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I have a set of PDF files, and I would like to create an "intro" PDF that has a "search" button that allows users to search all of the PDF files I have.

I'm completely new to PDF, so I'm wondering - is this something that I need to buy an extra product for, or is this base Acrobat functionality?  If it's base functionality, where can I get more info on the subject?

Thanks,
Brad

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Karl Heinz Kremer earned 2000 total points
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Do you have Acrobat (the full version)? It allows you to build a "Catalog", which is basically an index. The full version of Acrobat and the free Reader (if you selected this feature at the time you downloaded it) can use this index and search over all files covered by the index. You can with a button open the search pane.

Look under the Advanced or Tools menu (depends on the version of Acrobat) for the Catalog menu item. Unfortunately Acrobat 6 made it a bit more complicated to use the index. In Acrobat 5 it was one key combination to get to the "Catalog" input screen, in Acrobat 6 you have to select the Advanced search function with the mouse, and then select the index (or select to use the currently selected index). Let me know which version of Acrobat you have, and I can give you more pointers.

BTW: This is all described in the Acrobat manual.
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I have (full) Acrobat 5.0.

I found the Catalog function, and I can probably muddle my way through that now that I know what it's called.

The other part of my question would be: How do I create the "intro/top level" document with a search "hotspot/hyperlink"?

Thanks,
Brad
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You can create a button in your top level document and assign a JavaScript to this button that executes the search button (if I remember correctly, it's in the Document menu). You can find the JavaScript documentation under the Help menu. To just execute a menu item, you don't have to know much JavaScript.
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You will find "execMenuItem" as a method in the App object.
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Hi kh,

Ok, I'm making a lot of progress for a single afternoon, but I'm still stuck at one point.

I made a document in Word, created a PDF file from it, then put links (buttons) into the document for opening other documents, and exiting.  The document is connected to the PDX file I created (if I open it in Acrobat), but I'm still having trouble getting the "search" button to open the Edit/Search/Query menu item.

In Acrobat reader I don't see the Edit/Search menu item at all.  I assume this means that the search.api add-in is not loaded.  How do I setup my "title/index page" so that it allows users with Acrobad reader to search the PDX file?

Thanks,
Brad
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P.S. Thanks for your patience!
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Hi kh,

Well, I downloaded the 6.0 full player from adobe on another machine and my file works great.

It appears that version of the reader comes with search.api installed, while the 5.0 reader I installed (I think) with Acrobat itself did not.

Anyway, it appears that I have a reader that works, and that's a good thing!

Thanks,
Brad
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