How to Add Retweet Buttons in Your PDF Documents

Yes, Twitter is hot.  Have you noticed this growing trend: retweet buttons showing up on websites everywhere?

Did you know you can add retweet buttons inside your PDF files?  The benefit: readers can effortlessly share your great work with their Twitter followers—just by clicking a button in your PDF file.

Below I lay out how to do this in six simple steps.  By the way, if you like this article, please click the retweet button you see above.

How it Works

If you have white papers, ebooks or reports, then you’ll want to add embedded retweet buttons inside your PDF files.  As readers discover your valuable PDF document, they simply click a retweet button within the PDF file.  The result: a message is sent to their Twitter followers pointing them to your document (can you say viral marketing?).

The retweet button allows any reader to easily post a tweet into his or her Twitter account.  And it’s not just any tweet, but one that’s prefabricated by you and links back to the original landing page where your document resides.

Here’s an example:

Note that I precrafted the above tweet.  The only steps readers need to take are clicking the retweet button in the PDF file and then clicking the update button in Twitter (see above image).  If a reader is not logged into Twitter, it still works.  The reader simply is prompted to login and then your tweet is populated into the “What are you doing” field as shown above.

Why You Should Create Retweet Buttons in PDF Files

Because of their portable nature, PDFs are often downloaded to readers’ desktops. In addition, PDF files can be easily emailed to people, or posted in forums or on other websites.

Because a PDF file can float around, the promotional options typically found on your landing page (like a retweet button) are not available to someone who only has the file.  So it’s important to provide your readers a simple way to share your great document with their fans. And that’s precisely where the PDF retweet button comes in handy.

A few benefits of having a retweet button in your PDF file include:

  • Empowers readers to easily share your PDF with their fans
  • Allows readers to show their appreciation of your work by simply clicking a button
  • Provides steady streams of traffic to your PDF file (because as people discover the file, they will retweet it if they like the content)
  • Allows you to know precisely who is sharing your document (for marketing engagement)

And I’m sure there are tons of other benefits.

6 Steps to Creating a Retweet Button in Your PDF File

Step 1: Create a Retweet Graphic and Put it in Your Document

You will need to create a little graphic you can place in your original document.  If you have access to a designer, you’ll want to create something really simple that says “Retweet this.”  I might suggest you place a blue bird on the graphic to give a visual signal to Twitter users.

Or, you can just swipe the one my designer created (see below):

You’ll need to place this image in your original source file.  So if you’ve created your document in Microsoft Word, you’ll want to pick some strategic locations to place the image.  I suggest placing the retweet image in more than one location.

In my Social Media Marketing Industry Report, I placed the retweet image in three locations: pages 2, 5 and 25.

Step 2: Create a Tracking URL That Links to the Document Landing Page

You need a permanent home for your PDF file—one where Twitter fans can go to locate the document.  For example, http://www.whitepapersource.com/socialmediamarketing/report/ is the resting place for my Social Media Marketing Industry Report.

I recommend it be a landing page that links to the actual PDF file, NOT a link that sends people directly to the PDF file.  A real landing page (like the link you see above) provides you the benefit of explaining what the document is all about.  In addition, you can add videos, comments and other features to that landing page which will encourage people to engage.

So once you have the actual URL for the landing page, the next step is to use a URL shortener.  These services will take your long URL and create a short one.  Look for one that also does marketing tracking.

Two I suggest are http://bit.ly and http://cli.gs.  I am a fan of bit.ly because it provides real-time click data, is able to tell what parts of the world people are clicking from and also tracks social media conversations tied to your bit.ly URL (see image below).

This image shows some of the intelligence bit.ly provides based on click-through data.

Step 3: Write Your Tweet

Now that you have a shortened tracking URL, go ahead and craft a compelling tweet for your PDF document.  Here are a few tips:

  • Keep it simple. Try to keep the total length to 120 characters or fewer (ideally 100).  This allows Twitter folks to add comments or content to the tweet.
  • Consider using a hashtag for tracking purposes.  You can simply go to http://search.twitter.com and search for “#yourtag” (where you replace ‘yourtag’ with a series of unique letters).  For example, we used “#smreport” for the Social Media Marketing Industry Report.  This allowed us to easily track the number of retweets by simply searching Twitter with the hashtag.
  • Use your Twitter ID: If you want to grow your following, consider using your Twitter ID in your tweet.  I used @Mike_Stelzner in my example, to help grow a following.  A few conventions here include adding ‘via @YourName’ to the end of the tweet or ‘RT: @YourName’ to the front of the tweet.

