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How can I extract a list of all layer names into either a text or .csv file.? What Acrobat or scripting tools are available to do this task?

The list will be used to create a table communicating to commercial printers what layers should be activated for any particular print run. Each PDF may contain 15 to 50 such layers, combined to create 5 to 30 unique print pieces. Our PDFs are exported directly from InDesign.

I expect the resulting text to be pastable into a column within an excel file, or for the resulting .csv file to contain the layer names within individual cells of column one.

  • indesign supports vbscript, applescript, and javascript – Yorik Oct 24 at 18:53
  • Have you talked to the printer if this is something they offer? I work in print myself, and I wouldn't want to take the responsibility to do all that layer toggling. i would ask the client to send separate PDFs. Furthermore, the program used to send the PDFs to print might not offer the possibility to toggle layers. Most print shops use dedicated software to print/create offset sheets - not necessarily Acrobat. – Wolff Oct 28 at 18:12

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