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    Okay. first up I'm restricted to CS3. I know cry along with me, but that is what I have to work with on this.
    So please don't suggest CS5 things, thx.

    I set-up my publications with the "book" settings in InDesign. Each section of the book is it's own file. Traditionally I have only needed to export the whole book to a PDF, so I just select all the files, export book and Ta-da I have what I need.

    However my printer is more or less forcing a change to use some new fangled Kodak software thing for uploading... and of course this software requires that the pages be saved individually. Now I'd really like to avoid PDFing them all individually.
    So I need a way to export my book (by selecting all the files) into individual PDFs.
    I understand there are plug-ins/scripts that can do this. I am not familiar with any of them. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. ~ Kurt Cobain

  • #2
    Extract as separate pages in Acrobat. (it's in the pages palette in acrobat pro, as "extract pages..." there's an option to tick for separate files)
    Last edited by kemingMatters; 12-05-2011, 03:16 PM.
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    • #3
      hey keming do you know if that keeps all the high-resolution stuff good?
      And is there a way to make sure it's named correctly? (I assume it will number the pages in order?)

      I did try it but it doesn't give any options just put in page range numbers.
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      • #4
        When you export the book to PDF - as Kemming points out - you can use Acrobat to extract the pages - Document>Extract Pages> and choose the option.

        This will put all the pages in single pages. It will be the same quality as when they were all together.

        You can use Adobe Bridge to Batch Rename the files in the folder.


        For a single document you can skip that step by using this script
        http://indesignsecrets.com/page-expo...ed-for-cs3.php

        "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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        • #5
          Don't need too echo Eugene, so this is the extent of that. Acrobat should save a page number extension on each extracted file.
          Design is not decoration.

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          • #6
            ^ Does it number the pages in order?
            I don't want to even try having a 96 page mess on my hands. lol.
            I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. ~ Kurt Cobain

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            • #7
              Yep, it will append the page numbers in order, right before the .PDF extension.
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              • #8
                It might not correspond with the page numbers on the actual page of the publication (when page 1 actually starts on page 3) but it will match up with the page numbers in the pdf. If I remember correctly the extension that acrobat adds is something like "filename [#].pdf"

                didn't see that ninja-badger lurking in the corner...
                Design is not decoration.

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                • #9
                  The pdfs will be numbered correctly. If you want to rename them use Bridge to batch rename them.

                  "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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                  • #10
                    I knew I saw this around

                    http://www.kahrel.plus.com/indesign/...dividuals.html

                    All your prayers have been answered. Go forth and export the entire book to individual pages directly from InDesign.

                    Do not pass go and do not collect $200

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                    • #11
                      ^ I'm going to assume as that script was written in the last year and a half that it doesn't work with CS3...

                      But if we know it numbers the way I need, which it sounds like then Acrobat Export into individual pages it is. Thanks guys!
                      I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not. ~ Kurt Cobain

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                      • #12
                        Peter Kahrel is a nice guy. If you emailed him he might be willing to make it work for CS3, it might be a quick change in the script.

                        Just a thought. Or you could post in the Adobe InDesign Scripting forums and one of the scripters might be able to turn it into a CS3 script?

                        "May your hats fly as high as your dreams"Michael Scott

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