Converting To PDF Question...

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Hey Guys

Ok so I finished writing my new product, which is an eBook - and I've successfully managed to convert to a PDF after having link issues (my links would work in microsoft works, then wouldn't work when converted to PDF)...

Well I fixed THAT - but now, I'm trying to add TWO attachments to my eBook because these two bonus (mini) eBooks were a part of the buying process incentive offer and whatnot.

I can't figure out how to attach them and it's irking me lol

I'm using Adobe Acrobat 7 on a PC, and the only thing I have left to finish this is to attach my two bonus contents, and I'd also like to create bookmarks (bookmark each chapter for easy navigation)

I haven't even gotten to the bookmarking yet because I'm trying to figure out how best to include my bonus content within the same 'package' so to say...

Any suggestions or helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!

Anyone willing to talk/walk me through this process through Skype would be HUGELY appreciated haha, so lemme know

Thanks a lot... I'd get nowhere without the help of the WF and all you super awesome ppl! :rolleyes:
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  • Profile picture of the author Tobarja
    What I have seen is a zip file with the main files at the top level and a subfolder named Bonuses with the rest of the files.

    Just an idea.
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    • Originally Posted by Tobarja View Post

      What I have seen is a zip file with the main files at the top level and a subfolder named Bonuses with the rest of the files.

      Just an idea.
      Yea this is exactly what I would do. Create one main folder and then in it place all your products, ebooks etc. Then zip it and offer that zip file as your download.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Cutts
    Yep just put them in a folder and zip it up.

    Its the way I do it and I think most of the people I have dealt with in the past do it the same way :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author Mike Hill
    Don't link them... Put them in a zip file... Just create a folder and put all of your PDF files in it. Then download and install 7Zip (it's free) Zip the folder and you're good to go!
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    The posts above this one have got your bonus issue covered. In the future though, go dowload Open Office and use their word processing program, "Writer." It's really easy to turn docs into PDFs and you don't need Adobe.
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    • Profile picture of the author ashloren
      Open Office is great for downloading your documents as PDF files, as someone already mentioned...

      Another option is Google Docs, which also allows you to export a document as a PDF.

      Both solutions also make it pretty easy to create clickable bookmarks/headings within your document. Just highlight the text you want to use as the chapter title, then click on the "Insert" menu and choose "Bookmark" from the drop down.

      Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author tomcam
    The other posts have covered it, but a few bits of hard-won advice. First, with all due respect to Ashly, I have not found Google Docs to be useful for documents more than about 3 printed pages. Just too buggy. The PDF output is excellent, though, and I often use Google Docs to do press releases.

    As a former Microsoftie I hate saying this, but Microsoft products sometimes do a poor job with PDFs. Word 2010 seems great for it, but I'm nervous nonetheless. I use LibreOffice (successor to OpenOffice), which is free. It isn't nearly as polished as Microsoft Word, but it is certainly up to the job of creating full ebooks. One thing I like about LibreOffice is that its PDF file sizes are quite small.
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    • Profile picture of the author JackMelbourne
      Originally Posted by tomcam View Post

      The other posts have covered it, but a few bits of hard-won advice. First, with all due respect to Ashly, I have not found Google Docs to be useful for documents more than about 3 printed pages. Just too buggy. The PDF output is excellent, though, and I often use Google Docs to do press releases.

      As a former Microsoftie I hate saying this, but Microsoft products sometimes do a poor job with PDFs. Word 2010 seems great for it, but I'm nervous nonetheless. I use LibreOffice (successor to OpenOffice), which is free. It isn't nearly as polished as Microsoft Word, but it is certainly up to the job of creating full ebooks. One thing I like about LibreOffice is that its PDF file sizes are quite small.


      i totally agree, Google Docs - while it seems useful for smaller applications its not the best solution. You might want to look into getting it set out properly in InDesign for more of a professional finish without any formatting or link issues.


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  • Profile picture of the author Anton Nadilo
    Yes...create a zip file.
    1. Create a folder and put all of your PDF files into the one folder.
    2. Download and Install a free zipping software like 7Zip (free)
    3. Zip the folder and bing, bang, boom your'e ready to make some money!

