I am using a corporate configuration [Windows 7, PDF-XChange Editor Plus 6.0 (build 322.7), PDF-Tools 6.0 (build 322.7)], so my ability to customize or add plug-ins may be limited. Nevertheless, here is my situation:
I am using InDesign to create a 300+ page interactive PDF.
There is a menu bar at the top of the pages, with these buttons: Home | Menu | Prev | Next | Print
However, InDesign creates HUGE files (100+ MB) when you let it handle the interactive buttons. It handles links fine, but buttons bloat the file size in ways you can hardly imagine.
So, I create a "normal" PDF (with lots of hyperlinks) and then use PDF-XChange Editor Plus to add the buttons.
This works great! My file shrank from 100 MB to 12 MB.
Except... I have to cut/paste the buttons on 300 pages! That's a LOT of clicking and pasting.
THE QUESTION Is there a way to automate this? Can I write a script (or do something else) that will automate this in PDF-XChange Editor or the PDF-Tools?
NOTE: This is a corporate installation PC, so I cannot install an external macro editor. I might be able to do something in VBA or write a program to do it (I could request that they put a copy of Visual Studio on my computer... maybe), but that's not my strong suite and doubt I could get it working without a lot of help.
Thanks in advance for any help or guidance you can provide!
PS: I did look into the possibility of adding the buttons to a "Watermark" layer, but couldn't figure out how to do it with these tools. Any thoughts in that direction would also be appreciated.