Is it possible for me to view spreads as single pages without actually changing the layout? Thanks!
Not easily in InDesign. It would be very quick to export as PDF and DON'T turn on Spreads. View in Reader or Acrobat.
I too would go with Steve's answer here. Harbs' script is good but I have had instances where the artwork does strange things as a result.
I saw the word "view" as being the key word in poster's question. You can view very quickly by making a PDF file.
Splitting spreads carries all the same risks as moving pages as far as artwork that crosses the spine. Those objects are on either one page or the other in a spread. Have you seen something other than would be explained by an object staying with a page and disappeating from another?
Had a diary job with art supplied by the client as indesign files which needed bleed in the spines. used Harbs' script which i'd used dozens of times before but strange things happened with the text that I just could not explain such as reflow.
Yes his script does what it "says on the jar", but because of a one-off strange instance I tend to err on the side of caution.
Interesting. I've not needed to split spreads often, and I'm not sure I've ever used the script. I bow to your real worl experience, but I wonder if the problem was really the script, or maybe a case of text reflow from changing versions (not necessarily by you) that the script somehow triggered.
I think to have "view spreads as single pages" would be very useful as a view option, for when you just want to scroll through a document and make edits. When the spread view is too wide you have to scroll from side to side as well as down, or keep zooming in and out. And if you want to get a sense of how it's working visuallly then story editor won't do. And obviously we don't want to change the layout settings in order to do this.
@dv8kiwi – you can also use two different layout windows of the same document side by side with different zoom values.
To move synchronously from page to page spread to spread in both layout windows, you could use a set of scripts and apply them to keyboard shortcuts.
See the following blog post (in German) by Gerald Singelmann at:
and here a link for downloading the scripts:
The scripts are from 2009, but should work in InDesign CS5, CS5.5 and CS6.
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Go to Document Setup, uncheck "facing pages" and OK. You'll see the pages as a single pages in your pages PANEL Now.
That is changing the layout, so it is not the answer to the question. What is required is to keep the facing pages layout, but to be able to view and work on the document as a vertical column of single pages. This would be particularly useful for landscape layouts.
Looks like it's for CS6, not CC?
Thank you Jenny-ct. That was exactly what I needed
Moving from facing to non-facing pages will be a disaster for any document that actually uses the master pages because the right side of the master is no longer used.
But it sounds to me like your problem has more to do with how you are exporting to PDF than with how the file is set up. When you install InDesign the default PDF export is for PDF (Interactive) and by default that exports spreads. You can change the export type to PDF (Print) if that's more appropriate, as it would be for a document intended for print, or you can switch interactive PDF export to do single pages instead of spreads, and there is no need to change the document setup at all.
So if I export my 263 pg indd book as interactive pdf, and consequently get single page view, not facing pages, then can I convert THAT for print, and have it retain the single page view? My printer used to accept a print version with facing pages, but now they want single page continuous, no facing pages spreads. Further, will the l-r pages with their differences in inner margins (to account for the binding) be messed up?
I went ahead and tried your method, exporting as interactive pdf. The differences in inner margins were preserved, and I now have a book that passes pre-flight for my printer. Thanks so much. Brilliant!
I take all that back. I just printed out a couple of pages, from the "saved as interactive pdf" single page view, and now the images are all blurry!!!! Darn, darn, double darn!!!! So do I have to re-create the entire 264-page book, in indesign?
A bit tardy on the reponse, but for those tuning in late, I think the answer for MystiMac is to re-export using PDF for Print rather than interactive, which should preserve the image resolution if it is sufficient in the file. Nothing will help images placed with too low an effective resolution.
mark this as the answer.
Ding ding ding! All this talk about scripts and what not, this was the answer I needed. Thank you!