Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6 
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 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6

I am using acrobat 6...standard edition on Windows 2000 SP4. When I create a link to another pdf document, and specify the page to open in that document, the link ALWAYS takes me to the first page of the document...not the specified page. This happens even with links I am using in pdf documents created by other people. In contrast, when I check the same documents with the same links but on Acrobat 4.05 (instead of 6), the links go to the page specified in the new document like they're supposed to...not to the first page as they always do in Acrobat 6.

Why are all the links going to the first page instead of the specified page of the newly opened document in Acrobat 6? is my opinion that the creation of links to specific areas of a page in Acrobat 6 is, in general, much more cumbersome than creating links in previous versions of Acrobat, in which you could simply scroll to the destination location (without having to type a zillion "Destinations" in a separate location) and then choose "Go to view" to have the link go to the specified portion of the specified page in the specified document. Why is Acrobat 6 so much more difficult to use for creating links?


Tue, 01 Aug 2006 09:06:51 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6

Link navigation errors I believe were remedied in the update 6.0.1.

Creating links I don't think has changed since 6.0 was introduced.

Tue, 01 Aug 2006 09:37:47 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
Thanks. I will try the 6.01 update. Also...creating links was MUCH better in 4.05 and even in 3.01. 6 is very tedious.

Tue, 01 Aug 2006 10:59:38 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
It looks like you're using named destinations. If you're trying to use the Acro6 equivalent of "go to view" from previous versions, there's a slightly less tedious way:

1. Select the Snapshot tool (Tools > Basic > Snapshot Tool)
2. Open the PDF you want to link to and navigate to the destination.
3. Marquee-select the view that you want to link to. You'll get a message that the selected region has been copied to the clipboard. Click OK.
4. Open the PDF you want to link from.
5. Select the Link tool (Tools > Advanced Editing > Link Tool)
6. Marquee-select your link region.
7. Choose "Custom link" and click OK. The Link Properties window appears.
8. Click on the Actions tab of the Link Properties window.
9. Select "Go to snapshot view" from the Action drop-down menu and click Add.
10. A message will appear that the region in the clipboard will be used to create the link. Click OK.
11. Select the Hand tool and test your link. Your link will open the document from step #1 using the display you specified in step #3.


Tue, 01 Aug 2006 14:00:33 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
Thanks. This is somewhat less tedious...but still more so than in Acrobat 4.05 or 3.01 (I don't know about 5.x) but less than the Destinations method. Why did Adobe include the Destination method for linking, when clearly it is cumbersome and time consuming. What are the uses for making a destinations list other than for linking?

I find that I often want to link to a place in the same or different document (but I don't exactly know the location of the target initially). Creating a link then scrolling until you find the target and pressing the button accepting the "Go To View" is so easy in this circumstance. Why was this easy method of linking abandoned? There must be a method to Adobe's madness!!!

Nathan, you've been very helpful...and I have appreciated your input very much.


Tue, 01 Aug 2006 23:44:29 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
Destinations are extensively used for linking, because they are
independent of page numbering. They are tedious to create manually,
but so is all linking. Best to use a tool that creates the links from
the source document. FrameMaker is good at this.

Aandi Inston

Wed, 02 Aug 2006 01:09:29 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
I disagree that all linking is tedious!! It is only so in Acrobat 6...not tedious at all in previous versions of Acrobat!!

Several posts on this forum have been about the cumbersome link method in Acrobat 6. Other users who have posted indicate that they are reverting to earlier versions of Acrobat for creating links...because there is no logical reason to use the worst, most time consuming, inefficient and inexplicable linking interface now provided in by Adobe in this version of Acrobat. It's a MAJOR flaw in the program and should be addressed and changed ASAP. Why isn't Adobe listening? I am not alone..

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 13:06:07 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
I am in the same boat. I installed 6 and was looking for the go to view feature. Much to my surprise I couldn't find it. I have been complaining about this since 6 came out and have not received any feedback from anyone. I had to uninstall 6 and put 4.05 back on my machine. It seems everytime Adobe comes out with a new version of this program they take 2 steps back.

Wed, 16 Aug 2006 06:05:07 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
The easiest way I've found to link to a certain page of another pdf is to:
in the original document highlight the hotspot with the link tool, this should open the link dialog box
choose "custom link" near the bottom
Under the actions tab select "Go to a Page in another document"
Browse for the correct file
Set your window preference
Set your page number
Set your zoom if necessary.
That's it.
Pretty simple

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 11:57:24 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
Now if I have 1500 links going to 1500 different pages in 100 different pdfs how is that pretty simple? I think it was easier to make my link box open the pdf that I am going to, find the page number and set my link. Since everything in the background locks up when the link dialogue is open you have to memorize where all those links are going to.

Fri, 18 Aug 2006 22:18:39 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6

I'm adding on to this topic with a related problem. First i agree that this linking business is a pain in the neck. Fortunately, where I am working the 1500 links to 100 documents scenario is not at all likely.

I am trying to follow the Adobe instructions for creating a named destination, then creating a link to it from another PDF. When I use the link in the source file, the target file opens to page 1, not to the location of the named destination. However, if both documents are currently open and I click the source link, I am taken to the target document and the location of the named destination.

Does this make any sense?? I cannot be designed to work this way.

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 19:03:19 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
named destinations only work on web servers.

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 19:08:00 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
Broken in 6.0, fixed in 6.01.

Aandi Inston

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 19:09:32 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6

      named destinations only work on web servers

This is not correct. You can use named destinations in bookmarks and links.

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 19:18:22 GMT
 Links to External Documents don't work! Acrobat 6
Thanks for the feeeback.

I will see about getting the fixed version.

I think the problem might have been that when the target doc was opened it was also being "digitalized" (whatever that is). When the document was closed, the destinations were no longer locatable because the doc was not "digitalized". Sorry for the horrible word...

Many thanks to all.

Sat, 09 Sep 2006 19:41:06 GMT
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