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Hyperlinks in a PDF created by InDesign

Hi all

I created a PDF from an InDesign document, and all is well except on SOME of my hyperlinks, only a few of the letters get linked. For example, if my text on the InDesign document was "www.anywhere.com", when I create the PDF, the link becomes "www.any"  I checked for invisible characters (there are none) and I redefined the link, to no avail. Anyone have any ideas?
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mileyja
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captainCommented:
Hi mileya

Does this happen regardless of what font is used?

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mileyjaAuthor Commented:
Well I originally had the font as Trebuchet MS, and I switched it to Times New Roman. No change, it still only has half the links.
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captainCommented:
I have CS2 with latest Indesign 4.05 and cannot reproduce your problem, all saves fine..

Have you tried updating:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?product=31&platform=Windows
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mileyjaAuthor Commented:
I wasn't upgraded, but I am now and I still have the problem. I've got a list of 6 links - the first two don't work, the second two do, the next two don't and the last one does. I also have one link that's within a paragraph - that one doesn't work either.
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captainCommented:
Is there any difference in the link format, ie does one start with http:// and the other doesn't any pattern that you could follow? Any other formatting similarities with ones that don't work?
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mileyjaAuthor Commented:
No, none of the links have the "http://" in their definitions in InDesign. With the links that work, it appears that Adobe adds the "http://" upon the creation of the file.
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captainCommented:
Does this mean that the links that don't work have this not added? What happens if you use the full URL incl the protocol statement?

Have a look at the Adobe resource page about creating hyperlinks:
http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/InDesign/5.0/help.html?content=WS4B8AE981-A345-4ca1-AE62-62E72A2EFB5B.html
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swabanikCommented:
Could you let me know the following:

1. Which version of indesign you're using?

If it cs2 or cs3 then do the following in each hyperlink though it's neceesary if you installed properly Indesign, and Acrobat.

1. In indesign, use hyperlink by right clicking the urls and place the complete urls. Here are the steps.
a. Select the urls
b. Right click the urls.
c. Click "Interactive"
d. Use new hyperlink. and set the field properly.

By doing this definitely, you'll get complete urls in pdf...
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mileyjaAuthor Commented:
I was using CS2, version 4.0.5

I did set up the links as mentioned by swabanik, but still was not able to get the PDF created properly. The solution to my problem, which may seem kind of stupid, was to switch from printing to a PDF, to exporting to a PDF. Without any changes, exporting grabbed all the URLS correctly.

I'm not sure if printing to the Adobe printer is supposed to grab the links, but exporting isn't a huge difference so I'll just export from now on.
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swabanikCommented:
The method to get the proper quality pdf use export command from indesign and not printing to a pdf driver which eliminate such features of pdf. If you export it to pdf you'll get all the links as well that we did actully.
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captainCommented:
Glad this worked out for you, if you look at the rest of the posted resource from Adobe, you wil find more do's and don'ts on PDF creation. It is a CS3 reource but the logic is pretty much the same as per CS2.

All the best
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