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Export PDF reverse pages?
« on: October 05, 2018, 10:53:31 AM »
I have a bit of a headache job here, name tags for an event next week. In prepping for print and what we need to do with the tags I need a set printed normal order (no problem there) and a set export in reverse. I thought for sure there would be an option for that bit not does not seem so or I am missing it. Is there any easy way I can export through Indesign or even Acrobat the PDF with pages reverse? I tried the print to PDF but that did not work as the printer drivers did not support it or something like that.

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2018, 11:03:50 AM »
are you printing to copiers?
if so there is a drop down that says more options and you can select print in reverse
if you need a pdf, not sure how to do it except thru a workflow?
attached to show the more options

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2018, 11:06:11 AM »
Quote from: Tracy link=msg=302912 date=1538751830

are you printing to copiers?
if so there is a drop down that says more options and you can select print in reverse
if you need a pdf, not sure how to do it except thru a workflow?
attached to show the more options


I need these files for imposing. I did find a way thankfully through some googling. Some javascript did exactly what I wanted it to do
https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2063936

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2018, 11:26:56 AM »
That's pretty cool.

I just use Quite Imposing's reverse page order function. Great little plugin for tricks.

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2018, 11:31:23 AM »
That is cool Wonderings, I wish I knew Javascript, If you get a minute can you post how you did it?
I don't quite understand he lingo in the Forum Answer

Quite Imposing is a pretty powerful tool!

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2018, 11:39:34 AM »
Pitstop also has a reverse page order

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2018, 11:51:05 AM »
Quote from: Tracy link=msg=302915 date=1538753483

That is cool Wonderings, I wish I knew Javascript, If you get a minute can you post how you did it?
I don't quite understand he lingo in the Forum Answer

Quite Imposing is a pretty powerful tool!


I will look far and wide to avoid learning JavaScript, but maybe that's the wrong approach.

Maybe an investment in JavaScript for dummies would be in order?

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2018, 12:01:08 PM »
Yes, Quite imposing will bring out the "MacGuyver" instinct in you for sure.


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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2018, 12:20:38 PM »
Pitstop and Quite both do it, but if you don't have those, you can compose an action and add it to your tool palette.

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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2018, 01:43:45 PM »
Quote from: Tracy link=msg=302915 date=1538753483

That is cool Wonderings, I wish I knew Javascript, If you get a minute can you post how you did it?
I don't quite understand he lingo in the Forum Answer

Quite Imposing is a pretty powerful tool!


Had to read it a few times to understand, I will do my best to simplify it:

In Acrobat DC go to tools > new action
Screen Shot 2018-10-05 at 1.04.18 PM by B P, on Flickr


Next go to new action and hit add (says open on mine because I added it already. Adds to the side bar on the right)
Screen Shot 2018-10-05 at 1.03.35 PM by B P, on Flickr

Now open "new action" from the list on the left scroll down to " more tools" then click "execute java script". Hit the + button in the middle then click "specify settings"
Screen Shot 2018-10-05 at 1.05.15 PM by B P, on Flickr

A window will pop up, copy and paste the java script text from the link I posted earlier into this box and click "ok" I think another dialogue box opens, just ok whatever it says.
Screen Shot 2018-10-05 at 1.05.21 PM by B P, on Flickr

Now with that done you go to your "action list" which should be a button on the right side bar now and you will see the reverse page order, or whatever you labeled it there.
Screen Shot 2018-10-05 at 1.42.12 PM by B P, on Flickr

Hopefully that helps


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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2018, 01:52:33 PM »
InDesign can export in reverse order though I wouldn't want to do it for a large publication. To do it, specify each page in reverse order, ie...16,15,14,13 etc. It won't let you enter something like 16-1 to do all 16 in reverse order. You have to enter each page individually.
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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #11 on: October 05, 2018, 02:19:18 PM »
Quote from: Joe link=msg=302923 date=1538761953

InDesign can export in reverse order though I wouldn't want to do it for a large publication. To do it, specify each page in reverse order, ie...16,15,14,13 etc. It won't let you enter something like 16-1 to do all 16 in reverse order. You have to enter each page individually.


I had thought about doing that but had some files that were 250 + pages so not really practicle. The javascript I found works perfectly and so easy. Surprised that is not an export feature in Indesign.

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #12 on: October 05, 2018, 02:49:14 PM »
Quote from: wonderings link=msg=302925 date=1538763558

Quote from: Joe link=msg=302923 date=1538761953

InDesign can export in reverse order though I wouldn't want to do it for a large publication. To do it, specify each page in reverse order, ie...16,15,14,13 etc. It won't let you enter something like 16-1 to do all 16 in reverse order. You have to enter each page individually.


I had thought about doing that but had some files that were 250 + pages so not really practicle. The javascript I found works perfectly and so easy. Surprised that is not an export feature in Indesign.


We should write a javascript to enter an unlimited number of pages in reverse order to enter into the InDesign page range box. :rotf:  :sarcasm:
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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2018, 04:36:40 PM »
Thanks Wonderings!!
I am going to try it!

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Re: Export PDF reverse pages?
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2018, 04:53:39 PM »
Getting an error message after I enter the script
Tried typing the bracket after where it is highlighted but that didn't work