Is it true that Acrobat 7 Pro will convert URLs in Word headers/footers to active links after a sw update?

Adobe Acrobat 7 does not convert URL links in the header or footer of Word 2003 docs. Rumor has it this is due to a Word bug. Can anyone confirm this, and is there an update (to Word or to Acrobat) that fixes the problem?
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captainConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi

not sure about MS update, I would think that if it is an issue it would be down to Adobe to fix. And as said with MS producing the updates now 'on tap' it is unlikely that you have missed this...

I have had a look around and to be honest there is much folklore about why this happens...see
http:Q_22830377.html

I am not sure whether I totally agree with my fellow expert as it works fine for me in W2k...at least for true URL links...

What does not work is if the URL is under formatted text (i.e. go to web). If this is what you experience then I don't think that this is a bug which is fixed or fixable through updates,but a limitations of word and Acrobat, sorry.

You can use the behaviour though to create the hyperlinks with true URLs or as a work around create the links by hand in Acrobat with the link tool and then use the duplicate function to place it across the document

hth
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captainCommented:
Hi

Acrobat 7.0.9 is the latest update for A7, throughout the patches many Word issues were resolved.

I run 7.0.9 on W2k and have no problems with links in H&F, but cannot vouch for W2003...

It does not harm updating anyhow:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=3566

If you have Microsoft Updates enabled Word will likely be on the latest version, I would update if not as the security updates alone make it worth it.

hth
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OIADTSAuthor Commented:
Hello, captainreiss,

Thank you for your quick reply. However, I am already running version 7.0.9. (See attached screen snap from Adobe Help / About.) Sorry; I should have mentioned that earlier.

Have you heard of any bug on Word's end, perhaps, that might have been fixed?  I have searched the support.microsoft.com site but found no hits on a litany of related search terms and phrases.
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OIADTSAuthor Commented:
Hi, captainreiss,

I, too, have seen multiple theories about why this occurs, and I have heard the tales from those who say that they are able to convert URLs in headers and footers to active links via Acrobat. However, I have not found a solution that works in my environment. I was hoping for a definitive answer, but I guess none is to be had.

For now, I've just decreased the size of my true footer and inserted an image (screen snap of the text that I wanted to put in my footer, which includes a full URL -- http://address.domain.com) at the bottom of the page.  The positioning makes it appear to a viewer that the image is part of the footer. I then used the Advance Layout options in Word 2003 to lock the document into an absolute position. Because my URL is now in the "body" of the document and not the footer, when I convert to PDF the link is active and works perfectly. However, this is not a true solution because the object only appears on the first page of my document. I can copy it to other pages, but that is inefficient for high-volume document production, which is my goal.

Well, I do appreciate your efforts on my behalf. Thank you, captain.
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OIADTSAuthor Commented:
Hello, Experts!
Is there anyone who can answer my original question -- that is, can anyone confirm whether or not MS Word 2003 has a bug that prevents Adobe Acrobat 7 Pro from converting URLs in the header or footer of a Word document into active links in the final PDF?

I do appreciate captainreiss' insights, but the captain does not run Word 2003. Surely, someone out there does. Can someone who has firsthand experience with AA7P and MSW2003 add to this discussion? I wonder if such a person can reproduce the behavior and whether he or she could provide any information on a possible fix or workaround.

For my deadline, I've already had to move on, using my own workaround. However, I would still be interested to hear from anyone who has dealt with this issue and can put the question to rest.

Thanks!
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OIADTSAuthor Commented:
Well, I have found a document that lists all of the changes in MS Office 2003 SP3, and there is no reference to bugs or fixes related to the use of PDF files.  Because the captain was able to verify that the functionality I want does work in Word 2000 and I can clearly see that it does not work in Word 2003, it seems that something has changed in Word 2003 and neither MS nor Adobe has addressed it to this point.

If anyone knows otherwise, please post a comment here. Thanks.
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