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I would like to be able to define the Artboard range for my custom "Save Docs as PDF" script. I don't know Java, but I am guessing that I need to insert...

var saveOptions = new PDFSaveOptions();

  saveOptions.artboardRange = 1;

into my existing script somewhere, which I've pasted here.

If any one cares, this code that i've pieced together so far allows you to define a specific PDF preset as well as a custom suffix to be added onto the filename.

/**********************************************************

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED

Copyright 2005-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated

All Rights Reserved

NOTICE:  Adobe permits you to use, modify, and

distribute this file in accordance with the terms

of the Adobe license agreement accompanying it. 

If you have received this file from a source

other than Adobe, then your use, modification,

or distribution of it requires the prior

written permission of Adobe.

*********************************************************/

/** Saves every document open in Illustrator

  as a PDF file in a user specified folder. Additional language added to control the PDF Preset and to append the file name with a custom suffix.

*/

// Main Code [Execution of script begins here]

try {

  // uncomment to suppress Illustrator warning dialogs

  // app.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevel.DONTDISPLAYALERTS;

  if (app.documents.length > 0 ) {

  // Get the folder to save the files into

  var destFolder = null;

  destFolder = Folder.selectDialog( 'Select folder for PDF files.', '~' );

  if (destFolder != null) {

  var options, i, sourceDoc, targetFile;

  // Get the PDF options to be used

  options = this.getOptions();

  // You can tune these by changing the code in the getOptions() function.

  for ( i = 0; i < app.documents.length; i++ ) {

  sourceDoc = app.documents; // returns the document object

  // Get the file to save the document as pdf into

  targetFile = this.getTargetFile(sourceDoc.name, '.pdf', destFolder);

  // Save as pdf

  sourceDoc.saveAs( targetFile, options );

  }

  alert( 'Documents saved as PDF' );

  }

  }

  else{

  throw new Error('There are no document open!');

  }

}

catch(e) {

  alert( e.message, "Script Alert", true);

}

/** Returns the options to be used for the generated files. --CHANGE PDF PRESET BELOW--

  @return PDFSaveOptions object

*/

function getOptions()

{var NamePreset = 'Proof High Res PDF';

  // Create the required options object

  var options = new PDFSaveOptions();

     options.pDFPreset="Proof High Res PDF";

  // See PDFSaveOptions in the JavaScript Reference for available options

  // SET ARTBOARD RANGE HERE?

  // Set the options you want below:

  // For example, uncomment to set the compatibility of the generated pdf to Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6)

  // options.compatibility = PDFCompatibility.ACROBAT7;

  // For example, uncomment to view the pdfs in Acrobat after conversion

  // options.viewAfterSaving = true;

  return options;

}

/** Returns the file to save or export the document into.

  @param docName the name of the document

  @param ext the extension the file extension to be applied

  @param destFolder the output folder

  @return File object

*/

function getTargetFile(docName, ext, destFolder) {

  var newName = "_HR";

  // if name has no dot (and hence no extension),--CHANGE FILE SUFFIX HERE, DEFINE SUFFIX ABOVE--

  // just append the extension

  if (docName.indexOf('.') < 0) {

  newName = docName + ext;

  } else {

  var dot = docName.lastIndexOf('.');

  newName = docName.substring(0, dot)+newName;

  newName += ext;

  }

  // Create the file object to save to

  var myFile = new File( destFolder + '/' + newName );

  // Preflight access rights

  if (myFile.open("w")) {

  myFile.close();

  }

  else {

  throw new Error('Access is denied');

  }

  return myFile;

}

Correct answer by spaceheat1 | Community Beginner

Thank you for your guidance Silly-V. In case anyone is interested, Here is the final code...

/**********************************************************

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED

Copyright 2005-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated

All Rights Reserved

NOTICE:  Adobe permits you to use, modify, and

distribute this file in accordance with the terms

of the Adobe license agreement accompanying it. 

If you have received this file from a source

other than Adobe, then your use, modification,

or distribution of it requires the prior

written permission of Adobe.

*********************************************************/

/** Saves every document open in Illustrator

  as a PDF file in a user specified folder. Additional language added to control the PDF Preset, Set the Artboard range as desired, and to append the file name with a custom suffix.

