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I want to use an iPad as an electronic 'Program' or Agenda for a conference. We would like to have a single document serve as the Agenda where one can open it, see the time and day of the presentations, the author and title. Then, select a hyperlink to open a copy of the presentation and/or written paper.

This is easily done on a PC and .pdfs but I have not solved it for the iPad. I am not Apple-savvy. Also, I am beginning to think that a dedicated App may be required of which I have never written an app either.

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I won't say this is impossible (or even not achievable today) but the big problem is the file system. On the iPad, there isn't a file system exposed to you the user. Even using relative folder location or when files link to another in the same folder/directory seems unlikely to work. Do you encode absolute file paths on the PC? –  bmike Jul 8 '12 at 12:35
    
Will the linked presentations / papers be accessible via the internet? This simplifies the problem in that you could use traditional PDF hyperlinks. –  ephsmith Jul 8 '12 at 15:37
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Speaking of hyperlinks in PDFs... If all the papers/presentations are in PDF form, you could just use on monolithic PDF with internal references. –  ephsmith Jul 8 '12 at 15:40
    

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