.
...when they click on the hyperlinks they get a security screen pop up asking them to allow or block the path to my hard drive. Then nothing happens.
Yes, the security alert is something you can't get around, but that's not the problem, provided they click "Allow".
From your description, the hyperlinks point to the documents on your hard drive. Do the clients have access to your hard drive?
To make this work, the hyperlinks would have to be relative, not absolute. If the hyperlink path points to a location on your hard drive, i.e., E:\Project\Hyperlinks\LinkedDocument.pdf that's an absolute path (which would attempt to find the linked document on the clients' drive E:, which may not even exist). To make it relative, you'd have to shorten it to: \Hyperlinks\LinkedDocument.pdf And then, for best results, the file set would be in a "neutral" or "independent" location, isolated from the client's system storage, like on a web server or read-only removable media.
This seems to make good sense. I do not want my clients and their end users accessing my computer for the files.
How do I shorten that to path? Do I just key in the \Hyperlinks\LinkedDocument.pdf (meaning the actual document name) in the path area in the hyperlinks window in InDesign?
The more important aspect of this situation is the location of the linked PDF as opposed to shortening the path. The PDFs need to be web accessible, stored on a web site, file sharing service, cloud, etc. Once you copy files to web accessible location, you can go use a browser to go to PDF location. Then simply copy URL from address bar and paste into hyperlink location back in Indesign.
Another approach to this situation would be to attach the linked PDFs to the master PDF file. Then in the master file you can have links go and open attached PDFs. This method does not require linked PDF to be stored externally, but does require Acrobat.
Thank you. I appreciate your response.
Thank you. This was really helpful.