Placing a multiple page PDF into InDesign

Community Beginner ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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I have CS5.  I'm working on a multipage document in InDesign and I want to bring in a multipage PDF document into that InDesign document.  For some reason, when I do File>Place, it brings in the first page of the PDF (with perfect formatting) but the other pages do not come in.  Is there some other setting that I'm missing to capture all pages of the PDF to transfer into the same number of pages in my InDesign document?

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Community Beginner , Dec 09, 2015 Dec 09, 2015
To place multiple pages in Indesign effortlesslyStep 1: Go to file>>New>>Document, Fill in the number of pages and first page. (Do not mix up the number                of pages and the first page boxes). Also if you want single pages, uncheck the facing pages and                   check the single page (make sure only one of these is checked)Step 2: From Window (on the Tools Bar) go to Utilities>>ScriptsStep 3: In the appearing panel,Click Applications> then scripts>>then javascripts.Step 4: Un...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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When you choose File > Place, in the Place dialog box, check Choose Import Options. Then you'll be presented with a screen where you can choose the pages to place.

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Apr 05, 2020 Apr 05, 2020

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thank you for the solution!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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GArshamA wrote:

[...]   Is there some other setting that I'm missing to capture all pages of the PDF to transfer into the same number of pages in my InDesign document?

No, there is no such option. Steve's suggestion does pop up a dialog so you can select page 2, page 3, etc. -- and even "all" -- but InDesign does not create the pages for you, as it does with text.

Use Scott Zanelli's script for this: http://indesignsecrets.com/zanelli-releases-multipageimporter-for-importing-both-pdf-and-indd-files....

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Enthusiast ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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there IS such an optionScreen shot 2012-03-22 at 3.11.37 PM.jpgScreen shot 2012-03-22 at 3.11.13 PM.jpg

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Mar 23, 2012 Mar 23, 2012

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Read the OP's question:

Is there some other setting that I'm missing to capture all pages of the PDF to transfer into the same number of pages in my InDesign document?

(my emphasis). Now please point out where you see that option in the dialog ...

Scott's script is the best way to do this.

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Engaged ,
Mar 22, 2012 Mar 22, 2012

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You can load your cursor with All Pages as shows above by tman, then just click to place... either in a frame or to margins (depends what you're doing I guess). Make sure you have set frame fitting options first.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 23, 2012 Mar 23, 2012

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this question has been discussed to death on this forum... search the forum.

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 02, 2014 Aug 02, 2014

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Is there no way to bring all pages in at one time or do I need to click 69 times if there are 69 pages?

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LEGEND ,
Aug 03, 2014 Aug 03, 2014

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There's a link to a script in response #2. Use it.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2015 Dec 09, 2015

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To place multiple pages in Indesign effortlessly

Step 1: Go to file>>New>>Document, Fill in the number of pages and first page. (Do not mix up the number 

              of pages and the first page boxes). Also if you want single pages, uncheck the facing pages and   

               check the single page (make sure only one of these is checked)

Step 2: From Window (on the Tools Bar) go to Utilities>>Scripts

Step 3: In the appearing panel,Click Applications> then scripts>>then javascripts.

Step 4: Under javascripts scroll down to "placemultiplePDFpages and double-click it.

Step 5: In the appearing "choose File box" search for the pdf you want to place in Indesign and clck open.   

            You will see a message"place pdf in new document. Click OK, Followed by another OK( message

             Indesign document) and relax to enjoy watching the placement being done for you automatically. 

             You do not have even have to touch the mouse.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 09, 2015 Dec 09, 2015

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To place multiple pages in Indesign effortlessly  (Using Applescript)

Step 1: Go to file>>New>>Document, Fill in the number of pages and  Start page. (Do not mix up the number 

              of pages and the Start page boxes). Also if you want single pages, uncheck the facing pages and   

               check the Primary Test Frame (make sure only one of these is checked)

Step 2: From Window (on the Tools Bar) go to Utilities>>Scripts

Step 3: In the appearing panel,Click Applications> then scripts>>then Applescripts

Step 4: Under Applescripots scroll down to "placemultipagePDF.applescript and double-click it.

