Reverse-engineering fun: linked PDFs

Subject: Reverse-engineering fun: linked PDFs
From: "Sarah Blake" <Sarah -dot- Blake -at- microfocus -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 09:28:29 +0100

Hi all,

In my ever more fun quest to find out the doc processes that vanished
from mortal ken along with the previous author, I've come across the
following: a set of FrameMaker files that are released as a set of
linked PDFs. That is, there is a 'master' PDF with a ToC listing each
of the available PDFs. Opening any individual PDF gives you the ToC for
that PDF, plus a link back to the master.

Because some of these files are launched from the application, I need to
produce the same output, but I can't for the life of me figure out how
it's done. There isn't a 'master' FM book anywhere, and none of the FM
books link to each other in any way, so I assume it's done through
Acrobat (version 7). But I don't have much experience with Acrobat, and
all I can find in the help is instructions for combining a set of files,
which isn't what's been done here.

It's always possible that I'm being blind and/or stupid, but if so I've
been blind/stupid for so long now that it doesn't seem likely that I'm
going to see the light any time soon :) Any pointers?

Sarah Blake
Senior Technical Author
Micro Focus

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