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  • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
    Originally Posted by Brekat23 View Post

    Hey Guys

    Ok so I finished writing my new product, which is an eBook - and I've successfully managed to convert to a PDF after having link issues (my links would work in microsoft works, then wouldn't work when converted to PDF)...

    Well I fixed THAT - but now, I'm trying to add TWO attachments to my eBook because these two bonus (mini) eBooks were a part of the buying process incentive offer and whatnot.

    I can't figure out how to attach them and it's irking me lol

    I'm using Adobe Acrobat 7 on a PC, and the only thing I have left to finish this is to attach my two bonus contents, and I'd also like to create bookmarks (bookmark each chapter for easy navigation)

    I haven't even gotten to the bookmarking yet because I'm trying to figure out how best to include my bonus content within the same 'package' so to say...

    Any suggestions or helpful advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Anyone willing to talk/walk me through this process through Skype would be HUGELY appreciated haha, so lemme know

    Thanks a lot... I'd get nowhere without the help of the WF and all you super awesome ppl! :rolleyes:
    To reiterate for the eighteenth time, zip them up! That way you don't have to worry about your link being compromised and it ripped.
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  • Profile picture of the author JimWaller
    If you don't mind the load on your hosting, you could also put a hyperlink to your bonuses directly in the pdf file and password protect the directory containing them. (remember to have the password readily available near the hyperlink) This is not a better solution than zipping everything together, just a different solution. The major downfall of this option is that years from now, if your site is not up anymore, they won't have the bonuses.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tyke
    Zipping the files is definitely the way to go. As far as converting files to PDF is concerned, PrimoPDF works great - you can download it here - http://www.primopdf.com/ (not an affiliate link, by the way). You just drop your file into the desktop icon and you've got a PDF version of it. Really easy and works great.

    Cheers,
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  • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
    You can also keep your files password protected if they're zipped. Without any web encryption, your extra eBooks could be at risk!
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  • Profile picture of the author JimWaller
    Just don't get too password protection crazy. While it helps prevent theft, it also annoys your legitimate customers if you do it too much.
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    • Profile picture of the author Harvey M
      Originally Posted by JimWaller View Post

      Just don't get too password protection crazy. While it helps prevent theft, it also annoys your legitimate customers if you do it too much.
      Agreed 100%. However, when you email out the product download/purchase page, it's as simple as telling them the password in the email. It'll stop a large amount of piracy and reduced sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brekat23
    Wow!

    Thanks for all the replies you guys, you are all so helpful!!

    I believe I'm going to go with the majority rules here and create seperate PDFs then zip it all together... I've never done any of this kind of stuff before so I didn't think to do that but it makes perfect sense, haha!

    If I can simply continue this thread instead of making a new one, that'd be great - cuz I have a few more questions if I may...

    1. I can create working links in microsoft works (which is where I have my product completely typed up already) - then when I convert it to PDF, my links stop working...

    I thought I had this fixed but I was wrong haha - see I got them to work but only if I kept my links as they are such as having http://warriorforum.com in microsoft works, then it would work when converted to PDF...

    Yet what I'm trying to do instead is have an anchor text link with (for example) the word 'Warrior Forum' as a link to the site instead of the link itself (^above^)

    Sooo, I guess all I'm asking is any suggestions on how to create anchor text links to WORK within a PDF instead of having to use the actual link itself? =/

    2nd (and final) question is how I can create bookmarks within my PDF? I like ot create a seperate bookmark for each chapter and 'sub-chapter' so there is easy navigation, but I'm not seeing how this is done unfortunately... =/

    Right now there are 'thumbnails' for each page, they were created automatically by the software I suppose and I don't even need/want those if it can be helped, I'd rather replace that with bookmarks, or maybe if it's possible - change the current thumbnails to only the pages I'm trying to bookmark...?