Step 4: Create the PDF File

You should now have your retweet graphic in a few key locations inside your PDF file.  Go ahead and generate the PDF file.  If you use a PC and do not have the ability to make PDF files, you can go here to learn how to do that: https://createpdf.adobe.com/.

If you are on a Mac, all you need to do is select the PDF option in the print menu (see image below).

Step 5: Create the Special URL

So here’s where the magic comes in.  It’s really very straightforward.  You’ll need to create a special URL that will tell Twitter everything it needs to know to make this all work.

Part one: Copy this text: http://twitter.com/?status=

Part two: Add your tweet from Step 3 above.  For example: http://twitter.com/?status=RT: @mike_stelzner Social Media Marketing Industry Report (Free, must read) http://cli.gs/QYEpY2 #smreport.

http://twitter.com/?status=RT: @mike_stelzner Social Media Marketing Industry Report %28Free, must read%29 http://cli.gs/QYEpY2 %23smreport

A note about hashtags.  If you have a hashtag (the # symbol) in your tweet, you need to replace it with the following text: %23.  For example, #mydoc becomes %23mydoc in your special URL.  Note that I have seen some situations where # works and others where it does not, so play it safe.

Now test the link.  If you paste it into your browser, it should show up in your Twitter status window.  Make sure your hashtag is showing up.

Step 6: Hotlink the Retweet Graphic Inside Your PDF File

This next step is going to require Adobe Acrobat Pro.  If you do not have Acrobat Pro, try to find someone who does.  Acrobat Pro will allow you to create hotlinks inside your PDF file.

In Acrobat, locate the retweet buttons you added into your file and simply create a clickable link for each retweet graphic.   Use the special URL you created in Step 5 above.

Here’s what you need to do.  When in Acrobat Professional, you want to use the Link Tool.  In Acrobat Professional 8, this is found under the Tools menu and then under the Advanced Editing submenu.

Once you have selected the Link Tool, you can simply take your mouse and drag a rectangle over the retweet graphic.  Up will pop a box called ‘Create Link’ (see below).  You want to keep the link type invisible, highlight style to ‘None’ and select ‘Open a web page’ as the link action.

Then hit the ‘Next’ button.  You’ll be prompted to enter your special URL.  Just paste it in.

Now repeat the process for all the retweet buttons you have in your PDF file.  Save it and you’re done.  Your last step is to get the file up on your landing page.

Now you can sit back and watch the magic happen as people retweet your PDF document.  I like creating a saved search query in my Twitter profile so I can see with a single click how often the document is retweeted.

So what do you think? Is this something that could benefit your business?  Let me know your experience.

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  • http://www.webuildyourblog.com/ Andrew Rondeau

    WOW! I never thought of doing that. That’s brill.

    I’m in the process of updated one of my free giveaways and will certainly include the Retweet button.

    Thank YOU!

    Andrew

  • http://twitter.com/YuraF Yura Filimonov

    Cli.gs does have tracking and analytics (real time, as far as I remember), including tracking of retweets (so you can track how much times your page has been retweeted using the cli.gs URL, mentioned in blogs and linked to).

    Also, links can be made with OpenOffice, which is free (can easily export to PDFs there, too, but OO doesn’t eat MS Office doc formatting well, must tailor it to OO first).

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Thanks Andrew!

  • http://marismith.com Mari Smith

    Good stuff, Mike!! :)

    @Yura — bit.ly is the best link shortener, so say the analysts! :) cli.gs does a good job too and there are several others that track stats, but apparently bit.ly has the best open rate. Oh, su.pr (StumbleUpon’s link shortener) gets good reviews too. If you’re into the data, here’s a big analysis: http://searchengineland.com/analysis-which-url-shortening-service-should-you-use-17204

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Thanks for your input there Mari :)

  • http://NaomiTrower.com Naomi Trower

    Ohh Mike! This is excellent stuff! I’m more than 1/2 way through with my ebook and this is exactly what I need to add to my landing page. Thanks for the valuable resource here. :)

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Naomi – And you need to add it to your ebook :) – Mike

  • http://www.denisewakeman.com DeniseWakeman

    Fantastic how-to article, Mike. I can’t think of a reason for anyone NOT to include retweets in ebooks, reports and white papers. Thanks for the step by step details.

  • http://NaomiTrower.com Naomi Trower

    So I’m thinking out loud here..I add it to my ebook and my landing page but the link directs them to the landing page?

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Naomi;

    They are different.

