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Can Acrobat DC Imposition pages to printer spreads?

New Here ,
Oct 06, 2016 Oct 06, 2016

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Does Acrobat DC have the ability to Imposition pages into printer spreads?

I'm creating a 4-page brochure in InDesign. Each page has a full bleed (.125"). Using InDesign's Export to PDF function, I can have it print Spreads, which marries p2 to p3 (removing the bleeds between them), but it leaves p1 and p4 isolated.

Can I use Acrobat DC to marry p1 to p4 and remove the bleeds between their common edge?

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Oct 10, 2016 Oct 10, 2016

Currently, no! But we might consider such a functionality request! 

          - Dov

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Oct 06, 2016 Oct 06, 2016

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You can use following plugin:

Quite Imposing: home page

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Oct 10, 2016 Oct 10, 2016

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Thanks, but I was wondering if Acrobat had the ability inside itself -- without having to purchase plug-ins or add-ons to perform this task.

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Currently, no! But we might consider such a functionality request! 

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 30, 2018 Apr 30, 2018

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It's now April 2018. The original question was posted in 2016.

Have you added the ability to create Printer Spreads (imposition pages) when outputting a PDFX file?

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Apr 30, 2018 Apr 30, 2018

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No! Acrobat can't do this on it's own.

ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Apr 30, 2018 Apr 30, 2018

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Abambo, I realize Acrobat can’t “do it on it’s own”. I’m trying to determine whether Adobe has added the capability to InDesign and/or Acrobat so we can export a PDFX file in printer spreads.

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The answer is still “no” - Acrobat doesn't have an imposition feature natively (yes, there are extra cost plug-ins that do the job beautifully) nor does InDesign support any imposition via direct PDF export.

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- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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May 01, 2018 May 01, 2018

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Thank you Dov,

A disappointing, but clear answer.

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May 02, 2018 May 02, 2018

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Well as this is a Acrobat forum, if you do not put precisely Indesign in the game, you will get Acrobat answers. As Dov Isaacs​ said, the answer is no. I suppose Adobe considers this a too small market for the effort to deliver a quality product. So it let's the field to third party players.

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  • Indesign has a booklet printing feature and on my Windows system, I use that to create PDF booklets that can be printed with our production colour printer and it does a beautiful job for small-run brochures with not too much pages.
  • You can, with some effort, I agree, manually create a booklet imposition with Indesign. May be you can also find a script doing the job. It shouldn't be too difficult for programming that if you are knowledgable in Indesign scripting.
ABAMBO | Hard- and Software Engineer | Photographer

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Aug 06, 2021 Aug 06, 2021

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It's now August 2021 and one imagines this functionality ought to have been added to the Print Production tools by now.

 

And if not, why?

 

Adobe products are now subscription-based, and users are locked in to paying monthly for the priviledge of licensing the software. With that fee is the expectation of a rolling advancement in features. It's difficult to believe that it would be necessary to purchase 3rd party software to do something that Acrobat DC should do “out of the box.”

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