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Export mutations with several different layers

Community Beginner ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Hey dear community!

 

Can you export the same Document (PDF) several times automatically? Because I often have like 10 or 20 Code-Mutations on a payment slip on my Doc and I always have to export them manually one at a time. Would be perfect if I could select the layers that should be exported in succession (with the main layer always exported logically).

 

Does anybody know about a Script or a function in Indesign which can do that? Couldn't google anything about it 😕

 

Cheers and thanks, Sebastian

 

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Advocate , Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021
Hi sebastianp39925710, Give the below code a try for your needs. var doc = app.activeDocument; var myFolder = doc.filePath; export_preset = app.pdfExportPresets.itemByName("[High Quality Print]"); if (!(export_preset.isValid)){ alert('The PDF export preset does not exist.'); exit(); } function myGetVisibleLayers(){ var myVisibleLayers = new Array; for (var i = 0; i < doc.layers.length; i++){ if (doc.layers[i].visible == true) { myVisibleLayers.push(doc.layers[i].ind...

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Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Hi,

can you confirm the exact version of your software and operating system?

Have you considered creating a data merge approach instead of layers?

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Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Hi sebastianp39925710,

 

Give the below code a try for your needs.

 

var doc = app.activeDocument;
var myFolder = doc.filePath;

export_preset = app.pdfExportPresets.itemByName("[High Quality Print]");

if (!(export_preset.isValid)){ 
    alert('The PDF export preset does not exist.'); 
    exit(); 
   }

function myGetVisibleLayers(){
 var myVisibleLayers = new Array;
  for (var i = 0; i < doc.layers.length; i++){
   if (doc.layers[i].visible == true) {   
    myVisibleLayers.push(doc.layers[i].index);
      }
   }
      return myVisibleLayers;
  }

 //Layers Manager Dialog/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

  var layerNames = [];

   for (var i = 0; i < doc.layers.length; i++) {
   layerNames.push(doc.layers[i].name);
   }
   var myW = new Window ("dialog", "Layers Manager"), 
   layerGroup = myW.add("group");
   layerGroup.alignChildren = "row";
   var columns = myW.add("group"); columns.spacing=20;
   
   layerGroup.add ('statictext', [-55,28,200, 43], "Select Base Layer(s)");
   var base = columns.add ("listbox", [30, 0, 275, 300] , layerNames, {multiselect: true});
   base.revealItem (doc.layers.length -i/1);
   var selectedBase = []; 
   for (var i = 0; i < base.items.length; i++){selectedBase[0] = base.items[i];}
   base.selection = selectedBase; 

   layerGroup.add ('statictext', [365, 28,603,43], "Select Version Layer(s)");   
   var versions = columns.add ("listbox", [30, 0, 275, 300] , layerNames, {multiselect: true});
   versions.revealItem (doc.layers.length -i/1);   
   var selected = []; 
   for (var i = 0; i < versions.items.length-1; i++){selected[i] = versions.items[i];}
   versions.selection = selected;

   var btn = myW.add("group");
   btn.orientation = "row";
   btn.alignment = ["right", "top"];
   var cancelBtn = btn.add ("button", undefined, "Cancel", {name:"Cancel"});
   var okBtn = btn.add ("button", undefined, "OK", {name:"OK"});
   
   var myResult = myW.show()   
   if(myResult == 1){  
   main();  
   }  
   else if (myResult== 2){  
   exit(0);  
   }  
   function main(){ 

///pdf /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

   if (base.selection == null){
  alert ('Error!\nNo base layer was selected for pdf Output. Please try again.') 
  exit();
  }
  else if (versions.selection == null){
  alert ('Error!\nNo version layers(s) were selected for pdf Output. Please try again.')
  exit();
  }
 var lookup = {};
 for (var j in versions.selection) {lookup[versions.selection[j]] = versions.selection[j];}
 for (var i in base.selection) {
 if (typeof lookup[base.selection[i]] != 'undefined'){
 alert('The layer "'+ [base.selection[i]] + '" cannot be both a base and version layer.\nPlease try again.');
 exit ();
 break;
 } 
 }

 var myVisibleLayers = myGetVisibleLayers();
      
  doc.layers.everyItem().visible = false;

  for (var i = 0; i < base.selection.length; i++){
  var myBase = base.selection[i].index;

  doc.layers[myBase].visible =  true; 
  }

  for (var i = 0; i < versions.selection.length; i++){
  var myVersion = versions.selection[i].index;

  var my_layer = doc.layers[myVersion].name;

  doc.layers[myVersion].visible = true;
  
  app.pdfExportPreferences.pageRange = PageRange.ALL_PAGES

  doc.exportFile(ExportFormat.PDF_TYPE, File(myFolder +'/'+ my_layer + ".pdf"), false, export_preset);

  doc.layers[myVersion].visible = false;
}
  doc.layers.everyItem().visible = false;

  for (var i = 0; i < myVisibleLayers.length; i++){  
    var myLayers = myVisibleLayers[i];
    doc.layers[myLayers].visible =  true; 
    }
    alert('Done Exporting the selected Layers to a PDF!');
}

 

 

Regards,

Mike

 

 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 27, 2021 Jan 27, 2021

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Thanks you two for the quick replies!

 

I have CC Pro, Indesign 16.0.1, Windows 10.

 

@Eric DumasThanks for the info, I will look into Data Merge. I'm always happy to learn new ways.

 

@mikeb41294032thanks for the script - I'll also try that!

 

Cheers for now

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Massive thanks to you @mikeb41294032  Mike!

 

The script works perfectly and is exactly what I needed!

 

Cheers and thanks again!

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Jan 28, 2021 Jan 28, 2021

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One last thing - maybe you could consider adding a possibility to stop the export, because then you would have full control. Some exports are very big, and if you see an error, you could stop and start again. (Unfortunately I can't script very well :D)

 

Thanks again for this VERY helpful script Mike!

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