Catalog does exactly this. For example, I have a ton of information about
various subjects all squirreled away under an \Info directory on the
network. Under \Info are various subdirectories for specific subjects, and
in each of those are PDFs. I haven't counted them lately, but there are
several hundred individual PDFs, from single pages to multi-hundred page
I indexed the whole of this hodgepodge (and absent the Catalog-made index, a
hodgepodge is all it is, I promise you).
I created another PDF in the main \Info directory; let's say it's name is
Archive (for that indeed is what its name is.) Archive has been told to
automatically attach the index for yon hodgepodge upon opening. It includes
a few form buttons like Search, View Search Results, Prefs and the like,
most of which simply execute the corresponding menu item.
When I want to extract some bit of useful information from this electronic
dump bin, I start Archive.pdf, click Search, plug in the search term I'm
after and get back all the found "hits" in a matter of seconds. Or less.
It's really startlingly fast, even across a network.
And that, by the way, is one potential fly in the ointment - it works very
nicely over the net, on a local drive or even on CD, but wouldn't work over
the internet via web server. There are solutions that permit that as well,
but I haven't looked into them.
>I want to put a large company manual on our company intranet. The manual
>consists of 20 or so Framemaker 5.5 files. I was going to convert the 20
>Framemaker files to Adobe PDF from within Framemaker, allowing it to create
>a catalog index for each file. I really like the idea of the user being
>able to jump to different parts of a file using the index that was
>generated, but it would be most useful if the index would be a global index
>covering all 20 PDF files, while only loading the PDF file they want to see
>at the moment. Is there a way to do this cheaper, preferably with the
>that come with Adobe Acrobat 4, Framemaker 5.5, or Pagemaker 6.5? I would
>like the user to be able to do a search across all 20 PDF files. Thanks.