Instant Named PDFs and/or Images

This AppleScript exports Indesign documents to PDFs and/or Images (JPEGs and/or PNGs) with the following features!

  • Export individual pages
    Each page of the Indesign document can be exported to it’s own specially named PDF, JPEG or PNG.
  • Custom file naming
    The individual PDFs and image files can have custom names sourced from one of the following options:
    • Indesign filename & suffix-of-your-choice & page number.
    • CSV or text file (names separated by returns).
    • The content of a character style from each page.
    • The content of a paragraph style from each page.
  • Combine images into a single PDF
    You can export images and have them combined into a single PDF meaning that every page of the PDF is a rasterised image.
  • It exports files straight to the Indesign file folder
    The script knows the file path of your Indesign file and can export the files directly to it. Otherwise the script can automatically file it into a sub folder of your choice.
  • Export all documents
    You have the option to export all the Indesign documents that are currently open.
  • Remembers the settings
    Choosing the same settings as last time? Just hit return.
    For example, set up your favourite PDF export to quickly export low resolution PDFs to the Indesign document folder.

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Notes:

  • If you choose a CSV for the naming of the images or individual PDFs, it should only have just one column, that being the list of names and no column heading. There should be at least as many names as there are pages in the Indesign document. If you choose a text file, the list of filenames should each be on their own line.
  • Alternatively, choosing a character style or paragraph style for the naming of the exported images or individual PDFs can be useful if you have a title on each page. For example business cards or invitations may have include person’s name. Format the text in your chosen style and the script will use that text for the name of the file for that page.

Updates:

  • 6 July 2017. Version R8. Fixed an error with the page range option.
  • 12 July 2017. Version R10. Added the option to export PNGs.

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6 Comments

  1. Hello. You have written a great script. Congratulations!
    But I am trying to export each page individually and it always exports all the pages in the same pdf document. It does not create individual and separated pdf files for each page of the indesign document.
    I am working with inDesign CC 2017.
    Could you tell me how to solve this, please? Thanks a lot!
    Luis

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    • drscriptoJuly 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Luis, thanks for reporting that error. I’ve fixed the page range option in the latest version so it exports multiple single page PDFs and also the correct page range for PDFs and JPEGs if you choose that option.

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  2. How do I install? Am I overlooking instructions?

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  3. Hello,

    Is it possible to export interactive PDFs with this script? I’m trying to export PDFs with clickable links.

    Thanks!
    Kelly

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  4. Hi Kelly, if you only need hyperlinks and bookmarks you can set up a PDF preset in the Adobe PDF for print section that includes those features. That can then be used with this script. For all the other interactive features like page transitions and media, you will have to export the document manually because Indesign does not allow saved presets for interactive PDFs.

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