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Placing a multiple page PDF into InDesign

Community Beginner ,
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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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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Placing a multiple page PDF into InDesign

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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?

Correct answer by aafrempong | Community Beginner

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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Adobe Community Professional ,
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

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thank you for the solution!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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

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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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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

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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

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

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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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Aug 03, 2014

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

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