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How to Convert PDF to URL on Mac

2020-05-27 17:08:49 • Filed to: PDFelement for Mac How-Tos • Proven solutions

To convert a PDF to URL on a Mac, you can use a variety of methods. But all of them depend on your specific needs. For example, if you're merely distributing the PDF to a larger audience and need to provide a download link, that requires a particular set of tools; on the other hand, if you want the content itself to be displayed as a web page, that requires a different approach.

In this article, you'll learn how to make a PDF into a URL on Mac with PDFelement for the purpose of having it displayed as HTML or HTML5 to the recipients of the link. It's a good way to disseminate information within your organization, to a specific group of people at a client's location, to your customers via email, and so on.

The advantage of using this method rather than merely generating a URL for a downloadable PDF file is that the recipients get interactive and dynamic content instead of static PDF pages. It's also an ideal way to send complex content with lots of media and text elements because HTML5 is inherently responsive based on which device it's being viewed on.

There are a couple of different ways to convert a PDF to a link on a Mac.

Method 1: How to Make a PDF into a URL on Mac (Including Catalina)

PDFelement is consummate PDF editors with powerfully accurate PDF conversion capabilities. The idea here is to convert the PDF file into a web-friendly HTML or HTML5 file, which can then be used to generate a URL for wide distribution.

Step 1. Download the PDF to URL Converter for Mac

Step 2. Open PDF before Converting to URL on Mac

Import the PDF into the program by clicking the "Open File…" button. Or just drag and drop the PDF into this program.

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Step 3. Convert PDF to URL on Mac

Click the "File" → "Export To" option. Within the contextual menu, choose "HTML" by clicking it.

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Save the output HTML file to a cloud location like Dropbox and generate a public share link.

This method of converting PDF to a URL on Mac is probably the easiest way to do it. As a matter of fact, if you use PDFelement, you can even do this as a bulk operation (batch process.)


Method 2: Convert a Batch of PDFs to URL on Mac

There are several batch processes can crunch through quickly and accurately. One of these is bulk conversion. The steps are a little different, as shown below:

Step 1. Click on "Batch Process".

When the file is open, click the "Tool" menu item in the left side panel. And then click "Batch Process" option.

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Step 2. Convert PDF to URL on Mac in Batch

In the Batch Processes window that appears in the middle of your screen, select "PDF Converter" on the left-side panel. You can either drag and drop your PDFs or use the "Add File" option to import them.

Change the dropdown selection in the Format section on the right to say "To HTML". Hit "Apply" when you're ready

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Important: Upload the output HTML file to a cloud service and generate public links for each of them. You can also add them to a cloud folder and get a share link for the entire folder.

PDFelement is available for macOS as well as Windows, iOS, and Android flavors depending on your subscription or license. Here are some of the things you can do with it:

  • Edit any PDF text, image, or object, including watermarks, headers/footers, links, and media attachments.
  • Annotate your PDF workflows with a full set of markup and commenting tools that help you provide accurate reviews of the document's content.
  • Sign and fill PDF forms with advanced form field recognition and conversion features.
  • Secure your PDF files with passwords, apply redaction to preserve confidentiality, and control specific action restrictions like printing or copying.
  • Perform OCR or optical character recognition on scanned PDF documents to make them editable with any PDF editor.
  • Execute batch processes for conversion and other functions - fast and accurate.

Alternative Way to Make a PDF into a URL on Mac

As we mentioned in the beginning, another way to distribute PDFs to a larger online audience is to create a download or view link that they can access from within a browser tab. It's not the same as an interactive web page, obviously, but it's a convenient way to display your content online. Instead of first converting the PDF into HTML, what you need to do is directly upload the PDF to any cloud service that lets you generate publicly shareable links for your files.

The biggest disadvantage here is that the content won't be responsive like it would be in HTML5, but the advantage is that you can generate a URL that will automatically download the file when the link is clicked. It's a good method to use if you don't require a responsive medium for your PDF content.

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