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Hi all,

In preparation for an upcoming three-year expedition around the world, I'm trying to find a simple way to create a map with words linking to files such as PDF of Word documents, on a Mac.

I tried with InDesign and Acrobat but paths are absolute instead of relative, as they should be to work on different computers;
I tried with Aperture and Maperture plugin but PDF are not showing on maps and Word documents are not even read by the application;
I tried Keynote but it does not allow links to documents, only slides or webpages.

I could create a small website but I need to zoom on places with several themes. A 3d-interactive globe in Flash would be to complex to update and handle.

Ans since it has to work offline, Google Earth and Google Maps cannot be used.

Quite a riddle!

Do you folks have any ideas?

Thank in advance,

Felix

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I'm pretty sure that if you keep the master PDF file with links in the same folder as the linked images and documents you can transport that folder form one machine to another and the links will work. I've done this at work with a basic linked index that opens individual PDF maps. Another option is to make a binder of all the linked docs so that links in the main doc take you to different pages in your binder instead of opening separate files.

Edited to add: this is in reference to using Acrobat Pro to place your links in the map, as opposed to creating a linked PDF in non Adobe software.

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If you are interested in programming, you could look into the Adobe Air platform. Supposedly, with version 2 you will be able to launch files to be opened by whatever the operating system has selected as the default program for that file. You wouldn't need anything as complex as a 3D globe, but perhaps a preloaded image of the world. Latitude and longitude could be stored simply in a comma separated file along with the document they are supposed to open...Since I don't know what this will be used for I don't know how feasible that is.

What's the reasoning behind an offline only option if you don't mind me asking?

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I'm pretty sure that if you keep the master PDF file with links in the same folder as the linked images and documents you can transport that folder form one machine to another and the links will work. I've done this at work with a basic linked index that opens individual PDF maps. Another option is to make a binder of all the linked docs so that links in the main doc take you to different pages in your binder instead of opening separate files.

Edited to add: this is in reference to using Acrobat Pro to place your links in the map, as opposed to creating a linked PDF in non Adobe software.


Thank you for your advice.
The problem with PDF is that InDesign does not support relative paths while Acrobat Pro allows them but only in a twisted way: I have to manually edit hyperlinks created in InDesign and tell them to open a file as a weblink by converting the absolute path into a relative one. It's time-consuming but it seems to be the only way.

This is where I found this method:
http://indesignsecre...opics/hyperlink

My PDF is in a folder and all associated files are in a sub-folder.

Thanks anyway David.

Cheers,
Felix

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If you are interested in programming, you could look into the Adobe Air platform. Supposedly, with version 2 you will be able to launch files to be opened by whatever the operating system has selected as the default program for that file. You wouldn't need anything as complex as a 3D globe, but perhaps a preloaded image of the world. Latitude and longitude could be stored simply in a comma separated file along with the document they are supposed to open...Since I don't know what this will be used for I don't know how feasible that is.

What's the reasoning behind an offline only option if you don't mind me asking?

Cheers,
David


Hello David,

Thank you for your time.
It has to be offline since it will be on a ship for 3 years around the globe. Satellite connexion will be expansive and only during the night to upload footages. The map will be used to locate in a geographical way hundreds of themes and issues that would be otherwise tough to organize and find. But it has to be simple to use and to update. I've never tried Adobe Air. I might give it a try but my skills are more in design and research than programming :)

Best,
Felix




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