In this article we explain how to convert absolute links to relative links using the Find/Replace Destinations feature in Debenu PDF Aerialist. Absolute and relative links are used in PDF files when linking to external files.

  1. Go to “Acrobat > Plug-Ins > Debenu PDF Aerialist > Links > Find/Replace Destinations”
  2. In the “Search for:” field select “External File” and select the “Find all of this type” check box
  3. Click on the “More” button to see additional options
  4. Select the “Convert absolute paths to relative” check box
  5. By default it will only search for links, but you can also check the box to search for bookmarks.
  6. Click on either “Find Next” to see which links are absolute and need to be converted or click on “Replace All” to automatically convert all absolute paths to relative paths

This is quick and easy way to convert absolute path links to relative path links. Please note it’s not technically possible to use relative paths if the external file exists on a different drive or device. Relative paths are only possible if both the source and destination file are on the same drive or device. The files can be moved to a different drive together so long as they are both moved to the same drive in the same relative locations to each other.