PDF links does not work on the iPad

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by macaddict23, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. macaddict23 macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2006
    MacVille, USA
    When I create text and button links in Acrobat Pro CS3, they don't seem to work when viewed in the iPad. I downloaded the app GoodReader, and they still don't work. Any clues? Thanks!
  2. mlblacy macrumors 6502

    Sep 23, 2006
    the REAL Jersey Shore
    ahh... PDF links on the iPad...

    Links are fun on the iPad aren't they? Are you sure you created the links on the PDF? I usually have to go back and run another "create links from URLS" after the doc is made, even if my prefs were to embed links. (see screenshot)

    Also, the frustrating thing is that they might be "there", but there is NO indication that the links are active (unless you click on one). So, click on a link you know is there, and that worked on your original PDF.

    Lastly, although GoodReader is a pretty robust PDF viewer, it might not be handling your links too well. Have you tried one of the Adobe PDF apps?

    Hope this helps a little (even if there was little sage advice offered).
    cheers, michael

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  3. craiglud macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2006
    I am having some of the same issues however not for all links. Some of the links work just fine and other do not work at all. I tried recreating the links and optimizing the pdf again with the same results. I am not using web links but creating links from the table of contents. Anyone figure this out?
  4. ALFA.82 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011
    Use a different browser

    I am also having the same problem with documents I create in word, save as PDF then view on my iPad. The links do not work, but if I send the document as a word doc, the formatting screws up. Not a great solution, but one I have found is to download and use a different browser in your iPad. I have found Puffin to work well, although its buggy, it a work around...
  5. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    I was able to do this with documents I created for the Digital Photography forum here. I used InDesign CS3 for the documents and set the links there using a Create Hyperlinks tool that I found hidden in the interface. The links don't work when they are viewed in Safari on my iPad or Mac, but work fine when the doc is downloaded. If the file is viewed with Firefox, the viewed link is clickable. No Firefox for iPad, though.

    The link to these are in my sig if you want to take a look.


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