Step 5: In the appearing "choose File box" search for the pdf you want to place in Indesign and clck open.   

            You will see a message"Place pdf " Start page (enter start page and Click OK,

             Relax to enjoy watching the placement being done for you automatically. 

             You do not  even have to touch the mouse.

           About using either the applescript or javascript: The applescript produced single pages, but the javascript 

           produced facing pages, even though the same settings were selected in Step 1. There might have been   

           some computer sensitivity.

A. A. Frempong

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Engaged ,
Dec 09, 2015 Dec 09, 2015

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Scott Zanelli's script is the best option. Create a new doc with at least one page in it. Run the script (see link above), fill in the right settings (where to start, offset left or right, transparent background ...) and click run. I use it to place sometime 300 pages in to a file. takes me less that one minute.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 10, 2015 Dec 10, 2015

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I agree with Gert here. While the placemultiplePDFpages script that ships with ID will perform the task, Scott Zanelli's script goes above and beyond, letting users:

  • place in logical or reverse page order;
  • Allow the PDFs (or INDD pages) to either fit to page or scale proportionally to a user-entered amount;
  • Choose the alignment point of the incoming files based on a 9-point proxy that can be rotated or offset;
  • Choose the desired area box to use (trim, media, crop, bleed, art)
  • Allows the incoming files to import onto their own layer

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New Here ,
Mar 09, 2016 Mar 09, 2016

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Thank you for explaining specifically why this is the superior method.

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Engaged ,
Mar 30, 2016 Mar 30, 2016

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My fear is that an abode's customer relations or QA will read this thread and think to themselves "Well that problem is solved, no need to do anything about that" instead of "holy crap, this is a glaring omission from our software that is inconveniencing many and a couple of people have put together solutions in their bedrooms over a weekend why didn't we solve this 8 years ago?"

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2016 Mar 17, 2016

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Thank you! Thank you! I used to do this in CS5 and hadn't been able to find it or figure it out in CS6. This will save me some time.

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Mar 21, 2016 Mar 21, 2016

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Perfect! I owe you an hour of my life that this would have taken me to do manually.

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LEGEND ,
Mar 21, 2016 Mar 21, 2016

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Zanelli's script is light-years better than the one that ships in the samples. Used it myself two days ago to do a 4-up layout of a quarter-page format directory.

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Enthusiast ,
Sep 09, 2016 Sep 09, 2016

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<Removed by Moderator>worte:

To place multiple pages in Indesign effortlessly

Step 1: Go to file>>New>>Document, Fill in the number of pages and first page.

Good one but Creating a New Document and fill pages this is ridiculous. Just open up the Script dialog box (Press Ctrl+Alt+F11) and choose "PlaceMultiPagesPDF"  and double click on it with no document open, no creating a new document.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 07, 2016 Dec 07, 2016

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Brilliant! Worked perfectly on a 136 page document.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 12, 2016 Dec 12, 2016

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After placing the document in Indesign, using the script in Indesign, one can move a document in a page by pressing the mouse on the page and moving the mouse up, down, to the right or to the left. This action is especially useful when centering the document in the page, since after using the script not all the documents would be properly centered.

A. A. Frempong

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 14, 2016 Dec 14, 2016

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From above, if on press-moving the mouse, the blank page and the placed material move together, you can do the following: 1. Click the selection tool (the white arrow) before press-moving the mouse in the page;

or  2. On the Mac, you can simultaneously press the command key while press-moving the mouse in the page (this option is more work)

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Community Beginner ,
May 01, 2018 May 01, 2018

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That's freaking awesome. It even appended new pages to the end of the document so each page from the PDF would fit on a new page. Some minor moving about for layout, but that's merely because I didn't set the PDF pages to a specific scale first. Huge time saver.

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Apr 30, 2019 Apr 30, 2019

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You the real MVP!

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