The company I work for is asking me to find a way to link our part drawings to assemblies, so that when they open the PDF that contains the assembly drawing the drawings for the parts that are contained w/in that assembly are in the same document. I need to find a way to do this without keeping multiple copies of part drawings that need to be updated individually. I've been brainstorming ideas that involve adding the drawings at the DWG level and with a PDF program that can combine separate documents, but each method seems to have some devastating drawbacks.
Basically, does anyone know of a PDF program that can link multiple PDF documents together and will automatically update when individual documents are modified? I understand that Solidworks can do this by using the Solidworks Explorer program to manage references, and that asking a PDF program to do the same is a tall order.
The best method I can see right now is to tell production that they need to locate each part drawing that is contained in the assembly's BOM and use a PDF program to combine the files that they need for their current use; deleting the file on their local machine after they're used so that they have to go back to the server to access the most current files in the future. I can give them a document that will hyperlink back to the part PDF on the server, but it doesn't really provide the solution that they are looking for.