RE: How to get PDFs to open in new window?

Subject: RE: How to get PDFs to open in new window?
From: "Potdar, Deepali" <deepali -at- bf -dot- umich -dot- edu>
To: "Shlomo Perets" <shlomo2 -at- microtype -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2006 16:14:14 -0400


I looked into what you said a little more and have more questions.

So the best option sounds like it'd be to change the link properties-
but we just can't seem to figure out how to do this- even though it
seems it should be obvious.

With regard to the documents we have already published (this is
literally hundreds), is there a way to do this all in batch? We're
upgrading our LCMS in the next week and it is then that we run into the
issue at all (the current version of our LCMS doesn't exactly have this


Thank you again,


-----Original Message-----
From: Shlomo Perets [mailto:shlomo2 -at- microtype -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 4:05 PM
To: Potdar, Deepali
Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Subject: Re: How to get PDFs to open in new window?


You wrote:

>We have many PDFs published within our LCMS. The first PDF you open
>within the Search Results doesn't have navigation buttons on top (and
>it is a given that this cannot be fixed right now). Since so many of
>our PDFs link to other PDFs, we want the "second" PDF (linked to from
>the first PDF) to open in a new window. This seems like it should be
>easy but we haven't been able to do it.

There is a local viewing preference in Acrobat or Reader that controls
whether a linked PDF opens in a new window: Edit > Preferences > General
turn off "Open cross-document links in same window" (it is turned on by

Preferences apply to the Acrobat/Reader copy where the PDF is viewed,
not to the PDF file itself.

You can modify the individual link properties so that it opens the
file in a new window (this link property is available within Acrobat
starting with version 6).

Alternatively, you may set the following Acrobat JavaScript code,
controlling this preference, as a "document open" action in your PDF

This assumes that the local preference of enabling Acrobat JavaScript,
by default, is not turned off.

(If the program used to author the PDF files is FrameMaker: my
FrameMaker-to-Acrobat add-on has a function that controls the "new
property globally or individually, so that no additional actions are
necessary after the PDF is created).

Shlomo Perets

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