11 Replies Latest reply on Nov 10, 2016 7:50 AM by Laubender

    PDF options


      Hi everyone,


      Is it possible to set a PDF to show bookmarks through scripting in InDesign (as in after exporting in the script, can you access the PDF DOM?)? Or does this need to be done directly in Acrobat?


      I'd want to do the same as:  properties>navigation tab>bookmarks panel and page



        • 1. Re: PDF options
          Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

          Hi Jake,


          As far as I know you can't do it from the InDesign side so you would either have to send the pdf to Acrobat with some more vbs and have acrobat set the view options or try hack the raw binary file pdf file.

          In other words see what acrobat does to the binary file and see if you can emulate that.

          It might be quite easy or it might be not practical.





          • 2. Re: PDF options
            jakec42735283 Level 1

            Thanks Trevor, I'll do some experiments

            • 3. Re: PDF options
              Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional



              The hack method could be quite tough but the vbs looks simple.

              See How do I create PDF with JAVASCRIPT using VBS ? (JavaScript)

              The js method from the acrobat DOM is this.pane = 'Bookmark'; (or this.pane = 'B')

              Might be bookmark with a small b, I can't rembember


              The script they give there is

              Dim AcroApp
              Set AcroApp = CreateObject("AcroExch.App")
              Set objPDDocNew = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
              If objPDDocNew.Create() = False Then
                MsgBox "Could not create new file"
              End If
              Set objPDDoc = CreateObject("AcroExch.PDDoc")
              If objPDDoc.Open("C:\tmp\Untitled.pdf") = False Then
                MsgBox "Could not open existing file"
              End If
              lngPages = objPDDoc.GetNumPages
              'MsgBox "Existing doc page num " & lngPages
              'Add pages to new file
              If objPDDocNew.InsertPages(-1, objPDDoc, 0, lngPages, True) = False Then
                MsgBox "Could not insert pages"
              End If  
              Dim jso
              Set jso = objPDDocNew.GetJSObject
              jso.addScript "DocScript", "function f() {app.alert('doc alert')} f();"
              Set jso = Nothing
              If objPDDocNew.Save(1, "C:\tmp\tmp.pdf") = False Then
                MsgBox "Could not save"
              End If  
              Set objPDDocNew = Nothing
              Set objPDDoc = Nothing
              Set AcroApp = Nothing

              So I would guess if your created document variable is objDoc then in vbs one would do Set objDoc.Pane = "Bookmark"





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              • 5. Re: PDF options
                jakec42735283 Level 1

                Hi Trevor,


                Thanks for the link


                I've made an action in Acrobat which does this, would it be easier to run the action using vb/javascript?

                • 6. Re: PDF options
                  Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

                  I would guess vbs but I would advise asking on the acrobat scripting thread above.

                  Gilad (Try67) knows a lot more about acrobat workflow than me

                  • 7. Re: PDF options
                    Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Hi Jake,

                    the following is not meant as a "solution", but a possible way one could explore.

                    And yes, it can be done with some ExtendScript, InDesign's printing to PostScript feature and distilling to PDF by using Acrobat Distiller. E.g. by writing to a Distiller hotfolder. Not by using export to PDF. But since you are using bookmarks created with InDesign and exported to PDF, this may not be reliable.


                    I'm speaking of pdfmark annotations that can be placed with one or several generic EPS files to InDesign pages.
                    But the interpretation of this kind of annotations for PDFs can only made by Acrobat Distiller when creating a PDF out of PostScript or EPS.


                    The basic code of the EPS file is very simple, pure text that can be written to a file with suffix ".eps".

                    The EPS file will be later placed by using ExtendScript's method place() . Simple as that.


                    Code for a minimal EPSF header:

                    %!PS-Adobe-3.0 EPSF-3.0
                    %%BoundingBox: 0 0 72 72


                    Code for a minimal footer:



                    Between header and footer can go the pdfmark annotation stuff. See here what's possible:





                    Page 29:

                    Document open options (DOCVIEW)


                    A code like the one below inside an EPS will be translated by Distiller to include an instruction for Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro to open the PDF with bookmarks showing:


                    [ /PageMode /UseOutlines /DOCVIEW pdfmark


                    If your bookmarks are simple ones, e.g. from a TOC with an InDesign document, you could also extract the necessary information for "Title" and "Pagenumber" for every bookmark by using the ExtendScript DOM and build your own bookmarks with pdfmark instructions. See Page 26: Bookmarks (OUT)


                    It's a shame that InDesign's PDF Export will not evaluate pdfmark instructions that come with placed EPS files.



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                    • 8. Re: PDF options
                      Trevorׅ Adobe Community Professional

                      Very interesting, Uwe, be hear if it can be got to work

                      • 9. Re: PDF options
                        Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                        Hi Trevor,

                        forgot a line of PostScript, that should be included before doing the pdfmark annotations in the EPS code.
                        That line will disable the pdfmarks when printed on a PostScript printer, because pdfmark code will throw an error with the PostScript RIP:


                        /pdfmark where {pop} {userdict /pdfmark /cleartomark load put} ifelse



                        • 10. Re: PDF options
                          jakec42735283 Level 1

                          Thanks for all your help, I'll have a look into this and if I find a solution I'll be sure to post it here

                          • 11. Re: PDF options
                            Laubender Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                            Hi Jake,


                            if you want to explore the pdfmark route, see the following ExtendScript script by Muppet Mark that is distilling a PostScript file with Acrobat Distiller using some parameters:

                            Re: how to run system command


                            You could also do a "Watched Folder" with Distiller where you move a PostScript file to.
                            Used together with a hotfolder from Acrobat Pro where you can run a preflight process automatically.


                            ( That's also a note to myself :-) )