Creating PDF Document Collections

Subject: Creating PDF Document Collections
From: Andy McAleer <andy -dot- mcaleer -at- eu -dot- citrix -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 May 2003 15:42:32 +0100

Does anyone know how to create a PDF document that is itself a collection of
other, linked PDFs? I'd like to create a one- or two-page PDF that consists
solely of links to other PDFs. This one- or two-page PDF would act as a
master ToC to other, constituent PDFs. An important requirement is that the
links in the master ToC open the target PDF at a specific location: they
shouldn't simply open the PDF on its first page.

I'm a FrameMaker user, but what I DON'T want to do is handle the precursor
.FM files -- there are too many of them and they're managed by a team of
other writers. I'd rather work with the constituent PDFs once the writers
have finished writing. Nor do I want to convert to HTML as I need to
preserve the structure of the PDFs and don't want to move to multiple copies
in different formats.

I'm currently exploring FrameMaker's hypertext commands (hoping that I can
link to pre-existing PDFs when I create my "ToC") and am also looking at
some of Acrobat's options. Maybe there's a tool out there that I should be
using, or maybe this is a routine job for the likes of FrameMaker or

If anyone can cast some light on this for me, I'd be very grateful.

Andy McAleer
Lead Technical Writer
Citrix Systems, UK


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