Using Hyperlinks in Your Digital Publication

Hyperlinks are a great way to make the digital version of your publication more interactive for readers, drive traffic from your publication to your website, or offer a feedback loop for advertisers. You can use hyperlinks to link products in your catalog to an ecommerce site, to allow customers to send email to an address listed in your brochure, or to add value to your advertising space by allowing readers to click through to your advertisers’ websites. Hyperlinks are supported across all of MagCloud's digital offramps, and in the MagCloud iPad Application and the MagCloud Web Viewer text links will be highlighted for users with a blue underline, while image links will have a blue box added around them.

How to Add Hyperlinks in InDesign

  1. While you are creating your MagCloud publication in InDesign, highlight the text or select the object that you want to add a link to.
  2. Go to Type > Hyperlinks & Cross-references > New Hyperlink, or right-click (Windows)/control-click (Mac) on the text or object you’ve selected and go to Interactive > New Hyperlink in the menu that appears.
  3. Follow the prompts in the New Hyperlink window that pops up to choose the appearance of the link and what URL or email address it will point to. We recommend using the Invisible Rectangle appearance so that the links won’t be visible in your printed version, but the MagCloud iPad app and web viewer will still be able to highlight wherever a link is present in a document.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure all your URLs start with "http://"
  4. Repeat these steps for every link you want to add. Once all your links are added, export your PDF as usual following the MagCloud Instructions for InDesign (available for download here), making sure that the box for Hyperlinks is checked in the Include section at the bottom of the General tab in the PDF Export window.
  5. Upload your PDF as usual and the digital versions of your publication should include the links you added.

How to Add Hyperlinks in QuarkXPress

  1. While you are creating your MagCloud publication in QuarkXPress, highlight the text or select the object that you want to add a link to.
  2. Go to Style > Hyperlink > New or right-click (Windows)/control-click (Mac) on the text or object and go to Hyperlink > New in the menu that appears.
  3. Follow the prompts in the New Hyperlink window that pops up to name the link and select what URL or email address it will point to.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure all your URLs start with "http://"
  4. Repeat these steps for every link you want to add. Once all your links are added, export your PDF as usual following the MagCloud Instructions for QuarkXPress (available for download here), making sure that the box to Include Hyperlinks is checked in the Hyperlinks tab in the PDF Export window. For the appearance of your links, we recommend using an invisible frame with no highlight so the links won’t be visible in your printed version, but the MagCloud iPad app and web viewer will still be able to highlight wherever a link is present in a document.
  5. Upload your PDF as usual and the digital versions of your publication should include the links you added.

How to Add Hyperlinks in Pages

Note that Pages will not allow you to add links to images, only text. If you want to add a link to an image, create your PDF as usual, then open it in Adobe Acrobat Pro or Apple Preview and follow the instructions linked to in the above menu.

  1. While you are creating your MagCloud publication in Pages, highlight the text you want to add a link to.
  2. Go to Insert > Hyperlink, or select the Link Inspector from the Inspector window.
  3. Select what kind of link you want to add, and enter the URL or email address it will point to. IMPORTANT: Make sure all your URLs start with "http://"
  4. Repeat these steps for every link you want to add. Once all your links are added, export your PDF as usual following the MagCloud Instructions for Pages (available for download here), making sure that the box for Hyperlinks is checked in the Include section at the bottom of the General tab in the PDF Export window. 
  5. Upload your PDF as usual and the digital versions of your publication should include the links you added.

How to Add Hyperlinks in Acrobat

  1. Create your PDF following the MagCloud instructions for the software of your choice (available for download here), then open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  2. Go to Tools > Advanced Editing > Link Tool to select the Link Tool. Using the Link Tool, click and drag to create a rectangle around the text or image content that you want to add a link to.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure all your URLs start with "http://"
  3. Follow the prompts in the Add Link menu that pops up to choose the appearance of the link and what URL or email address it will point to. We recommend using the Invisible Rectangle appearance so that the links won’t be visible in your printed version, but the MagCloud iPad app and web viewer will still be able to highlight wherever a link is present in a document.
  4. Repeat these steps for every link you want to add. Once all your links are added, go to File > Save As to save your document as a new PDF. 
  5. Upload your PDF as usual and the digital versions of your publication should include the links you added.

How to Add Hyperlinks in Apple Preview

Note: These instructions are only valid for Preview on Macs with OS X Lion or older. With the Mountain Lion update, the ability to add a link to a PDF in Preview has unfortunately been removed.

  1. Create your PDF following the MagCloud instructions for the software of your choice (available for download here), then open the PDF file in Preview.
  2. To add a link to text, use the Text tool to highlight the text you want to add a link to, then go to Tools > Annotate > Add Link. To add a link to an object, choose the Select tool, go to Tools > Annotate > Add Link, then click and drag to draw a shaded rectangle where you want the link to be.
  3. After your text or object has been selected, in the Annotations Inspector window select "URL" from the Link Type dropdown menu and enter the web address for your new link.
    IMPORTANT: Make sure all your URLs start with "http://"
  4. Repeat these steps for every link you want to add. Once all your links are added, go to File > Save As to save your document as a new PDF.
  5. Upload your PDF as usual and the digital versions of your publication should include the links you added.