The pages panel of Acrobat has many features such as rotate, extract, crop and split, but is missing several features that many users would appreciate as standard:
- Break readers spreads
- Break printers pairs
- Reverse page order
- Interleave two files
- Duplicate pages in a 1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2 sequence
- Duplicate pages in a 1-2-1-2-1-2 sequence
Breaking spreads and pairs
Breaking readers spreads has been covered on this blog several times so won’t be discussed in this post, but breaking printers pairs has proved to be a little more challenging and an Acrobat-based solution remains to be found.
Reversing and interleaving
Solutions have however been found for the last four of the bullet points. One solution solves two of the missing page features, namely reversing page order; and interleaving two files. The script can be found in this Github repository.
The collate option allows another file to be interleaved into the already open PDF. The Reverse function simply reverses the page order of the already open PDF.
An alternative solution for users who want to reverse order lots of PDFs at once may want to make an Acrobat action. From the file menu, select Action Wizard, and Create New Action.
for (i = this.numPages - 1; i >= 0; i--) this.movePage(i);
From here, click Save. A prompt will appear asking for a name and description of the action.
Once an action has been made, it can be called upon by navigating to the File menu, Action Wizard, and then selecting the action.
Actions made in this fashion will prompt for a file or files. Once selected, the action will then run and prompt for a save location.
Duplicate pages in a 1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-2-2 sequence
Again, this solution is provided in the form of an Acrobat action. It effectively follows the same steps as creating the reversing action but with one important difference – to tick the checkbox “Prompt User”. The script for this action can be found here:
Duplicate pages in a 1-2-1-2-1-2 sequence
This solution is almost identical to the solution above, except that the script for the action is different. The script can be found in the following forum post:
Having these options available while making the PDF from InDesign would solve this issue permanently… perhaps in future updates of InDesign CC.