Hello, I have a document with multiple pages with a sidebar that I set up on parent pages. I want to set it up so the side bar shows up on screen but then will print at 8.5 X 11 inches without the side bar. (I want to set it up so it automatically prints this way so that it's easy for whoever wants to download and print the file.)
I tried turning the side panel into a button and then selected "non printing" under attibutes but it leaves a blank space where the sidebar was since my document is sized at 12 X 11 inches to account for the side bar.
I have the side bar on it's own layer and tried to see if I could change the settings in Acrobat under layers but Acrobat does not show mutiple layers.
Is there a feature within Indesign or Acrobat that can do this?
I have a similar project, a book (classic reprint) that has an annotation sidebar on the outer margin. Printed at 9x8, the book has the annotations. Printed at 9x6, it does not, and it all works from the same master file.
I have no useful experience for this, but there are some first-rate script and automation folks on here. I'm betting, though, that printing is so "encapsulated" and idiot-proofed that trying to override the page size and crop will be difficult, if not locked to a specific print driver. But maybe...
I appreciate your help. Hopefully more printing options can be a feature on InDesign in the future.
Have tried the sidebar in a bleed or slug zone?
That's a clever idea (a side slug margin) but it still wouldn't allow printing something different from the display.
About the only thing that's occurred to me is to use one version for display and print another, using some kind of clever interactive call.
That is a good idea. Like an interactive button for the print version?
Hi @jamieb35960912 :
How about setting up an Alternate Layout? When you create it, you can link the stories so that editing the parent story will update the second story.
Unless I am misreading the OP's intent, he wants a distributable doc that will display one way (with the sidebar) but print differently (without it). The various live-document suggestions are good, but I don't think they lead to a solution for distributed or end users.
You can set a portion to be printed in Acrobat
However, I have not tested this, and I don't know if you can embed this or add it to a button for 'Print' function in Acrobat.
That being said, people will use 3rd party readers, like Mac Preview, Foxit Reader, Chrome Reader, etc. that are not compliant with all PDF modules.
My idea is not tested but.
Place your 12x11 file into an 8x11 file and crop the sidebar.
That is create a new file at 8x11 and use File Place to place the pages
Then you this is your linked file - so you edit your sidebar version.
Open the nonsidebar version and update the links.
On the non-sidebar version - you can Publish Online
Copy the URL
On the sidebar version - have a link to the Online Version using the URL
People can print from there.
Rudimentary - and not tested.
But could work with very little setup and easy updating.
Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure I fully understand. Would there be two versions and the side bar version would have a link to the non side bar version for someone to print? That is a good idea. Initially I was hoping for just one version but sounds like it could be a workaround with maybe one extra click (if I understand correctly.)
Sidebar version as normal
Another version with publish online.
Actually someone else mentioned slug.
This might work as a singular document. If you put the sidebar in the slug.
Then publish online. It shouldnt take the slug area.
So copy the link here.
When updating, publish online and export to PDF.
The link in the pdf sidebar version would link to the publish online version for printing.
My pref would be two docs. So you purposefully open, update and publish both.
Up to you.
That's good idea. I'm considering the two docs option. I appreciate your help!