Adding Hyperlinks in Application Documents
In a word, don’t add links to views, pages, sections, etc. in an
application document such as Adobe InDesign. When you create
links and bookmarks in Adobe InDesign and export to PDF, the links
are made to Named Destinations.
Destinations add a lot of overhead to your ﬁle size. When possible,
try to avoid creating Named Destinations in your PDF ﬁles.
Designing for RFFR
Run Form Field Recognition works best on forms
that have lines identifying ﬁeld locations. If you
create form designs in programs that support
layers and your ﬁeld objects are rectangles, ﬁlled
boxes with colors or gradients, or other complex
design elements, using RFFR won’t properly
create the ﬁeld objects.
To over come the problem, do the following:
Create a temporary layer in your form design (remember you
need to be working in a program that supports layers and
exporting to PDF with Adobe PDF Layers.
Copy the field objects to a temporary layer. If you use boxes
for the final design, press the Option/Alt key and drag
selected objects in the layers panel to the temporary layer.
In InDesign or Adobe Illustrator, delete the top, left, and right
side of the boxes leaving the bottom line on each box.
Export to PDF with Adobe PDF Layers.
Open the Layers panel and select
the temporary layer.
Choose Forms | Run Form Field
Hide the temporary layer.
In the Layers panel open the Options
menu and choose Flatten Layers.
Likewise, don’t create links
for URLs and email addresses.
Acrobat viewers 7 and above
are intelligent and automati-
cally recognize URL and email
text without creating links.
Like Destinations, adding
links increase your ﬁle size.
To duplicate selected objects on a
layer, open the Layers panel and notice
the small rectangle appearng aside the
Layer name. Press Option/Alt and drag
the rectangle to a new layer to
duplicate the selected items.