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Chapter 4. Creating an Interactive Map > Adding a Link to the Map

Adding a Link to the Map

Links are one of Acrobat’s features you can use to add navigation to a document. In the lower-right corner of the PDF containing her map, Amanda had placed her company’s contact information, which includes text for a link to her Web site. Now she’s going to add the link itself in Acrobat.


You can read about transferring links from a source document to a PDF file in Chapter 5. Bonus Chapter 4 on the book’s Web site shows you how to build a set of links using snapshot thumbnails of the project’s pages. Bonus Chapter 1 on the book’s Web site explains how to add a link to a bookmark.

To add the link to the map page, follow these steps:

Right-click/Control-click the toolbar well, and then select the Advanced Editing toolbar from the shortcut menu.

Click the Link tool on the Advanced Editing toolbar and drag a marquee over the Web address on the map. Amanda’s map includes her Web site address, www.fleur-de-lis.com.

Release the mouse to complete the marquee. The Create Link dialog opens (Figure 4.26).

Figure 4.26. Choose the link’s appearance and action in the dialog.

Click the Link Type pull-down arrow and choose Invisible Rectangle (you don’t want to see the link on the page).

Click the Highlight Style pull-down arrow and choose a highlight option. Amanda uses the Inset style.

Click the Open a web page radio button in the Link Action section of the dialog.

Click Next at the bottom of the dialog. The Edit URL dialog replaces the Create Link dialog.

Type the URL for the link. You must include the protocol, that is, the http prefix to the Web address (Figure 4.27). Amanda types http://www.fleur-de-lis.com

Figure 4.27. Type the address for the Web link.

The address used in the project is fictional—if you want to see the map in action, substitute the URL with a real Web address.

Click OK to close the dialog and finish the link.

To test the link, click the Hand tool on the Basic toolbar, and then click the link on the page. As the pointer is moved over the link’s location, you see a Web hand icon, and the address is shown in a tooltip (Figure 4.28).

Figure 4.28. The Web link shows the address in a tooltip.

Now that Amanda has finished her map, she’s ready to add the password security to protect her work.

Decreasing File Size

Before adding security and finishing the project, try a simple trick. Choose File > Save As, and resave the file as itself. Leave the name as is in the Save As dialog and click Save. A prompt asks if you want to overwrite the file; click Yes. If you have added or changed content, deleted and added objects, and so on, Acrobat maintains a record of all these changes that is stored in the document. Merely resaving the document as itself can decrease the file size dramatically. For example, my version of the sample project’s document was more than 7 MB in size; after using the Save As command, the file size dropped to just under 1.3 MB—a dramatic saving.

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