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Export or share custom page presets in InDesign

New Here ,
Aug 15, 2019 Aug 15, 2019

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Morning all,

my colleague has made some Indesign 20 document presets, which are ready for the grab when she starts with a new document.

Is it possible that I get those presets on my Mac? (both working on a Mac).

I'm an experienced user and have no problem in sharing stuff from one Mac to the other, but I was unable to find an answer about this one.

Thanks!

Els

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Aug 15, 2019 Aug 15, 2019

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I'm not sure about Mac, but Windows version allows to save the Presets set to .dcst (Document presets) file with needed name and to needed location. Check pls if the Mac version works similary.
File > Document Presets >Define (the start point may be different on Mac); if you already have some presets, you will see them in dialogue window. Choose Save button and save the dcst file where you want. Then load it on he other comp.

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Aug 15, 2019 Aug 15, 2019

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There are two ways to define these. One is by going to document presets and define

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 22.49.57.png

This will let you make your own pages sizes accessible through the new document menu that can be loaded and saved as .dcst files.

But these are document presets, not page sizes. They are kept elsewhere. On a mac, they are stored at this address:

/Users/your_own_username/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 14.0/en_US/Page Sizes/New Page Sizes.xml

You can add them one at a time by going to the custom selection of the following dropdown:

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 23.08.44.png

And the resulting syntax turns the xml file from this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>

<PageSizes>

</PageSizes>

to this:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>

<PageSizes>

<PageSize>

<Name>bcard</Name>

<Width>255.11811023622047</Width>

<Height>155.90551181102364</Height>

<Ppi>72</Ppi>

<Intent>kAll</Intent>

</PageSize>

</PageSizes>

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May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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Hi

The above mentioned location (/Users/your_own_username/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 14.0/en_US/Page Sizes/New Page Sizes.xml) doesn't exist. I've turned on 'hidden files' so thats not the problem. I'm on Indesign 2020. Anybody knows what could be the problem? 

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Adobe Employee ,
Aug 16, 2019 Aug 16, 2019

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Hi Els,

Thanks for reaching out. In addition to the suggestion shared above, you can also try these steps:

  • Ask your colleague to share the Preset files with you.
  • Save the files on your Desktop
  • Go to File and click Document presets to open Document Presets dialog box.
  • Click on "Load" and select the Preset files.

     

  • Then click OK.
  • The preset is saved in your InDesign preferences. Next time when you create a file you can find that preset in Saved presets.

       

Let us know if that helps, or if you need any further assistance.

Regards,

Srishti

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May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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Hi

The above mentioned location (/Users/your_own_username/Library/Preferences/Adobe InDesign/Version 14.0/en_US/Page Sizes/New Page Sizes.xml) doesn't exist. I've turned on 'hidden files' so thats not the problem. I'm on Indesign 2020. Anybody knows what could be the problem? 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 22, 2021 Apr 22, 2021

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Hi Jean Doodle,

folder Page Sizes will be added in the moment you save a custom page size.

 

Also note that the name "New Page Sizes.xml" is dependent on the localization version of InDesign.

In my German version the xml file will be named "Neue Seitenformate.xml", but the folder containing that file is still in English.

 

Do not rename "New Page Sizes.xml", or in my case "Neue Seitenformate.xml", because InDesign's New Document dialog will lose access to the new custom page sizes one added with the "Custom…" option at the bottom of all listed and available page sizes.

 

From my German InDesign 2021 on Windows 10:

 

CustomPageSizeAdd.png

 

After I added a new, custom named page size, folder "Page Sizes" is added to the preferences containing that xml file discussed above. The Windows 10 view on InDesign 2021 preferences:

CustomPageSizesXML-in-Preferences.PNG

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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