Jun 19th, 2012, 08:15 PM
I saved a web page instruction as a pdf file using the Mac print > save as pdf capability.
If I do that using Safari for the web page (rather than Camino for instance), any links on that web page become clickable (if I use Camino they do not).
But now I would like to change the link the linked text on the pdf is pointing to - not the pdf text, just the link.
When I embed a link in a word document for example, then save that as a pdf document, doing a right click on the link will bring up a contextual menu where one of the items is a window where I can change the actual embedded link but that doesn't work with the pdf document saved from the web.
Jun 19th, 2012, 08:57 PM
Save the web page locally, edit the HTML to update the hyperlink to your intended destination, open the local version of the page and print to PDF.
Alternately, use Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Jun 19th, 2012, 09:06 PM
I tried Adobe Acrobat Pro, I can see the hyperlink,also copy it, also attach it to the document, but can't see how to edit it.
What function of Adobe does one use?
Jun 19th, 2012, 09:08 PM
You can also use any number of PDF editing programs, like PDF Pen (http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/pdfpen-for-mac/id403624960?mt=12) or PDF Nomad (http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/pdf-nomad/id477389685?mt=12) (links take you to the Mac App Store).
I scored PDF Nomad on one of those "free app specials" awhile back, and it worked great... until I let the darn thing auto-update to a new version (1.0-->1.4) which is no longer registered. Sneaky buggers.
EDIT: Oops - you're faster on the draw than I am. If you have Acrobat Pro, you have no need for the abovementioned apps.
As for how to do it, I'd give you step-by-step instructions... except my version of Acrobat Pro was CS2, which I abandoned when I moved to Lion...
Jun 19th, 2012, 11:00 PM
Well, I thought I found the way to do this in Acrobat Pro but...no.
Boy, does Adobe ever hide something like that....
So, I went to
Tools > Advanced editing > Select Object Tool
That put a box around the text with the embedded links.
The do a right click with the mouse on that text box.
This brings up a drop down menu, last Item of which is properties.
Select 'properties' then select 'actions'
Select "Execute a menu item"
One gets a window with actions.
Action selected is 'Open a web link'
The link URL shows in the window, but.........
I can't edit it - the edit and delete buttons are greyed out.
Ah, just went back and the buttons are no longer greyed out...
A bit more testing - I made the mistake of selecting the link I want to edit - that was a mistake, shouldn't have selected the link in the window which seemed the logical next step.
Instead ignore what is in the window, move right down past the window with the links and click on the edit button which at this point is still clickable.
That brings up yet another small window with the link that can now be changed.
Wow, now I know why Acrobat Pro is so expensive - all that extra code someone had to write so I could go through nine steps (hope I counted right) to make a small change to the embedded link.
There has to be an easier way........