Use Acrobat to Generate Hyperlinks

Acrobat 7 and 8 can identify many URLs and email addresses in a document and add hyperlinks to them. Just choose Advanced> Links> Create from URLs in Document.

It works for URLs that begin with http:// and www., and for email addresses, but fails when the URL or email address wraps to a new line of text. In that case, it creates a link for the first line, using the text on the first line. You’ll need to fix it and manually add a hyperlink to the remainder of the text.

Another workflow limitation is that if you subsequently change the document in the originating application and generate a new PDF, you’ll need to either regenerate all the hyperlinks in Acrobat, or replace the changed pages in Acrobat (Document> Replace Pages…).