Reverse Page Order

Explorer ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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I know you can reverse the page order when printing out of InDesign (via Print Dialog "General" options) but is there a quick and easy (non-3rd party plug-in or script) to reverse page order within Acrobat DC.

On looking up other answers; a MVP said he would never see a need for this but here in Wales, UK we have native Welsh language and English speakers and we produce a lot of bilingual documents, often with one language reversed and rotated to make up one half of a booklet.

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Most Valuable Participant , Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015
I've created a free utility that allows you to do it with a single click in Acrobat: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat -- Reverse Page Order (FREE)

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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I've created a free utility that allows you to do it with a single click in Acrobat: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat -- Reverse Page Order (FREE)

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Explorer ,
Jul 27, 2015 Jul 27, 2015

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Thanks - will take a look.

I always looking for a non-script/plug-in workaround solution as given the vastness of Adobe programmes there is often a little overlooked trick.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 04, 2017 Apr 04, 2017

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Hi.

I always looking for a non-script/plug-in workaround solution

Go to : https://acrobatusers.com/actions-exchange

Select "Browse: Acrobat X" and search for "Reverse Page Order" in this page, you'll get a free Acrobat Action.:

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Apr 04, 2017 Apr 04, 2017

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Those Actions use a script as well... There's no other way of doing it, unless you do it manually.

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New Here ,
Sep 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016

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There is a very easy way:

  1. open the pdf file that you want to reverse.
  2. then go to file \ print.
  3. choose the printer "Adobe PDF".
  4. in "pages to print" section click on "more options".
  5. you will see a checkbox "Reverse pages", check it.
  6. print your file.

that's it !

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016

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It's maybe easy, but it's a very bad way of doing it. You will get rid of bookmarks, form fields, comments, metadata, etc., in the process, and it's not possible on a Mac machine. Just use my script instead.

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New Here ,
May 13, 2020 May 13, 2020

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Why would you have a document with all of those features that is in reverse? If someone has a reversed pdf I would think it would be a scan and therefore none of that stuff matters and the best solution is printing to pdf. Also, some people work with proprietary files and are unable to download and use scripts due to firewalls or company policy. 

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Sep 27, 2016 Sep 27, 2016

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Printing PDF to PDF is now considered very poor practice. I advise against it.

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2017 Apr 03, 2017

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I know this is old but, I don't think you understand the question bro.

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New Here ,
Apr 03, 2017 Apr 03, 2017

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I am using the newest version and this trick is not working anymore.

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and Yeah, I checked all the boxes in.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 03, 2017 Apr 03, 2017

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What version of Adobe Acrobat do you use?

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LEGEND ,
Apr 04, 2017 Apr 04, 2017

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It works with Acrobat DC.

Have you checked to see if there is any security applied to the PDF?

The following folder level script is add an "Edit" menu item to reverse the pages in a PDF. This will only work with Acrobat.

// Add a menu item to reverse all pages in the active document
// Complements: Planet PDF (http://www.planetpdf.com/)

// Applies only to Acrobat. Not possible in Adobe Reader.

if(app.viewerType != "Reader") {

app.addMenuItem({ cName: "Reverse Pages", cParent: "Edit", cExec: "PPReversePages();", cEnable: "event.rc = (event.target != null);", nPos: 0
});


function PPReversePages()
{
var t = app.thermometer;
t.duration = this.numPages;
t.begin();
for (i = this.numPages - 1; i >= 0; i--)
{
  t.value = (i-this.numPages)*-1;
  this.movePage(i);
  t.text = 'Moving page ' + (i + 1);
}
t.end();
return true;
} // end PRReversePages function;

} // end not Reader.

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Engaged ,
Mar 11, 2018 Mar 11, 2018

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Don't mean to rehash old wounds or old threads, but thank you GKaiseril.  Your fix works in DC pro.  I added it to the javascripts folder as ReversePages.js and it works just fine.  I also tried a few other methods.  Here they are...

Long Way:

Move every page to where it needs to be...

IF you have a lot of pages, this doesn't work well...

Medium length:

1. Scan into DC and then name the document.  Now you want to extract the pages to a folder all their own.

2.  For pages 1-9, add a 0 (zero) before the number at the end of the file name.

3.  Back in DC, Create a PDF from multiple files, select them all, starting with the last, holding shift and selecting all the way back to the first.  This only works sometimes, but not always... ...But if your selection works, they will be in reverse order.  If not, just click the Name tab and it will reverse their order.

4. Click create PDF.  Now they are all in the correct order.  Save.

Shortest:

Put GKaiseril's script into a plain text editor like notepad or textedit, change the format to plain text, then save as, and in windows, save as "ALL FILES", on mac this is not necessary; when you give it a name, give it the extension .js  (dot js), and save the file to the application file folder where the Javascripts files are located.  On windows that's programfiles(x86), adobe, Acrobat DC, Acrobat, Javascripts.  On the mac, you'll have to open the package file of the .app file of your Applications folder, but the resources will be under Acrobat>Javascripts or Resources>Javascripts.  After you put the file there, scan your documents, then just save, go to edit, select reverse pages, save, done.

This last only seems longer.  Once you have the script installed, you can do it all day and night, instantly.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 12, 2018 Mar 12, 2018

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Really shortest:

Put GKaiseril's script into a plain text editor like notepad or textedit, comment or remove useless lines, then save as an "Action" using Acrobat's Action Wizard.

// function PPReversePages()

// {

var t = app.thermometer;

t.duration = this.numPages;

t.begin();

for (i = this.numPages - 1; i >= 0; i--)

{

  t.value = (i-this.numPages)*-1;

  this.movePage(i);

  t.text = 'Moving page ' + (i + 1);

}

t.end();

return true;

// } // end PRReversePages function;

// } // end not Reader.

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Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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Excellent.... Very short method. but taking too much time to reverse all pages. 

 

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