First I want to thank Rick Quattro, Fred Ridder, and Jan Patterson for 
helping me out.  The solution provided by Rick Quattro was successful.  In 
a nutshell, here is what we needed to do:

Because the files needed to remain in the relative path in which the PDFs 
were created, we saved each book file to the same folder location. This 
folder was a a level higher than the folders holding the frame files that 
made up the chapters of each of the books. We created our PDFs of each of 
the books in that folder.  That meant all the PDFs were co-located in the 
same folder.  We were able to copy the PDFs to a different folder, once 
again co-locating them in the same folder. The links remained linked.

Janice
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Janice Cadel
Principal Technical Writer/Editor
Hughes Network Systems, LLC
11717 Exploration Lane
Germantown, MD  20876
301-601-7434
fax: 301-428-2801
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Janice Cadel
11/28/2006 11:42 AM


        To:     framers at lists.frameusers.com <framers at 
lists.frameusers.com>
        cc:     Janice Cadel/HNS at HNS, Beth Hamilton/HNS at HNS
        Subject:        Creating x-refs to files using a relative path

We use Windows XP operating system, Frame 7.2 (some of us may still be on 
7.0), and Acrobat 7.0.

We organize our folders to have a main folder for the manual.  That folder 
contains 2 sub-folders (fm_source and docs).  fm_source contains all the 
Framemaker files that make up the book.  In addition to the book and 
generated files, each Framemaker file is a chapter in the book. 

We have set up x-refs so that it is not a problem cross-referencing from 
one chapter to another within the book.  My question, is, how do we set up 
cross-references so that we can cross-reference to a file (in our case, a 
chapter) in another book (which is embedded within a different folder and 
sub-folder).  When we tried to do this using the same method for setting 
up x-refs within the book, it worked in FrameMaker, but it did not work 
once we created our  PDFs. 

For example, we created a x-ref from Chapter 1 in Book A to Chapter 2 in 
Book B.  We created a PDF of Book A and a PDF of Book B.  When we click 
the link in Book A, it says it cannot find the file, and it gives the 
whole path of where it is looking for Book B.

Do you know what we are doing wrong? Or, how we should be doing this?

Thank you,
Janice Cadel
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Janice Cadel
Principal Technical Writer/Editor
Hughes Network Systems, LLC
11717 Exploration Lane
Germantown, MD  20876
301-601-7434
fax: 301-428-2801
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