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Can't Get Embedded PDF To Open as Two-Up (Facing)

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Sep 23, 2020

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I'm a magazine writer and photographer and I upload pdfs of my articles that my publisher sends me to my website (hosted on Squarespace). Prior to uploading, I go into File/Properties/Initital View and select Two-up (Facing). Then I save the file. Then I upload. 100% of the time, the uploaded file opens as one-up.  This has been driving me crazy for years! My work-around is to import the pdf into Photoshop, convert each page to a jpg, then create the two-up facing pages myelf. Then I combine those pages into a whole new pdf. 

 

There has to be a simpler way! Help!

 

And thanks in advance!

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Can't Get Embedded PDF To Open as Two-Up (Facing)

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I'm a magazine writer and photographer and I upload pdfs of my articles that my publisher sends me to my website (hosted on Squarespace). Prior to uploading, I go into File/Properties/Initital View and select Two-up (Facing). Then I save the file. Then I upload. 100% of the time, the uploaded file opens as one-up.  This has been driving me crazy for years! My work-around is to import the pdf into Photoshop, convert each page to a jpg, then create the two-up facing pages myelf. Then I combine those pages into a whole new pdf. 

 

There has to be a simpler way! Help!

 

And thanks in advance!

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Sep 24, 2020

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What are you opening the file in that the Initial View isn't working?

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Sorry - I don't understand your question. 

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You state "Then I upload. 100% of the time, the uploaded file opens as one-up. " Where are you uploading to and what application are you viewing the PDF in?

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That's better! Thanks. As I said in my original post, I'm uploading to my website which is hosted by Squarespace. I'm viewing the uploaded PDF in Safari via clicking a link on one of my web pages. I've been emailing Squarespace support and they said that the issue isn't on their end. 

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Years ago, whenever you saw a PDF on a web site, it was Acrobat Reader doing the work. Those days are long gone. In Safari, it's Apple's PDF plug-in. In Chrome, it's Google's PDF plug-in. In Microsoft Edge, it's Microsoft's PDF plug-in. Each one with it's own design, bugs, and mission.

 

So nothing you can do if these plug-ins don't want to show pages 2-up. Nothing Adobe can do either, since they were locked out of the browser world. And, to be honest, I don't think this ever was intended to work for browser embedding even by Adobe. 

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Ok - Most PDF viewers don't respect the Initial View settings. My suggestion to you is rather than convert to images in PhotoShop, you can create "spreads" from your original PDF using a pretty simple Acrobat Custom Command.

Were you looking for 2-up with a cover page or just 2 up?  

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Just two-up (Facing).

Take a look at my website:

 

www.tripwriters.net

 

When you get there, click on the photo. That'll take you to the PDF (made of JPGs which were made from the original PDF pages) that I just did yesterday. And that's what I'd love to be able to to without the huge pain in the butt of making each page manually in photoshop.

 

 

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