Automatically add a link to multiple PDFs in Adobe Acrobat Pro (Batch process?)


Question

I would like to add a link to an external website to a set of PDF files - Ultimately each file would have this link in the upper left hand corner. Is there a way to automate this, much like the automation Photoshop offers? I looked through the batch processing and I didn't have any luck finding what I am trying to do. Has anyone ever tried doing this?

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10/11/2011 10:18:00 PM

Acrobat pro doesn't have a lot of manual or interface based batch operations for links, other than scanning a document's text and making text based URLs, or at least whatever it thinks are URLs, and making them into live links.

So if you have a typed URL of editable text in your PDF, you can go that route and check it, save, done...

OR... if you have a graphic in your doc and want to make it a "button", you may want to try this :

  1. If you build your doc in InDesign you can create links for PDF export.

  2. If you create a template or "Master page" layout in indesign with this, this template can be applied to all pages immediately.

  3. This template can be a transparent rectangle and overlay your existing design.

It's possible to import an entire PDF into InDesign and apply this template to the whole doc and then resave as a PDF.

  1. to do this in inDesign make an object, like a rectangle and right click or CTRL+click the item.

  2. Choose interactive, and choose the type of interaction, like convert to button, new hyperlink etc. - many of these options are IDENTICAL to the Adobe acrobat pro dialogues...

You can then set this up as a master page, and apply it easily and quickly.

I'm sorry I don't have as elegant a solution in Acrobat, but this will hopefully help you more than just a simple "no" to your question.

you can use acrobat to make a link and copy and paste the invisible rectangle on each page, while tedious, it's another option.

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10/12/2011 12:45:00 AM

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