*/

// Main Code [Execution of script begins here]

try {

  // uncomment to suppress Illustrator warning dialogs

  // app.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevel.DONTDISPLAYALERTS;

  if (app.documents.length > 0 ) {

  // Get the folder to save the files into

  var destFolder = null;

  destFolder = Folder.selectDialog( 'Select folder for PDF files.', '~' );

  if (destFolder != null) {

  var options, i, sourceDoc, targetFile;

  // Get the PDF options to be used

  options = this.getOptions();

  // You can tune these by changing the code in the getOptions() function.

  for ( i = 0; i < app.documents.length; i++ ) {

  sourceDoc = app.documents; // returns the document object

  // Get the file to save the document as pdf into

  targetFile = this.getTargetFile(sourceDoc.name, '.pdf', destFolder);

  // Save as pdf

  sourceDoc.saveAs( targetFile, options );

  }

  alert( 'Documents saved as PDF' );

  }

  }

  else{

  throw new Error('There are no document open!');

  }

}

catch(e) {

  alert( e.message, "Script Alert", true);

}

/** Returns the options to be used for the generated files. --CHANGE PDF PRESET, ARTBOARD RANGE BELOW--

  @return PDFSaveOptions object

*/

function getOptions()

{var NamePreset = 'Proof High Res PDF';

  // Create the required options object

  var options = new PDFSaveOptions();

     options.saveMultipleArtboards = true;

     options.artboardRange = "1";

     options.pDFPreset="Proof High Res PDF";

  // See PDFSaveOptions in the JavaScript Reference for available options

  // Set the options you want below:

  // For example, uncomment to set the compatibility of the generated pdf to Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6)

  // options.compatibility = PDFCompatibility.ACROBAT7;

  // For example, uncomment to view the pdfs in Acrobat after conversion

  // options.viewAfterSaving = true;

  return options;

}

/** Returns the file to save or export the document into.

  @param docName the name of the document

  @param ext the extension the file extension to be applied

  @param destFolder the output folder

  @return File object

*/

function getTargetFile(docName, ext, destFolder) {

  var newName = "_HR";

  // if name has no dot (and hence no extension),--CHANGE FILE SUFFIX HERE, DEFINE SUFFIX ABOVE--

  // just append the extension

  if (docName.indexOf('.') < 0) {

  newName = docName + ext;

  } else {

  var dot = docName.lastIndexOf('.');

  newName = docName.substring(0, dot)+newName;

  newName += ext;

  }

  // Create the file object to save to

  var myFile = new File( destFolder + '/' + newName );

  // Preflight access rights

  if (myFile.open("w")) {

  myFile.close();

  }

  else {

  throw new Error('Access is denied');

  }

  return myFile;

}

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Artboard Range Code for "Save Open Docs as PDF"

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I would like to be able to define the Artboard range for my custom "Save Docs as PDF" script. I don't know Java, but I am guessing that I need to insert...

var saveOptions = new PDFSaveOptions();

  saveOptions.artboardRange = 1;

into my existing script somewhere, which I've pasted here.

If any one cares, this code that i've pieced together so far allows you to define a specific PDF preset as well as a custom suffix to be added onto the filename.

/**********************************************************

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED

Copyright 2005-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated

All Rights Reserved

NOTICE:  Adobe permits you to use, modify, and

distribute this file in accordance with the terms

of the Adobe license agreement accompanying it. 

If you have received this file from a source

other than Adobe, then your use, modification,

or distribution of it requires the prior

written permission of Adobe.

*********************************************************/

/** Saves every document open in Illustrator

  as a PDF file in a user specified folder. Additional language added to control the PDF Preset and to append the file name with a custom suffix.

*/

// Main Code [Execution of script begins here]

try {

  // uncomment to suppress Illustrator warning dialogs

  // app.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevel.DONTDISPLAYALERTS;

  if (app.documents.length > 0 ) {

  // Get the folder to save the files into

  var destFolder = null;

  destFolder = Folder.selectDialog( 'Select folder for PDF files.', '~' );

  if (destFolder != null) {

  var options, i, sourceDoc, targetFile;

  // Get the PDF options to be used

  options = this.getOptions();

  // You can tune these by changing the code in the getOptions() function.

  for ( i = 0; i < app.documents.length; i++ ) {

  sourceDoc = app.documents; // returns the document object

  // Get the file to save the document as pdf into

  targetFile = this.getTargetFile(sourceDoc.name, '.pdf', destFolder);

  // Save as pdf

  sourceDoc.saveAs( targetFile, options );

  }

  alert( 'Documents saved as PDF' );

  }

  }

  else{

  throw new Error('There are no document open!');

  }

}

catch(e) {

  alert( e.message, "Script Alert", true);

}

/** Returns the options to be used for the generated files. --CHANGE PDF PRESET BELOW--

  @return PDFSaveOptions object

*/

function getOptions()

{var NamePreset = 'Proof High Res PDF';

  // Create the required options object

  var options = new PDFSaveOptions();

     options.pDFPreset="Proof High Res PDF";

  // See PDFSaveOptions in the JavaScript Reference for available options

  // SET ARTBOARD RANGE HERE?

