1 Reply Latest reply: Feb 7, 2011 1:20 PM by Dave Merchant RSS

    Adobe Acrobat Overlay PDF Help

    Seth.RSD19 Community Member

      Is it possible to overlay specific pages within a PDF document?  For example, I have an Excel printout, which is then run through a printer again to print a report from access on the bottom of the same page.  It appears that Acrobat 9 can do this using the Background feature, but it is difficult to control.  Basically, I may have any number of pages, that may need different backgrounds within a whole document.  The problem I run into is if i make a mistake and use the wrong background PDF, when i remove it, it removes every background I may have used in document.  The goal is to streamline a yearly publication that includes pieces from word, excel, access, and visio.  The current situation causes many pages to be fed through the printer as many as 3 times for reports and page numbers.  At the end, I feed the whole paper version back though a copier to PDF it.  Does Acrobat X expand on this feature or is there another Adobe Product I should be looking at to compile this publication.  Thanks

        • 1. Re: Adobe Acrobat Overlay PDF Help
          Dave Merchant ACP/MVPs

          Acrobat X doesn't add anything to the optional content group (OCG, aka "layer") manipulation features found in earlier versions, so to do anything major with layers you need to use third-party plugins such as ARTS PDF Aerialist Pro.

           

           

          If you want to import one PDF page as an OCG on one page of another PDF, you can use the layers pane tools. Open the navigation tab on the left of the Acrobat interface and show the layers pane, then click the tools icon below the word "Layers" and select "Import as layer".

           

          This will only bring in one page at a time, and OCG operations cannot be undone in Acrobat without a plugin, as Acrobat doesn't recognize the actions of the layers tools as a step on the undo list, nor can you delete a OCG or move content from one OCG to another (aside from flattening them).

           

          To import the same page as an OCG on every page in a file (or a subset thereof) you should use the watermark or background tools (watermarks can add text too; but they both do the same as the tool on the layers pane, but don't list the new OCG in the stack). If you want to collate-merge two multi-page documents or merge pages of the same document into a stack, you'll need to use a plugin or automate the above steps using a script (though scripted solutions for this type of thing tend to result in a horrible mess).