Link to PDF (not a FTP server)

When I created a link to a PDF file before, I was doing these few simple steps :

  1. right-click on the text or image where I wanted the link to be;
  2. create an action "url";
  3. type a relative path to the PDF (usually just the pdf name);
  4. insert the pdf file in the published document.

And it worked just fine. But now, for no reasons Powerpoint seems to add a "http://" in front of my link! And it's obvious that the link doesn't work, because it's not the right path.

I can't use tinyurl because our server is not a ftp one, but an internal to the organization.

I've also saw in your forums that we can now attach the file by Articulate>Attachments, so that now we don't have to manually insert it in the published document (yay!) but the link (which I know must be "data/downloads/pdfname.pdf") still doesn't work because of this "http://" that adds itself automatically.

Thanks for the support!

Genevieve

4 Replies
Brian Batt

Hi Genevieve & welcome to Heroes,

The issue that you're seeing is actually a bug in PowerPoint.  Essentially, all relative links are corrupted once you save & close PowerPoint.  There's a few workarounds mentioned here:

http://www.articulate.com/forums/articulate-presenter/15741-attachments-relative-links.html

Geneviève Jacques

Thank you very much for quick answering (and for the welcoming :P).

In fact, we can't use tinyurl since we do not have FTP server.

And our Powerpoint is already a .ppt and not a .pptx since we're still with the 2003 version (yeah big organization = not so frequent software update).

Is the only solution left is the html with javascript? Do not seem like a really efficient solution (pretty sure it works, but not efficient).

Geneviève Jacques

Ok the technical service at my job found the solution! Instead of doing :

  1. right-click on the text or image where I wanted the link to be;
  2. create an action "url";
  3. ...

We can just do :

  1. right-click on the text or image where I wanted the link to be;
  2. chose "hypertext link" on the menu;
  3. type a relative path to the PDF (usually just the pdf name);

And then it works!