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Multipage PDF back for CS4?

Nov 13, 2008 9:30 AM

Hi guys,
I know that I should be asking this in the Photoshop forum, but you guys are so much nicer and knowledgeable.

I downloaded the optional plugin zip from Adobe, but it does not include PDF presentation. In our workflow, we open a card template (PSD) and populate it with the clients images and text. These are double sided/creased cards, so in the past we would simply choose automate/pdf presentation and choose multipage pdf and be done.

With CS4, we have to save the files to our desktop, then open bridge, select the files, click on output and change the settings to create the pdf.

As nice as the new output module in bridge is, we work in a production environment and this is really slowing us down.

I know that we could just keep using CS3 for these tasks, but I would love to find a solution in CS4.

Any suggestions? thanks
 
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    Nov 13, 2008 10:20 AM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    Hi Phil, I don't see it either. I hope we will be able to get it back for CS4.
     
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    Nov 13, 2008 10:34 AM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    Phil:

    Multiple-page PDF creation has been moved from Photoshop CS4 into Bridge CS4's Output Panel.

    This makes it available to the other applications in the Suite as well.
     
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    Nov 13, 2008 11:05 AM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    All that needs to be saved would be the individual image files themselves: you would then populate the multiple pages in Bridge.

    But wouldn't InDesign be a better application for this task anyway?

    Regarding a PDF Presentation plug-in: I don't think that this was ever handled with a plug-in there isn't one in CS3.
     
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    Nov 13, 2008 11:34 AM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    &gt; Regarding a PDF Presentation plug-in: I don't think that this was ever handled with a plug-in there isn't one in CS3. <br /> <br />Ann, <br /> <br />I think Phil was talking about this: <br /> <br /> <a href="http://www.pixentral.com/show.php?picture=1vGQFwzQTE9Jfj6VCsNR2 tMXfFiT1" /></a> <img alt="Picture hosted by Pixentral" src="http://www.pixentral.com/hosted/1vGQFwzQTE9Jfj6VCsNR2tMXfFiT1_th umb.jpg" border="0" />
     
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    Nov 13, 2008 11:56 AM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    Linda:

    I understood that.

    That "Automation" item (It may have been a Script?) has been removed from CS4 and there is no optional CS4 plug-in for it nor does there appear to be a CS3 plug-in for it.

    In CS4, this has to be done in Bridge/Output and you can customize the pages.

    If you put all the images that you want to use into a Bridge Collection (makes aliases to the original files); you can then populate your pages very quickly and automatically from the Collection which can be sorted manually if you wish.
     
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    Nov 13, 2008 12:28 PM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    Okay, thanks Ann.
     
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    Dec 28, 2008 5:54 PM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    I used the multi document creator in CS3 often. I was able to create nice compact multipage documents by choosing a jpg compression appropriate for each document. In CS4 Bridge I found what you are talking about. But most of the options are missing and I can't do what I used to be able to do. Am I missing something? Thanks!
     
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    Dec 28, 2008 6:00 PM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    No, you are not missing anything, Larry that's how it is now.

    Perhaps you will need to keep CS3 in addition to CS4 for this purpose.

    The way that I deal with the problem, is to make a Batch of JPEGs for the purpose; put the whole batch in a Bridge CS4 "Collection"; and then populate the PDF from the Collection.

    I do the same thing for Web Galleries too.
     
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    Dec 28, 2008 10:32 PM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook
    Ann - Thanks for your reply. It was very helpful and helped me move forward! Thanks.
     
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    Aug 26, 2009 3:38 PM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook

    Has there been a fix for this yet?  I put together pdf presentations from multiple folders, and bridge just does not work for me like I want it to....  Adobe always gives you so many ways of doing things I don't understand why they would take something away as useful as that..  If you are going to get rid of something get rid of lens flare or water color....

     
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    Apr 5, 2011 3:36 AM   in reply to Matthew Range

    Did Microsoft buy Adobe, or is there another explanation for the obtuseness of some recent "upgrade" features? I used to be able to make a multipage PDF in a couple of clicks straight from Photoshop. Then viewers could toggle from page to page and instantly see  differences. Now I have to launch Bridge and go through a NASA-worthy  preflight process with option this and option that BUT APPARENTLY NO OPTION TO MAKE  A MULTIPAGE PDF. I'm at a loss to figure out  why the presumably smart engineers at Adobe trashed a perfectly  convenient system and replaced it with this labyrinthine mess.

     
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    Apr 5, 2011 8:49 AM   in reply to Mike Norris

    I totally agree with you. Used to be able to make a simple contact sheet as well,but they decided to screw that feature up too. this forum used to be great too until they did a 180 degree turn into this pathetic mess.

     
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    Apr 5, 2011 10:45 AM   in reply to Donald Reese

    Who is "they"?

    Can you do something to correct the "pathetic mess"?

     
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    Apr 11, 2011 10:37 PM   in reply to Matthew Range

    Or layers, who needs those anyway?

     

                         

     
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    Apr 20, 2011 3:32 AM   in reply to Phil Scarsbrook

    I too want to complain about this, not only is the two click convinience downgraded in my upgrade :-( , but Adobe bridge is not stable on my system, in fact it locks up every time I open it. Its rubbish.

