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Export PDF to current path of the INDD File

Community Beginner ,
Sep 06, 2023 Sep 06, 2023

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Hi everyone!

 

we have thousands of INDD files on our servers and mostly export PDF from these INDD files to a hotfolder on a shared network drive. So if you hit cmd+E for export, the hotfolder path is the selected output folder, since it was last exported there.

 

In the near future we will stop using this hotfolder and we rather want to export the PDF to the folder where the INDD file is saved at. Since we are using a multiple layer directory tree on our server it takes up a lot of time to change the output path to this folder manually - especially if it has to be done for every file.

 

Does anybody have an idea how we can speed up the process or change the saved export location? Some keyboard shortcuts (macOS) may also help, but i dont know of any to jump to the folder where the INDD file is saved at (besides cmd+shift+G), because the INDD files are all in different file locations, the path you'd have to enter will always vary.

 

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Sep 06, 2023 Sep 06, 2023

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Edit: Sorry I didn't read your question properly. The below suggestion won't work for you because you need to target the parent folder of the current indesign document. I'll have more of a think.

 

Hi @Hannes5CE3, the simplest way I can think of is to drag the folder into a Finder window's sidebar. Then, when exporting, the same shortcut will be visible on the save dialog box—just click on that to go there.

- Mark

 

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Sep 06, 2023 Sep 06, 2023

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Another thought is that it might be a good case for scripting. Because you already know what folder you want to export to, there's no need to even ask the user. A script could just do it. However, this assumes the exports are all configured the same, eg. same pdf preset, all pages, etc.

- Mark

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Hmm.. export settings will be the same everytime yes except the pages.. Is a script still possible?

 

But you made me think if its possible to copy the folder path, and it is. But these are quite a few steps to get this to work and pretty complicated for the average user.

1) cmd+leftclick in INDD on top menu bar and open the folder

2) cmd+option+c for copying the folder path

3) close finder window

4) in indd cmd+E for export

5) cmd+shift+G for "Go To.." - cmd+v for paste and hit enter

 

 

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Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Well a script would do something like this: export every page of document with "My PDF Preset" to "<path to indesign document>/<documentNameWithoutExtension>.pdf.

 

Or does the user need to select arbitrary page ranges to export?

- Mark

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Sounds kinda cool to me.. better than my solution.

Unfortunately yes.. Is it possible to open a dialog field in the script so you can enter the page range?

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Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Script can display its own dialog asking for page range. 

 

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Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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Hi @Hannes5CE3 ,

yes it's possible to define the path with a script and still show the dialog for the individual PDF settings.

See into the DOM documentation for e.g. document.exportFile() where the third argument can be set to true to show the options. Default is false.

https://www.indesignjs.de/extendscriptAPI/indesign-latest/#Document.html#d1e49521__d1e53922

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender
( Adobe Community Expert )

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Thanks to all of you. I'll look into the scripting sometime later.

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Sep 07, 2023 Sep 07, 2023

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if you're interested in a paid solution, then Output Factory can do this:

 

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(disclosure: I'm the developer).

 

https://zevrix.com/outputfactory

 

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