    On your landing page, you want to add something like TweetMeme (see this article: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/6-blog-add-ons-that-spur-social-media-activity/ )

    Within your PDF file you want to add what I talk about in this post. When folks retweet what is in the PDF file it will drive their fans right to your landing page. Make sense?

    Mike

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Thanks Denise! I know I have a LOT of white papers I need to go back add this to.

  • http://twitter.com/JackieTEwing Jackie Thorpe Ewing

    What a great idea! Shall have to incorporate it into some things I’m working on. Thanks for the step-by-step instructions, so necessary for me:)

  • http://www.StrategicMarketingWebsites.com/ Gogo | Denver Business Coach

    Michael,

    Great, great stuff here! Thanks a bunch.

  • http://twitter.com/KatieDarden Katie Darden

    Great stuff here – I can see lots of applications! Thanks for the well written post and clever idea! Oh, and the graphic, too of course!

  • http://NaomiTrower.com Naomi Trower

    Oh I gotcha! Thanks for the clarification Mike. :)

  • http://NaomiTrower.com Naomi Trower

    Just realized that I should be replying here to make full use of Disqus functionality! LOL

  • http://thewebcoach.net Donna Payne, The Web Coach

    OMG! duh! why didn’t I think of that sooner? Perfect for my QuickStart Website Workbook (of which, YOU are mentioned inside) – You Rock! @thewebcoach

  • Anonymous

    This is one of the most useful posts ever, Mike. Really appreciate it.

  • http://www.reportcontentwriter.com/ Rachel Agheyisi

    Great actionable info. Thanks, Mike!

  • http://www.skylinecoachingblog.com Nickolove Lovemore

    This is so cool and so clever! Thank you for explaining how to do this and thank you for sharing your retweet button. I’ve tested it successfully and now I can wait to try it out for real.

  • Anonymous

    So many possibilities. I am just finishing the third issue of my online magazine which I am going to publish through Issuu.com. I will definitely try this. (I can’t wait)

  • http://EmploymentDigest.net/ BillVick

    Excellent article Mike and I particularly liked the step by step instructions. On the Mac, you can get hot or live URL links by using the iWork Mac application, Pages, and saving to a PDF file if you’re running under Snow Leopard.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Thanks for the tip Bill!

  • Anonymous

    Oh yeh! Great stuff Mike. Thank you, thank you!

  • http://www.heartspoken.com/ Elizabeth H. Cottrell

    This information alone was worth the price of my platinum membership. Thank you so much, Mike!

  • http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/ Maureen

    The code in my blog is xml. I’m trying to figure out how to use the tweetmeme template (tweetmeme.com/about/plugins/blogger_template) to insert the Retweet button at the footer of each post. That seems to use html. Any solution? If yes, can you direct via twitter?

  • http://twitter.com/LynnHarrisberg Lynn Harrisberger

    This ROCKS! Provides yet another way to keep everytning in continual motion! I agree with @MariSmith about Bit.ly – provides rockin’ stats!

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Not sure what you mean by platinum membership?

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Hey Maureen – This article has nothing to do with Tweetmeme. You can go here to find the right plugin for your blog: http://tweetmeme.com/about/plugins

    If you have problems, they have support forums and FAQs here: http://help.tweetmeme.com/faqs/

  • http://www.targetstarsblog.com latoshajohnson

    Thank you for this post! Can’t wait to get started in adding this button to my PDFs ( I am also am a huge fan of bit.ly!). I really do enjoy this blog and thanks for the great information!

  • http://www.AllStagesMarketing.com All Stages Marketing

    Thanks so much for sharing this great idea and simple How To steps! I will tweet this article link and start adding in my retweet buttons asap! Again, thanks for bringing another great idea for spreading social media marketing!

  • Anonymous

    I got all the way to the section on needing Acrobat Pro…bummer, don’t know anyone who has it! I’d better make some new friends fast! Thanks, I’ve bookmarked this great post. As a virtual assistant, as I often work on editing client e-books.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Just send out a tweet and perhaps you’ll find someone who can help you out :)

  • Anonymous

    What a gift, Michael – your expertise and the good heart that goes with it is much appreciated!

  • http://www.kchams.net/ Bill Kirkpatrick

    Great article. I can’t wait to try this out!

    For those of us without access to Adobe Acrobat Pro, I found this page that shows how to create a hotlinked PDF in OpenOffice:
    http://opennotes.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/creating-a-hotlinked-pdf-file-in-ooo-writer/

    I haven’t tried it yet, but will over the weekend.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Great find Bill!

