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.

 

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.

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