3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 11, 2012 9:40 AM by Michael Gianino RSS

    Arabic page numbers turning to Roman numerals when exporting to PDF

    csiu425

      Hi all,

       

      I have a bit of a perplexing InDesign issue here. I'm working with a book file, where I have a few roman numeral pages (say 20) and then the rest of the book is in regular Arabic numerals (say 100). It looks perfectly fine when I look at it in InDesign.

       

      When I export to PDF, the page numbers also look fine on the actual pages, but I get an issue in the page navigation box in Acrobat (the space where you can enter in the page number that you want to jump to). For example, page 1 in my book appears as page xxi in the Acrobat toolbar.

       

      I know it doesn't affect the printed pages at all, but my colleague uses that Acrobat page number field a lot and obviously doesn't want make a mistake because of this issue. Has anyone encountered something like this? The roman numeral issue goes until the end of chapter 1, and then chapter 2 appears with its correct Arabic numeral, and I really can't think of anything I might have done to get chapter 1 to act differently.

       

      Many thanks!

        • 1. Re: Arabic page numbers turning to Roman numerals when exporting to PDF
          Michael Gianino Community Member

          That's not what I get. I can type 27 into the Go to Page ?? field, and it goes to the page that's numbered as 27, rather than the 27th page of the PDF, which would be 7 in your case. If I want to go to the 7th page, I have to type in VII.

           

          What versions are you using?

          1. InDesign
          2. Acrobat
          3. OS

           

          Are you exporting to PDF or printing to PostScript and distilling? What PDF settings are you using?

          • 2. Re: Arabic page numbers turning to Roman numerals when exporting to PDF
            csiu425 Community Member

            HI Michael,

             

            Thanks for your attention. I'm using InDesign 5.5 and Acrobat X, operating on Windows 7. In this scenario, I just created the PDF (print quality) straight out of InDesign -- that's what I usually do for in-office use (and then I use printer-specific settings when I produce the final files).

             

            I know what you mean about entering "vii" to get to the 7th page of the PDF; unfortunately right now it's that I have to enter "xxi" to get to what should be numbered "1". The pages/chapters are numbered correctly when I look in my InDesign book panel, but it's just that chapter 1 comes out with unwanted roman numerals when I open it in Acrobat. It also doesn't happen with every book of mine, which only adds to the confusion:)

             

            Any advice you have would be awesome. Thanks!

            • 3. Re: Arabic page numbers turning to Roman numerals when exporting to PDF
              Michael Gianino Community Member

              Maybe the InDesign document has some minor corruption. Try exporting it as IDML and opening the IDML back in InDesign. If it doesn't output correctly, it obviously wasn't the solution, so there will be no need to keep the new document. If it does work, you can save it and keep using it, but you might want to keep the original for a while, just in case.