  • http://twitter.com/Salesologist Steve Cadley

    You did it again. Great information for the leveraging the “Social Media Sales Construct” as I call it. RTing from inside a PDF. Outstanding.

    Steve “Salesologist” Cadley

  • http://www.beasocialnetworker.cm Stefanie Blackburn

    Thanks for sharing. This is a great post laid out nicely on how to add the retweet to a pdf file.

  • http://www.affirmingspirit.com/blog AffirmingSpirit

    Very cool! I’ve been using Acrobat since it was an internal beta (pre-release) at Adobe. Love this idea!

    Many blessings,
    Nancy

  • http://elainefogel.net Elaine Fogel

    Thanks, Michael. This is incredibly useful info. Much appreciated. Just signed up to receive your articles, too!
    BTW, love the Web design and characters. :)

  • Whimsical

    Fantastic information, I often use pdf’s for various reasons and never in a million years would it have occured to me to do this

  • http://www.heartspoken.com/ Elizabeth H. Cottrell

    I was having a senior moment and thinking I was on the ISMA site instead of this one. I apologize profusely. The content you’re providing in the Social Examiner FOR FREE is astounding!

  • http://twitter.com/mariansparks marian sparks!

    Janine, If you’re using Microsoft Word 2007, you can get same effect in Step 6 without Adobe Acrobat Pro. [Just did tested this]. MS Word 2007 allows you to save a document as a PDF or XPS file. Go to File->Save As->PDF or XPS. If option not available, you’ll need to install the add-in from the Microsoft site (http://bit.ly/3qZnLC).

    To create the hot link (i.e. hyperlink)…you do what you would normally do when you hyperlink text within MS Word.

    @Mike – Thanks for the information and step by step instructions plus visuals! I just tested this in a mockup word doc converted to PDF. I plan to insert retweet PDFs into action guides that I give out in advance of my teleseminars. And you made it even easier to execute by sharing your twitter graphic!

    YOU’RE FANTASTIC!

  • Elizabeth

    You can create PDFs from documents on Windows with PDFCreater available as a free download on SourceForge.

    This is a free application, with no limitations – not even those revolting nag banners. On the other hand, if you use Open Office (another free download if you have fast broadband), you can create PDFs from there too.

    You are not merely limited to paying an expensive license from Adobe ;)

  • http://www.SayItWithEcards.com/ Roz Fruchtman

    This is fantastic… I see the RT button all over, but never figured out how to do it before… THANK YOU!!!

    Roz Fruchtman
    @SayItWithEcards

  • http://www.SayItWithEcards.com/ Roz Fruchtman

    I read the instructions. I have an ancient version of Acrobat (like ver 4), I am assuming I can do this in there, if not I’ll look for an Open Source program as suggested within the comment area.

    Thanks again.

    Roz Fruchtman
    @SayItWithEcards

  • http://www.surefireOnlinebusiness.com/ Brian

    Thanks. Great information. Very creative use of pdfs. Never thought of something like this before. Keep the great tips coming while I sign up for your rss feed!!

  • http://ACBSuccess.com LifeTrax

    Wow what a phenominal post. I had the idea to do this, and didn’t know if or how it was done. Simply followed your instructions and it works PERFECT! Thanks SOOO much.

    I’ll be looking for the way to update facebook status the same way. I know you can link twitter and facebook, but wanted to see if it was independently possible.

  • http://ACBSuccess.com LifeTrax

    Wow what a phenominal post. I had the idea to do this, and didn’t know if or how it was done. Simply followed your instructions and it works PERFECT! Thanks SOOO much.

    I’ll be looking for the way to update facebook status the same way. I know you can link twitter and facebook, but wanted to see if it was independently possible.

  • http://ACBSuccess.com LifeTrax

    Wow what a phenominal post. I had the idea to do this, and didn’t know if or how it was done. Simply followed your instructions and it works PERFECT! Thanks SOOO much.

    I’ll be looking for the way to update facebook status the same way. I know you can link twitter and facebook, but wanted to see if it was independently possible.

  • http://www.paragonmag.com/ Rob

    Do you have instructions on how to do the same thing, but for Facebook? Myspace? Would love to be able to link my PDF music magazine to all those sites so people can easily share articles they enjoyed and tell more people about them. We focus more heavily on FB and MS, but I do use Twitter myself. Would like to use all 3 in our PDFs, if you could tell me how.

