Choosing between relative and absolute paths for hyperlinks

Applies to:

  • All versions of Revu

Revu allows you to create links in PDFs that point to external files. Links may be created with the Hyperlink (Tools > Hyperlink ), Bookmark and Action (right-click > Edit Action) tools. Once you have selected one of these tools, you can link to the file location in two different ways: the full path or the relative path. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. In short:

A full path saves the entire path leading from the root directory all the way down to the file. A full path looks something like:

C:\Projects\Baker Project\Floorplan.pdf

This type of path is useful for files that will only be accessed from their original location, such as a local file or a file on a shared network drive.

A relative path saves only a portion of the full path. For example, the previous example’s relative path would be:

\Baker Project\Floorplan.pdf

Notice that the C: drive as well as the Projects folder are omitted from the path. This allows the link to work in any location (including a different computer), as long as the files being linked are moved together, and maintain the same position in the folder structure relative to each other.

For a full explanation of this topic, please read Understanding relative vs. full paths.

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