In InDesign's Book panel, if you select Export Book to PDF from the panel's flyout, InDesign creates a single PDF file, either of the documents selected in the panel or of all documents when no documents are selected. No matter what you select, the result is always a single PDF file.
The script described on this page enables the export to PDF of the individual book chapters. It offers two more export modes: export each page of the selected chapters as a separate PDF file, and export the sections of the selected chapters as separate PDF files.
The script displays this dialog:
Select the files you want to export and the preset you want to use, select one of the three export modes (see below). Then select the folder where the PDF files should be placed. Press OK to export the selected documents.
Each book chapter is exported as a separate PDF file.
The selected documents are exported page by page. PDF file names are constructed by adding the page number to the document's name.
The selected documents are exported section by section. With Use section markers in the file names checked, the script constructs PDF file names by adding the contents of the document's section marker to the document's name (section markers are set in the Numbering and Section Options dialog in InDesign). If you happen to have several sections with the same name, then the script adds sequential numbers to the PDF file names.
If you opt not to use section markers, or if the section marker contains no text, then the script adds the sections's page range to the name, as in reviews_123-126.pdf.
To have each produced PDF file loaded in Acrobat Reader separately, check check View PDF after exporting.
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29 Oct. 2012: added the possibility to select an output folder for the PDF files.
2 October 2011: added the option to export documents section by section.
13 July 2011: the script can now be used to export documents page by page. File names are now displayed neater (accents and spaces are displayed better).
27 November 2010: fixed problem with file names.
7 Oct 2010: changed the progress indicator.
15 July 2010: Added checkbox to enable/disable PDF viewing after export.
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