     

    This is really disappointing Adobe. I hope someone relevant to Adobe.corp is reading this. I'm using PhotoshopCS4

     

    AC

     
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    Apr 20, 2011 10:00 PM   in reply to Donald Reese

    Are you still on an earlier version? From what I have seen, simple contact sheets still can be made in bridge.

     

    The only difference I see is the sheet is saved as pdf, instead of jpg or other raster type.

     

    As a pdf it can be printed from any program that can load a pdf, which is what you would do with a jpg anyway. The benefit though is the pdf is totally editable in illustrator.

     

    BTW, I am using CS5... OH also it will do multipage pdf's

     

     

    Edit: Playing with it a bit, I did find a major drawback. It does not do a picture package.

     
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    Apr 20, 2011 10:33 PM   in reply to Silkrooster

    For anyone wanting the picture package/contact sheet. It is available as a optional download for CS5.

    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4688

     

    It appaears as though it is not available for CS4, Look on your Cd's and see if it is still there, thats the only thing I can think of as I don't have CS4.

     

    The picture package is also available in photoshop lightwave 3.

     
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    Apr 21, 2011 10:16 PM   in reply to Silkrooster

    For CS4:

     

    http://blogs.adobe.com/jnack/2009/04/a_few_useful_reminders.html

     

    If you’re using Photoshop CS4 and can’t find Extract, Contact Sheet,  Picture Package, Web Photo Gallery, you can download & install them:  Mac, Win.

     
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    Apr 21, 2011 11:08 PM   in reply to Silkrooster

    @Silkrooster, I'm using CS4 extended, and bridge only works for 4 seconds before locking up indefinately.

     

    I've definately found CS1 to be the superior application for Multipage PDF's hands down.

     

    Bridge? I'd consider it abandonware.

     

    Cheers

     

    AC

     
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    Apr 22, 2011 5:50 AM   in reply to Deepwater3d

    Silkrooster, is there a Mac download for that plugin? I cannot seem to find it on the download area.

     
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    Apr 22, 2011 3:38 PM   in reply to Donald Reese

    Donald,

     

    This might help:

     

    http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4964

     

     

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    Apr 22, 2011 6:17 PM   in reply to Tai Lao

    Many thanks.

     
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    Apr 22, 2011 9:21 PM   in reply to Donald Reese

    Sorry about that Donald. I have a bad habbit of assuming everyone is on a windows machine.

     
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    Apr 23, 2011 5:53 PM   in reply to Silkrooster

    Silkrooster wrote:

     

    …I have a bad habbit of assuming everyone is on a windows machine.

     

    A most unfortunate and completely wrong assumption, Silkrooster. 

     

    According to information frequently provided by both Adobe and Microsoft, sales of Photoshop and the Adobe Creative Suites, which include Photoshop of course, generally run 50-50, sometimes 60% to 40% in favor of Macintosh.  See for instance, Adobe Photoshop's Principal Program Manager John Nack's blog.

     

    While the overall market share of Apple is indeed much smaller than that of PCs in general, remember that the overwhelming majority of Windows boxes are procured by government and corporate entities, rather than bought by the end users.

     

    When it comes to photography and the graphic arts industries, Macs rule.  In the printing industry, Macs are the norm by a huge percentage.

     

     

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    Apr 24, 2011 9:53 PM   in reply to Tai Lao

    Which was why7 I said "bad habbit" It did not require a market statement.

     
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    Apr 24, 2011 10:20 PM   in reply to Silkrooster

    Well, one thing is a bad habit, another one a bad rabbit, but I don't know what a bad habbit [sic] is, even on Easter Sunday. 

     

    Your bad habit is not based on maliciousness or physiological disfunction but on ignorance.  That's why I mentioned market share for your edification, Silkrooster. 

     

     

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    Apr 24, 2011 11:25 PM   in reply to Tai Lao

    To accidently forget about the Mac systems is not ignorence.

    Ignorence is the lack of knowledge. which was not the case. and can be insulting. When accused of such. Hence my appology to Donald for my forgetfulness.

    If you don't like it, tough titty. I am done here...

     
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    Apr 25, 2011 5:01 AM   in reply to Silkrooster

    Silkrooster wrote:

     

    To accidently [sic] forget about the Mac systems is not ignorence [sic].

    Ignorence [sic] is the lack of knowledge. which was not the case. and can be insulting. When accused of such. Hence my appology [sic] to Donald for my forgetfulness.

    If you don't like it, tough titty. I am done here...

     

    <sarcasm>

     

    Ignorance is repeatedly misspelling words, such as ignorence for ignorance, or habbit for habit.  "Accidently" and "appology", which occur only once each, can be due to oversight or typing error  Do you know how to use the forum's or your web browser's spelling checker, Mr. Tough Titty ?  Or maybe there are no spelling-checking functions on your Windows box at all?

     

    </sarcasm>

     

    Geeze…

     

     

     

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    May 3, 2011 5:32 AM   in reply to Tai Lao

    I have downloaded the plug in and i see it in the correct root folder,but it never appears in the file-automate menu to actually use? I assume that is were contact sheet should be as it always was. anyone have any thoughts on why it wont show up ?  And yes i have restarted photoshop numerous times.

     
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    May 3, 2011 8:11 AM   in reply to Donald Reese

    I found my solution. had to switch to 32 bit,and then it shows up in the menu.

     
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