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Using Adobe's PDF Open Parameters Properly Within A URL or XML Link

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I have an RSS feed (xml file) that goes to a PDF of a magazine. I would like individual links to go to respective pages of the pdf for certain articles, and I am trying to use Adobe's PDF Open Parameters to do this.

http://partners.adobe.com/public/developer/en/acrobat/PDFOpenParameters.pdf

Bascially, I want each link to go to open the PDF, go to a certain page, and set the Zoom to 75%. Unfortunately, I am getting sporadic and inconsistent results regardless of whether I type the URL directly into the Browser (IE 6) or as an HTML link.

http://www.example.org/sample.pdf#page=3

Will sometimes work. Even if I clear the cache, cookies, files, etc., though, sometimes it will just open to page 1.

I was trying to add the zoom, too, which works sporadically.

http://www.example.org/sample.pdf#page=3&zoom=75

Can anyone help explain how to get consistent results, if possible?

Thanks in advance.
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http://www.oreillynet.com/xml/blog/2004/10/linking_to_specific_pages_of_a.html

and click on the related link to see how...

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Thanks, but I already have that part, its the CONSISTENT element that I need. Case in point, the author of the article you sited says right there in his article;

<<To be honest, my attempts to go to page 100 of the energy policy document went to page 1, but Udell’s link to page 6 of the “PDF Open Parameters” document (as demonstrated by the link in this paragraph) sent my browser there with no problem.>>

He did not get consistent results either!
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ok - im sorry but this was the only example i found.

i will keep looking...

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also have you considered that it might not be 100% possible in terms of consistency?
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*Sigh* yes. Let me check out that last link you posted.
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why are you sighing?
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well, I need to deliver a consistent product. In this case, I need the results to be consistent. I am sighing because after my own extensive web search, I can't find anything that tells me this is possible. If you yourself are looking and don't know the definitive answer, its not very encouraging.
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ok, i now understand.  yes i have been looking around, but still nothing other than what ive already found!

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Because I didn't find the answer conclusive and indicative of an expert's knowledge; it was a less a conclusion than a guess as neither of us were able to find the information online or attract the attention of someone who did know. To whit, neither of us really know if the answer I accepted is in fact, right or wrong. Moreover, I just felt it was time to close the topic and that giving it a higher grade wasn't appropriate and might mislead someone else or persuade them not to delve deeper than we were able to.
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