Placing All the Pages of a PDF Inside InDesign
It’s easy enough to import a PDF into an InDesign document, either as an entire document or by specific pages, but you have to click to place each page. This isn’t a huge burden with a relatively small PDF file, but can be an overwhelming task with a hefty document.
The PlaceMultipagePDF script by Olav Martin Kvern—which ships free with InDesign—is ready to help with such a Herculean task. It does as its name suggests and places the many pages that comprise your incoming PDF all in one go. And while it does as advertised, it’s a one-trick pony: It places all the pages without giving you much in the way of options. That’s where a third-party option can come in handy.
Our quest for a better solution many moons ago led us to the discovery of the PDFplacer script by Scott Zanelli. When we were first was introduced to this script, Zanelli wrote about some things his script did that the included script didn’t:
“…it allows the user to choose a page range from the PDF being placed, the crop type to use when placing, the page in the InDesign document to start placing on (adding new pages as needed), where to place it on the page (upper right, centered, etc., and using an optional offset), and whether to scale the PDF to the existing page size. If an InDesign doc isn’t open, it will read the size from the PDF and create a new InDesign document at the size of the PDF before placing the pages.”
One thing that wasn’t mentioned was that it’s not just for placing PDF files, but can be used to place multiple page InDesign files as well! There have been several versions—and a name change to MultiPageImporter—since we discovered this versatile PDF file placer, here are links to those iterations:
The latest stable version is maintained by Mike Edel can be found here:
Note that there is a user guide included with version 2.5 which would still be very handy to have to guide you through using the latest version. Thank you Scott and Mike for this great time-saver!
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