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Subject:Re: Searching across multiple pdf files From:Roberta Hennessey <rahennessey -at- gmail -dot- com> To:Mike McCallister <mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com> Date:Tue, 28 Jun 2011 10:21:16 -0400
Thank you for your insights and experience.
I will follow up with which path we choose to follow - I think the users
have Reader so it seems the quickest option.
On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:56 AM, Mike McCallister <
mike -dot- mccallister -at- pkware -dot- com> wrote:
> Reader's Advanced Search allows someone to search PDFs in a particular
> folder (My Documents by default). The files don't have to be open; Reader
> will open them as you select results.
> Another option, if you have Acrobat Pro 9 or above, is to create a
> Portfolio of the files you want to group together. This is pretty easy to
> do; go to File > Create Portfolio and drag the PDFs (actually, they don't
> even have to be PDFs--Office docs and graphics of all sort can be included)
> into the window.
> When you open the portfolio in Reader, you get the option to Search the
> Entire Portfolio (though it's not the default, and I don't think there's any
> way to change that).
> Hope this helps.
> Mike McCallister
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> Subject: Searching across multiple pdf files
> Good morning Tech Whirlers -
> I have googled the answer to this question but I felt those with experience
> may be able to offer me their experiential knowledge.
> The situation is: users need to locate information spread across multiple
> Is it possible to search across multiple pdf files using Adobe Reader? And
> if so, do all the pdf files need to be open? Does this function work with
> Adobe Acrobat?
> Another possible solution would be to merge the TOCs of the pdfs. Does
> anyone know if this is possible?
> Any insights appreciated.
> Roberta Hennessey
> Technical Writer
> (978) 835-4282
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