Skip navigation
Currently Being Moderated

Export an alternate layout from a indesign book

Apr 15, 2013 6:13 AM

Tags: #pdf_export #alternate_layout #indesign_book



I'm working on a big file, which has been, for size reasons, separated in multiple files that have then been assembled in an indesign book


Problem: This document is edited for print and also as an interactive pdf for ipad, which is why I have created an alternate layout for the ipad version, which contains a navigation based on hyperlinks, linking different pages and documents from the Book.



But here is the thing, when exporting the whole book to pdf (using the Indesign Book panel), I can't choose the layout I want to export, as I can do when I export from a single document with several alternate layouts

Capture d’écran 2013-04-15 à 14.40.04.jpg

What I get when I export from a single file with two alternate layouts to interactive pdf

Capture d’écran 2013-04-15 à 14.38.59.jpg

What I get when I export the Indesign Book with two alternate layouts to an interative pdf



Why is that? Is there a way I can export only one layout without having to RE-assemble the whole document into one file?

If I export the whole book as it is, my two alternate layouts are just following each other and it's a big mess, not to mention the hyperlinks don't work anymore.


Also, if the only way is to make one file, the file is then too heavy to be worked with, it's 280 pages long, with HD images on every page ( and the alternate layouts double the pages...)


Does anyone have a solution?

  • Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 15, 2013 7:16 AM   in reply to LTanquerel

    The Book panel was never designed for Alternate Layouts. When the engineers were working on that feature, they had a whole lot of stuff to add and that was not the priority. The priority was export for Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.


    Why not break into two or three files which are shorter, with alternate layouts in each?

    Mark as:

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Answers + Points = Status

  • 10 points awarded for Correct Answers
  • 5 points awarded for Helpful Answers
  • 10,000+ points
  • 1,001-10,000 points
  • 501-1,000 points
  • 5-500 points