    Anyways, still confused but learning a lot here!! I appreciate all the help and I'll be sure to give thanks to anyone who offers help! =)

    Thanks!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brekat23
    I'm not even sure if anyone can help me with this to be honest because I'm not even positive what version of Adobe Acrobat I am using - I thought it was 7 because that is what I saw when I looked at the "Properties" but when I clicked on 'Help' it said 'About Adobe Reader X' - and at the bottom of the screen that appeared it said 'Version 10. 1. 2' - so, I'm starting to think I'm not even using a PDF editor but just a viewer of sorts... I don't know any of this stuff lol, this is too unfamiliar and confusing... =\

    I'm going to try and figure it out though, I'll be doing google searches and related forum scanning all day haha - I'll continue to check this thread too if anyone has any suggestions, thanks again!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brekat23
    Ok so anyone reading this thread with the same issues as me - or anyone who would like to have offered suggestions but aren't sure how or what, I found this link which more or less explains my frustration with bookmarks in Adobe Reader: How to Enable Bookmark in Adobe Acrobat Reader

    I only hope that by checking this function, it stays checked for anyone who gets the product - though I'm assuming it won't be, and they'll have no idea how to do this themselves if they are anything like me (haha!).... damn Adobe ={

    Anyways, still gotta figure out the link issue though... I'm wondering if maybe instead of zipping/sending my buyers the book as a PDF, perhaps something else would work just as well? Something that enables the use of Anchor Text?

    I'm really not sure... just an idea here but maybe, I dunno - something like .doc or something?

    The only concern I have with that is.. although the anchor text might work that way, it'll also shorten the amount of people who are able to view it, as I'm not certain that the same amount of ppl who can access a PDF can access a .doc??

    K, that was just an update haha - bookmarks are no longer a question but any advice on the linkage would be more than welcome! Thanks again! =)
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  • Profile picture of the author JimWaller
    I think what is throwing a lot of us off is your need to use Works. I know it is a very easy program to use, because it is a sort of scaled down equivalent of Microsoft office that was designed to meet the needs of the home user.

    If you save your file as a .doc file, you can open it with a different program without losing your formatting. A different program will probably make your life a lot easier such as open office, which is a suite of programs designed for more professional applications. It has a program called writer that will open .doc files. Additionally, writer allows you to save files as .pdf files, so it would make your life a lot easier.
    Another alternative is Libre office which some people prefer to open office and is also free to download. It also lets you export your files as .pdf files.
    Softmaker 2008 is an older version of an office suite that the developers give away free. It has a very similar look and feel to what you are already used to.
    Kingsoft office is yet another alternative that offers a free version that will let you convert to .pdf files.

    I'm not saying you need to download all of these, but it is good to have a couple of different tools in your arsenal to help you do what you want to more easily.

    Personally, I've used open office and kingsoft office. Kingsoft opens faster in my experience, but open office is probably more powerful. I use them both based on what I want to do.

    There are lots of alternatives out there, and each one will have its own learning curve. Most will make your bookmarks very easy to create (as well as hyperlinks).

    Mike Hill mentioned getting 7zip to zip and unzip files. I use it, and I can say it is a good program and is easy to use. You can select multiple files you want to add to the same .zip file, and right click and add them to a .zip directory. (You can also create a .7z file, but they would need 7zip to open it.) There are many alternatives to 7zip, but I don't want to confuse you any more than I have already.

    I know this is a lot of information to process, and some of it may seem scary as you have not done it before, but once you get the hang of it, you'll do great!

    Check out the links I included for you, and look for screen shots which will help you decide which is the best solution for you. You can also see if there are any videos on YouTube that will help you make your decisions. (You may also find some useful tutorials there, too.)

    Good luck, I hope this helps.

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  • Profile picture of the author metaarticles
    I think you want your eBook readers to be able to click within the eBook and access the bonuses. If you want to do this, you will have to first host your bonus eBooks on a server, and then create hyperlinks from within your eBook to the bonus eBook URLs. Sounds confusing, but it is not all that difficult if you know how to host stuff online.

    If you find the above method difficult, then zipping is your only option. If you use windows, you can use the Compressed (Zip) folder functionality to zip your files. You don't even have to download any zipping software.
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