How to Hyperlink your PDFs in Bluebeam Revu

This post is part of a tutorial on how to turn scanned papers into navigable PDF documents.

In order to make a PDF document set as useful and user-friendly as possible, it helps to take the extra step to set up hyperlinks. Doing so not only benefits you, but everyone who will ever access or make use of that document. They will be able to simply click a link to jump directly to whatever information they need, rather than digging through pages of material hunting for it. Depending on the size of the document and how many people are using it, this could mean hours and hours of gained productivity.

With the introduction of Batch Link this year (available only in Revu eXtreme), you can generate potentially hundreds of hyperlinks automatically in a matter of seconds. However, if you want to create them individually it is still very straightforward.

Let's take a look at how to set up hyperlinks using Bluebeam Revu:

1. In the Markup menu, click on the green Hyperlink icon.

2. You can now click and drag to select the text or area you want to hyperlink. After you make your selection, a window will prompt you to select where you want this link to point towards. You can have the hyperlink take them to a specific page within your document, a certain view, or even an entirely different PDF altogether (make sure to have relative hyperlinks turned on when doing this). Of course, you can also link to a web URL as well.

Now your hyperlink is set up! Simply repeat this process to set up the rest of your document hyperlinks. It may take a little bit of extra time to set up, but you and everyone you share this PDF with will benefit from your efforts. Since hyperlinks are part of the standard PDF file format, anyone that you send the file to will be able to use your links, regardless of which PDF software they are using (Acrobat, Nitro, etc.). 


Bohdee Staff
Bohdee Staff