The August 2011 Cites & Insights adds hyperlinks, for the first time.
And I’ve already been told by a reader that they don’t work.
That’s true, in one area: Hyperlinks in the PDF version of Cites & Insights do not work at this point. That’s a weakness in both Acrobat 9 as a PDF printer and in Office2010′s “Save as PDF” function: Neither one turns Word hyperlinks into PDF hyperlinks.
“So what’s the problem? Just use the PDF tab on the menu bar instead.”
Sure…except that Acrobat 9 will not install an operational PDF tab in the Word2010 menu bar.
I suspect that Acrobat X will do so.
But, of course, that requires upgrading to Acrobat X, which takes money.
Revenue received from Cites & Insights: $0, for all intents and purposes.
So, y’know, just not gonna happen at this point: since I don’t need hyperlinks in other PDF situations, there’s no justification for me spending a couple hundred bucks of my own money.
The hyperlinks do work in the HTML versions of the essays. I’ve tried them.
“Well, then, you should be maintaining two entirely separate versions of C&I: One with hyperlinks for HTML, one with plain-text URLs and without annoying blue underlines for PDF.”
Not. Going. To. Happen. I can’t justify the effort at this point, given the diminished reception and importance of C&I in the community.
One solution: Drop the hyperlinks altogether. If there’s enough uproar, I’ll do that. Maybe adding them was a bad idea…
If I’ve missed something–if there’s a handy-dandy trick for printing to PDF, or Saving as PDF, that maintains hyperlinks–I’d be delighted to hear it. If it involves upgrading Acrobat, I’d be less delighted.