  // Set the options you want below:

  // For example, uncomment to set the compatibility of the generated pdf to Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6)

  // options.compatibility = PDFCompatibility.ACROBAT7;

  // For example, uncomment to view the pdfs in Acrobat after conversion

  // options.viewAfterSaving = true;

  return options;

}

/** Returns the file to save or export the document into.

  @param docName the name of the document

  @param ext the extension the file extension to be applied

  @param destFolder the output folder

  @return File object

*/

function getTargetFile(docName, ext, destFolder) {

  var newName = "_HR";

  // if name has no dot (and hence no extension),--CHANGE FILE SUFFIX HERE, DEFINE SUFFIX ABOVE--

  // just append the extension

  if (docName.indexOf('.') < 0) {

  newName = docName + ext;

  } else {

  var dot = docName.lastIndexOf('.');

  newName = docName.substring(0, dot)+newName;

  newName += ext;

  }

  // Create the file object to save to

  var myFile = new File( destFolder + '/' + newName );

  // Preflight access rights

  if (myFile.open("w")) {

  myFile.close();

  }

  else {

  throw new Error('Access is denied');

  }

  return myFile;

}

Correct answer by spaceheat1 | Community Beginner

Thank you for your guidance Silly-V. In case anyone is interested, Here is the final code...

/**********************************************************

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED

Copyright 2005-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated

All Rights Reserved

NOTICE:  Adobe permits you to use, modify, and

distribute this file in accordance with the terms

of the Adobe license agreement accompanying it. 

If you have received this file from a source

other than Adobe, then your use, modification,

or distribution of it requires the prior

written permission of Adobe.

*********************************************************/

/** Saves every document open in Illustrator

  as a PDF file in a user specified folder. Additional language added to control the PDF Preset, Set the Artboard range as desired, and to append the file name with a custom suffix.

*/

// Main Code [Execution of script begins here]

try {

  // uncomment to suppress Illustrator warning dialogs

  // app.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevel.DONTDISPLAYALERTS;

  if (app.documents.length > 0 ) {

  // Get the folder to save the files into

  var destFolder = null;

  destFolder = Folder.selectDialog( 'Select folder for PDF files.', '~' );

  if (destFolder != null) {

  var options, i, sourceDoc, targetFile;

  // Get the PDF options to be used

  options = this.getOptions();

  // You can tune these by changing the code in the getOptions() function.

  for ( i = 0; i < app.documents.length; i++ ) {

  sourceDoc = app.documents; // returns the document object

  // Get the file to save the document as pdf into

  targetFile = this.getTargetFile(sourceDoc.name, '.pdf', destFolder);

  // Save as pdf

  sourceDoc.saveAs( targetFile, options );

  }

  alert( 'Documents saved as PDF' );

  }

  }

  else{

  throw new Error('There are no document open!');

  }

}

catch(e) {

  alert( e.message, "Script Alert", true);

}

/** Returns the options to be used for the generated files. --CHANGE PDF PRESET, ARTBOARD RANGE BELOW--

  @return PDFSaveOptions object

*/

function getOptions()

{var NamePreset = 'Proof High Res PDF';

  // Create the required options object

  var options = new PDFSaveOptions();

     options.saveMultipleArtboards = true;

     options.artboardRange = "1";

     options.pDFPreset="Proof High Res PDF";

  // See PDFSaveOptions in the JavaScript Reference for available options

  // Set the options you want below:

  // For example, uncomment to set the compatibility of the generated pdf to Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6)

  // options.compatibility = PDFCompatibility.ACROBAT7;

  // For example, uncomment to view the pdfs in Acrobat after conversion

  // options.viewAfterSaving = true;

  return options;

}

/** Returns the file to save or export the document into.

  @param docName the name of the document

  @param ext the extension the file extension to be applied

  @param destFolder the output folder

  @return File object

*/

function getTargetFile(docName, ext, destFolder) {

  var newName = "_HR";

  // if name has no dot (and hence no extension),--CHANGE FILE SUFFIX HERE, DEFINE SUFFIX ABOVE--

  // just append the extension

  if (docName.indexOf('.') < 0) {

  newName = docName + ext;

  } else {

  var dot = docName.lastIndexOf('.');

  newName = docName.substring(0, dot)+newName;

  newName += ext;

  }

  // Create the file object to save to

  var myFile = new File( destFolder + '/' + newName );

  // Preflight access rights

  if (myFile.open("w")) {

  myFile.close();

  }

  else {

  throw new Error('Access is denied');

  }

  return myFile;

}

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The artboard range is a string, just like one you can manually input when manually saving the pdf. You can even string several ranges together via hyphens and commas to create an export which skips pages. Example: "1-3,5-7"

PDFSaveOptions.artboardRange  

Data Type: string

Adobe Illustrator 21 Type Library

Considered for multi-asset extraction which specifies artboard range.Empty string will extracts all the artboards.Default is empty string.

