3 Replies Latest reply on Mar 11, 2013 12:07 AM by Joe_Caldwell

    Interactive PDF page view options.

    Joe_Caldwell Level 1

      Hi, everyone.


      I am confused with the page view options when creating an interactive PDF document from InDesign CS6.


      My 16-page PDF booklet was intended to be viewed with two page spread. As I uploaded it to a website that converts it into a page flip document, the resulting document has instead two pages fitted into each single page – it appears to be seeing every two-page spread as a single page.


      I have searched for a tutorial on the page display options in InDesign and Acrobat when creating PDF documents but haven't found anything helpful.


      What have I done wrong and how to I get my PDF to display the pages properly ? Is there a good tutorial or help page you can recommend that would cover the page display choices available in these two applications ?


      Is it possible to change document properties for my already created PDF file to change the way pages are displayed or do I need to export the document again from InDesign to correct this problem ?


      Thank you in advance,



        • 1. Re: Interactive PDF page view options.
          Larry G. Schneider Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Open the PDF in Acrobat and from File menu, choose Properties. It should open a dialog and you want the Initial View tab. Play around with these and see what they do.


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          • 2. Re: Interactive PDF page view options.
            Petteri_Paananen Level 4

            You probably have exported your document as spreads instead of pages. Fortunately you can change that in CS6 (in CS5 you couldn´t)...

            You can´t change that very easily in Acrobat, changing view settings won´t probably help because you already have 2 InDesign pages on every PDF page. Even if you choose to view single pages in Acrobat, you will see 2 pages at the time. I suggest that you re-export and change the setting marked with red triangle (on image below)




            If you feel that re-exporting from InDesign is really hard, you can download handy little script for acrobat from:



            If the first page in your document is a single page, check the comments. I have send a question about remaining the first page untouched, you can download a special version of that script which do that...you´ll find a link right after my comment...


            I must warn you tough, script just duplicate pages and crop odd and even pages differently (you can also do that by yourself but it´s quite time consuming). Acrobat is notorius for its cropping method. Any page content will not be destroyed and most of the PDF processing systems (like flipping page converters) will ignore the cropping and show the whole spread anyway... so if it´s possible to re-export, I would do that.....

            • 3. Re: Interactive PDF page view options.
              Joe_Caldwell Level 1

              Hi, Petteri.


              Thank you for your helpful and really detailed reply. As soon as I made the changes you recommended the document began to behave the way I wanted. As you pointed out I had selected to export as Spreads instead of Pages. The choices for view and layout I left as default and the exported documented came out just as I wanted it.


              Thank you again for your help.