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I have an Illustrator CS5 file with several artboards. Each artboard is named. I can export this document to a multi-page PDF but the pages appear numbered when viewed in Acrobat.

I can renumber and rename the pages in Acrobat, and I can even write a script that can go in and add the proper objects to the PDF file after the fact to facilitate the naming. However, I'd like to avoid needing a script if possible since I have to pass this process off to another designer who isn't as technical.

Does vanilla Illustrator have any way to export a multi-page PDF with the pages named after the artboards?

  • Hey, how do you rename pages in Acrobat, manually? – Silly-V Jan 16 '17 at 21:49
  • @Silly-V yes, I was renaming them manually by double clicking on the pages in the page list. – Soviut Jan 16 '17 at 22:10
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Nope. Sorry. You'll simply get numbered pages. I don't think any Adobe app applies a name to an Acrobat page - only numbers with a prefix/suffix. And Illustrator can't do the prefix/suffix either.

  • That's too bad. It seems like a no brainer to me. I guess I'll have to go the scripting route. – Soviut Mar 7 '12 at 3:07
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There is a script written for this called multiexporter:

http://www.ericson.net/content/2011/06/export-illustrator-layers-andor-artboards-as-pngs-and-pdfs/

You can choose PDF. In the comments Jean Claude has described how to use your own pdf preset (I got some syntax errors because the quote marks didn't work when I copied and pasted so I just copied some from another part of the script)

Here is Jean Claude's instructions:

If you want to use a specific PDF Presets… Here is what you need to do.

Open the Script with ExtendScript Toolkit and search for:

} else if ( this.format == ‘PDF’ ) { options = new PDFSaveOptions(); options.compatibility = PDFCompatibility.ACROBAT5; options.generateThumbnails = true; options.preserveEditability = false;

Replace it with:

} else if ( this.format == 'PDF' ) { options = new PDFSaveOptions(); options.PDFPreset = 'NameOfPreset';

Just edit the ‘NameOfPreset’ with the name of your save preset. in between the ‘

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