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Thanks for the reply. How would I define this string in the above code?

I will be using it on a AI file that has two artboards and I need the code to save a PDF that just uses Artboard 1, instead of saving a multi-page pdf with both artboards.

I found these properties in another post. Would something like this be able to work?

  1. saveOpts.saveMultipleArtboards = true
  2. saveOpts.artboardRange = "1"; // artboard # 1 

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yes, you just put the string into double quotes and assign via the (=) equals sign.

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Thank you for your guidance Silly-V. In case anyone is interested, Here is the final code...

/**********************************************************

ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED

Copyright 2005-2006 Adobe Systems Incorporated

All Rights Reserved

NOTICE:  Adobe permits you to use, modify, and

distribute this file in accordance with the terms

of the Adobe license agreement accompanying it. 

If you have received this file from a source

other than Adobe, then your use, modification,

or distribution of it requires the prior

written permission of Adobe.

*********************************************************/

/** Saves every document open in Illustrator

  as a PDF file in a user specified folder. Additional language added to control the PDF Preset, Set the Artboard range as desired, and to append the file name with a custom suffix.

*/

// Main Code [Execution of script begins here]

try {

  // uncomment to suppress Illustrator warning dialogs

  // app.userInteractionLevel = UserInteractionLevel.DONTDISPLAYALERTS;

  if (app.documents.length > 0 ) {

  // Get the folder to save the files into

  var destFolder = null;

  destFolder = Folder.selectDialog( 'Select folder for PDF files.', '~' );

  if (destFolder != null) {

  var options, i, sourceDoc, targetFile;

  // Get the PDF options to be used

  options = this.getOptions();

  // You can tune these by changing the code in the getOptions() function.

  for ( i = 0; i < app.documents.length; i++ ) {

  sourceDoc = app.documents; // returns the document object

  // Get the file to save the document as pdf into

  targetFile = this.getTargetFile(sourceDoc.name, '.pdf', destFolder);

  // Save as pdf

  sourceDoc.saveAs( targetFile, options );

  }

  alert( 'Documents saved as PDF' );

  }

  }

  else{

  throw new Error('There are no document open!');

  }

}

catch(e) {

  alert( e.message, "Script Alert", true);

}

/** Returns the options to be used for the generated files. --CHANGE PDF PRESET, ARTBOARD RANGE BELOW--

  @return PDFSaveOptions object

*/

function getOptions()

{var NamePreset = 'Proof High Res PDF';

  // Create the required options object

  var options = new PDFSaveOptions();

     options.saveMultipleArtboards = true;

     options.artboardRange = "1";

     options.pDFPreset="Proof High Res PDF";

  // See PDFSaveOptions in the JavaScript Reference for available options

  // Set the options you want below:

  // For example, uncomment to set the compatibility of the generated pdf to Acrobat 7 (PDF 1.6)

  // options.compatibility = PDFCompatibility.ACROBAT7;

  // For example, uncomment to view the pdfs in Acrobat after conversion

  // options.viewAfterSaving = true;

  return options;

}

/** Returns the file to save or export the document into.

  @param docName the name of the document

  @param ext the extension the file extension to be applied

  @param destFolder the output folder

  @return File object

*/

function getTargetFile(docName, ext, destFolder) {

  var newName = "_HR";

  // if name has no dot (and hence no extension),--CHANGE FILE SUFFIX HERE, DEFINE SUFFIX ABOVE--

  // just append the extension

  if (docName.indexOf('.') < 0) {

  newName = docName + ext;

  } else {

  var dot = docName.lastIndexOf('.');

  newName = docName.substring(0, dot)+newName;

  newName += ext;

  }

  // Create the file object to save to

  var myFile = new File( destFolder + '/' + newName );

  // Preflight access rights

  if (myFile.open("w")) {

  myFile.close();

  }

  else {

  throw new Error('Access is denied');

  }

  return myFile;

}

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Many thanks spaceheat1. Until I found this post, my attempts at scripting a pdf preset had failed miserably. Using your code as a guide, the script now works perfectly and I can stop tearing out what's left of my hair:)

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