  • http://www.paragonmag.com/ Rob

    Do you have instructions on how to do the same thing, but for Facebook? Myspace? Would love to be able to link my PDF music magazine to all those sites so people can easily share articles they enjoyed and tell more people about them. We focus more heavily on FB and MS, but I do use Twitter myself. Would like to use all 3 in our PDFs, if you could tell me how.

  • http://www.paragonmag.com/ Rob

    Do you have instructions on how to do the same thing, but for Facebook? Myspace? Would love to be able to link my PDF music magazine to all those sites so people can easily share articles they enjoyed and tell more people about them. We focus more heavily on FB and MS, but I do use Twitter myself. Would like to use all 3 in our PDFs, if you could tell me how.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Neither of those networks have opened up their APIs to allow that to happen yet Rob.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Neither of those networks have opened up their APIs to allow that to happen yet Rob.

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com Michael A. Stelzner

    Neither of those networks have opened up their APIs to allow that to happen yet Rob.

  • http://onlinebusinesstransformations.com Melinda Janicki

    Awesome tip and great detailed tutorial – thanks SO much!

  • Guest

    Excellent Tip Mike!

    I authored a somewhat similar piece on How to add Audio and Video to a PDF document and like you, I’m also a big Bit.ly fan, I routinely check my Bit.ly click counts and overlay them when I boot up a Google Analytic session. Its interesting to see how many people visit my Social Media Marketing Plus Blog by searching Google for the phrase “add video to a PDF”.

    I just recently came to know of your weblog. Denise @BlogSquad Tweeted about your stuff. It was the “White Paper” heading that caught my eye, so I clicked on thru, opted-in on your Aweber feeds and look forward to reading more SM Examiner nuggets.

  • http://www.pamperrypr.com/ Pam Perry

    You make it easy. Thanks. I love this. What will you think of next we can add? How about a Starbucks to every pdf?

    Cool.Let me know. Would save me from leaving the house so much.

  • http://www.globalcopywriting.com/ globalcopywrite

    Hi Mike,

    Thanks for this. I love a post that gives me a new idea AND tells me how to implement it. I’m going to put this one in action. How did I miss it when it originally went out in November?

  • http://www.slidecoaching.com/ Alessandra Cimatti

    You can add a hyperlink behind an image in Microsoft Word too. I pasted your “retweet this” button in the document, right mouse click over it, add hyperlink and insert the twitter link (see below). Seems to work!
    http://twitter.com/home/?status=RT:+@slidecoach+Eight+Secrets+for+Impeccable+Presentations+(Free,+must+read)+http://bit.ly/a8u67p+%23PPT

  • http://www.getpushing.com/ Samantha Scott

    I’ve tried following your instructions to do this, but it’s not working. See what I came up with below. Any recommendations?

    http://twitter.com/home/?status=RT:+@GetPushing+Keeping+Good+Media+Contacts+(Free,+Must+Read)+http://bit.ly/5hky5Y+%23SM+%23PR

  • http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/ Michael A. Stelzner
  • http://www.getpushing.com/ Samantha Scott

    Success! Thanks!

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  • http://asheraw.com/ Asher Aw

    This is a great idea – thanks for sharing this. I love how simple this is, I think it’ll fit perfectly if anyone has a habit of giving away ebooks and reports in their blog. Great viral strategy. I’ll definitely keep this trick =)

  • http://jennifervalerie.com/ Fruitfulvine2

    Excellent tutorial. I was able to follow step by step. It’s now in the document I plan to launch next week. Thanks to rodkirby.com for sharing the link in his article.

  • http://www.plpdf.com lokodi

    Mike,
    It’s a great post and useful, but my idea has a restriction: added button does not disturb the original content. I created a simple example with your PDF wich is containts “closable button” solution, please try our PDF, see: plpdf.com/oc and “SocialMediaMarketingIndustryReport 2 twitter” link
    Regards,
    LL

  • http://www.simplicityadmins.com/ Sarah Santacroce

    Thanks a lot, Mike. Was just reading your report and thought: how did he add that retweet button? Googled it and stumbled upon your blog post ! Awesome, thanks a lot! Don’t have Acrobat Pro but hope to find someone who has it…

  • http://twitter.com/CorinaWentzel Corina Wentzel

    I’m having issues when I add a ? in my tweet any ideas?

  • http://www.joshcearbaugh.com Josh Cearbaugh

    Very useful post… thanks for the tips.

    For adding a link to the PDF report I use http://www.pdfescape.com . It’s been a life saver!

  • http://www.productivesuperdad.com/ Timo Kiander

    Hi Michael!

