In Adobe Illustrator CS5, you now have the capability give a name to each artboard in your illustrator file.
I understand that you can easily save each artboard as separate AI files but I would like to save them as separate PDFs instead.
Does anyone have a good workaround, script, or know the actual method of doing so?
All I can possibly theorize is to save the artboards as separate PDFs and then have Acrobat convert those artboards to PDFs.
yes Scott is correct.
as long as you are saving files as AI with " Create PDF compatibility on" the AI files are as good as PDF files (saved with default settings).
so unless you need to modify the pdf settings while creating artboard specificPDF files from a Multiple Artboard file saving to AI file with "Save each artboard to seprate file should suffice"
but if you need to modify the PDF settings then the following links could be useful :
Here is the simplest way to save each artboard to individual PDFs:
In Illustrator, when you click "Save As...", the first window that pops up (where you enter the file name and choose the location to save the file in) has an option at the bottom where you can indicate the range of artboards you want to save. For example: "Range: 1-2". If you were to put "1" it would only save Artboard 1 to the file.
There's a script that does this: Matthew Ericson's Multiexporter.jsx script.
It's a very good script.
By default it's set to export each artboard as a PNG, but you can change this in the drop-down at the bottom to PDF (or EPS or JPG).
It uses the artboard names for the filenames, and you can add your own filename prefixes and suffixes.
It takes PDF export options from the last time you saved a PDF. If there are hundreds of artboards, you might want to check you didn't have "View PDF after saving" ticked...
It also has the option to export layers as seperate PDFs or PNGs, or both layers and artboards.