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I am working in InDesign CC 2020 on a Windows 10 PC

 

I have created a 'book' using separate InDesign documents. Each document is set as spreads and have an even number of pages - first page always on the right and last page always on the left. For each document the numbering is set to auo in book panel options, and the numbering in the book tab is correct. Very simple. 

I want to export the book as a pdf and as spreads. When I exports (with spreads selected), the pages are spreads except the last page of each document is by itself, and the first page of the following document is by itself. I want these two pages together as in a spread to match the others.

 

Can anyone tell me how this can be done. Thanks

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Export book to pdf

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I am working in InDesign CC 2020 on a Windows 10 PC

 

I have created a 'book' using separate InDesign documents. Each document is set as spreads and have an even number of pages - first page always on the right and last page always on the left. For each document the numbering is set to auo in book panel options, and the numbering in the book tab is correct. Very simple. 

I want to export the book as a pdf and as spreads. When I exports (with spreads selected), the pages are spreads except the last page of each document is by itself, and the first page of the following document is by itself. I want these two pages together as in a spread to match the others.

 

Can anyone tell me how this can be done. Thanks

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Is the output for printing or for digital output (reading the book as a PDF on a screen)?

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Hello Derek, do you can explain for we the two situation? I asked because today is very common one documento with two or more publications and love how knologement you create solutions 😃

 

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Hi Derek, the output is for digital reading on screen. No printing required.

 

I would have thought that the book feature would create the final combined pdf by placing the last page of each document next to the first page of the following document. Is this correct thinking?

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Hello Macky66, I getting this same situation. The unique resoltuion for me is create first document with odd number of pages, middle with even and last document with odd novamente. Type: 3, 10, 20, 7.

In some cases I had to migrate the first page of one to the last page of the previous one because of the flow of the text.. =/

I dont think this is correct but helped me solve urgent services. 😃

 

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Hi Brito, in order to get around this issue, I took off 'facing pages' on all my documents and unticked 'allow selected spreads to shuffle'. The I moved the pages together to make spreads in the 'page' palette.

I am still frustrated by this issue as I thought that would be one critical reason for having the 'book' function.

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I think if you're going to produce a book in PDF format, in my opinion, it should be exported as single pages -- not facing pages. This will make the document much easier to read on devices such as tablets and smart phones.

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Hi Derek, I agree, single pages would be good, however I need spreads as each section has to start on a right hand page, because the next two pages has to be a spread to fit the graphic. Any more thoughts on how to do this? I would have thought this was the idea of a 'book' pdf.

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The InDesign Book facility is for assembling several InDesign documents, useful for longer books.

Regarding your PDF book, I suggest you keep to single pages, but lay it out in Landscape format so you can feature your "spreads". Easy for the reader to view and navigate.

I attach a mock up of what I have in mind.

guide-page1.jpg

 

guide_Page_2.jpg

 

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Hi Derek, very good idea.

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Hi Macky66,

there is no way I know of to achieve this with InDesign's book file feature automatically.

 

There are only workarounds like:

 

For viewing single pages next to each other as spreads:

Export all the documents separately to PDF, combine all PDFs in Acrobat Pro.

Set the view of the combined PDF to: Two-Up Cover Page with Acrobat Pro.

 

Or, if you want to have one PDF page for all pages per spread:

From the InDesign book file: Export to spread.

 

To fix the problematic spreads: Place the pages to a new InDesign document next to each other and export them again.

Remove the single pages from the PDF you exported from the book file, move in the ones you did from InDesign pages.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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Thanks Uwe, that is exactly what I ending up doing. Unfortunately there are 15 sections to do this to.

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