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Hi, 

I am trying to export my book draft into a pdf file but there is an issue I am encountering. The files get saved as a pdf but It doesn't show the page where you usually get the options such as changing the size etc. I need to save the file smaller. I basically press export, choose adobe pdf and then it saves it automatically. I am currently using InDesign cc 2014 and I am not sure what the problem is. 

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Hi, 

I am trying to export my book draft into a pdf file but there is an issue I am encountering. The files get saved as a pdf but It doesn't show the page where you usually get the options such as changing the size etc. I need to save the file smaller. I basically press export, choose adobe pdf and then it saves it automatically. I am currently using InDesign cc 2014 and I am not sure what the problem is. 

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When you export PDF, do you choose the print option in the file dialog? That's the only way to get the choice of joboptions.

 

- Dov Isaacs, Principal Scientist, Adobe

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Hi Dov,

 

Thank you for your reply. I do choose PDF (print) in the dialog but unfortunately I don´t get the choice of joboptions. It just saves the file. 

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Select File > Export and select Adobe PDF (Print) from the Format drop-down menu.

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Thanks Derek for your reply. I do select file, export and then adobe pdf but then it just saves the file.

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You can do it in several ways:

• File > Print [NOT Export > Pdf (Print)] > Setup > choose "Paper size" and "Scale" settings

Or you could do it in this way

• File > Export > Adobe Pdf (Print)

and then open your pdf file in Acrobat Pro:

Toolls > Print production > Preflight > Scale Pages to specific size

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Is there any particular reason you're using InDesign 2014 rather than 2019/2020?

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My system is too old and won´t allow downloading the latest version. 

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Typical working way is to start at the size you intend to output to. 

There's never been a setting on File>Export>PDF to change the size on export. 

You might be able to with File>Print and choosing PDF - but this workflow is no longer recommended - using File>Export and PDF is the best method.

 

If you need to resize your file for example from A4 up to A3 or A3 down to A4 - then blanket resizing isn't advised. 

That is - if you have 6pt text at A3 size - and scale it down to A4 for printing - then that text will then be 4.26pt - and if it might not be very legible when printed (unless printed in black or a dark colour).

 

What you can do if it's a scaling thing - scaling in the A size range, say from A2 to A3 or something like that - then I'd recommend starting a new document to the size you want it - and File>Place your InDesign document into the new document at the size you require. 

I think this still works -https://indesignsecrets.com/zanelli-releases-multipageimporter-for-importing-both-pdf-and-indd-files... - it would allow you to place a multipage Indesign file automatically.

 

Then use File>Export and export your new sized document to the size required. 

 

However, I revert to my original concern - scaling can have adverse effects on text or graphics when scaled too small - I'd highly recommend creating your document in the size you require from the start. 

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The typical working way is to start at the size you intend to output to. 

There's never been a setting on File>Export>PDF to change the size on export. 

You might be able to with File>Print and choosing PDF - but this workflow is no longer recommended - using File>Export and PDF is the best method.

 

If you need to resize your file for example from A4 up to A3 or A3 down to A4 - then blanket resizing isn't advised. 

That is - if you have 6pt text at A3 size - and scale it down to A4 for printing - then that text will then be 4.26pt - and if it might not be very legible when printed (unless printed in black or a dark colour).

 

What you can do if it's a scaling thing - scaling in the A size range, say from A2 to A3 or something like that - then I'd recommend starting a new document to the size you want it - and File>Place your InDesign document into the new document at the size you require. 

I think this still works -https://indesignsecrets.com/zanelli-releases-multipageimporter-for-importing-both-pdf-and-indd-files... - it would allow you to place a multipage Indesign file automatically.

 

Then use File>Export and export your new sized document to the size required. 

 

However, I revert to my original concern - scaling can have adverse effects on text or graphics when scaled too small - I'd highly recommend creating your document in the size you require from the start. 

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