    Great stuff … I wasn’t sure if this is possible, but it seems that Twitter integration is possible :)

    What about Facebook Like button, do you know if it can be integrated to a PDF report?

  • http://bahainmoscow.blogspot.com/ Anton

    Hi, How is about cyrillic languages? When testing my link I get error > Invalid Unicode value in one or more parameters. What to do?

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  • http://davelucasmobile.wordpress.com/ DaveLucasNotes

     Thank you so much! I’m working on an eBook and need all the help I can get!

  • hannatakala

    Is it just me, or have these Retweet buttons stopped working? I was just about to tell my clients to do this in their PDFs, but low and behold the buttons won’t work.

    If I click the button in 2011 Social Media Marketing Industry Report, I only get taken to Twitter, the url clearly states the prewritten tweet, but the field is empty and there is nothing to tweet. I did try with buttons by others as well. Anyone else having this problem?

  • Dre

    I have the problem if I’m not signed into Twitter. The link will direct me to log in, but there is no pre-populated tweet that I coded. However, it DOES work if I already have Twitter open.

    Hmmm…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nigel-Kay/90410118 Nigel Kay

    Thanks a lot for this awesome guide!  Is there any way to do this with LinkedIn Share?

  • Dre

    Figured it out. Problem is the code talked about in this blog is for the old twitter. New twitter has different code. Use http://twitter.com/intent/tweet?status=

    This will pre-populate the tweet if you are already signed in, or will prompt you to sign in, then pre-populate the tweet. You’re welcome :)

  • http://www.YourDigitalSalesman.com Clif Bridegum

    This is FANTASTIC!  I will definitely be including this in all of our my future eBooks.

    Is there a way to include a retweet for Facebook?

  • Sandra Glahn

    Thank you for sharing your expertise. Great stuff.

  • BMcGlothlin

    Hi Michael…I’m trying this, but only half of my tweet shows up when I try pasting it into my browser. Any ideas why? Am I missing something?

  • BMcGlothlin

    Shoot. I figured out my question above and went through all of the steps and got it right…only to learn that I can’t finish because I don’t have Adobe Pro. Is there another way to finish up without it?

  • http://www.yourdigitalsalesman.com Clif Bridegum

    What are you using the Adobe Pro for?  Is this to make your final document into a PDF?  If so, you may be able to use OpenOffice as it can export a document directly to PDF and preserve the links.

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  • S-lp

    Late coming in here I know, but what a great, helpful article! I have gone through everything and made it all work UNTIL I get to inputting my URL into the link box in my pdf program (not adobe, but it looks exactly alike) and then it tells me that the URL I have entered is not valid and I can’t get any farther. I have checked the link works fine in the browser, but can’t make the image a link cause of this… any ideas for a late comer?

    Thanks!

  • S-lp

    Late coming in here I know, but what a great, helpful article! I have gone through everything and made it all work UNTIL I get to inputting my URL into the link box in my pdf program (not adobe, but it looks exactly alike) and then it tells me that the URL I have entered is not valid and I can’t get any farther. I have checked the link works fine in the browser, but can’t make the image a link cause of this… any ideas for a late comer?

    Thanks!

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  • http://twitter.com/BambooSpiritMA Brian Johns

    Great post. I’d like to add a Facebook “Like” button on PDF documents that will take folks to my martial arts fan page. How can this be done?

  • http://twitter.com/EmileWendling Émile E Wendling

    Michael
    Great article thanks for sharing. 

    However, a new question/challenge?

    Can the same be done with the LinkedIn Share button? I know it runs on JS, and Adobe Acrobat can run JS scripts when creating a link. I have tried adding the LinkedIn generated script, but I get an error message.

    Any experience with this?

    Cheers
    E’

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    Having the same issue. Anyone know how to fix this, please? We’re using InDesign…

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  • William O’Neal

    Thanx!

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  • Tara

    BRILLIANT!!!! Thank you sooooooo much for sharing!!!! This was easy to follow and implement and I LOVE THAT!!!!! You are brilliant!!! Thank you for who YOU ARE!

  • Jesse Krieger

    Super helpful post, thanks! Previously I would just put a bit.ly link in the footer of sample chapter pages, but having a hot-linked graphic that just requires one click is way more streamlined (and I’m sure converts way better) – Thanks!

  • http://writingaproposal.net/ Pamela Hacks

    This post is still so useful. I just came across a PDF with Tweet this links and was wondering how the author did it. Your article showed up first for my search. Thank you!







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