As for creating my book, I have found that if I create the single Indesign pages (each contain a page-size PDF) in increments of 50 pages per document (so could have 3 documents of 50 pages each getting added to my book), the books are created MUCH faster (less than a minute). However, exporting that book as a PDF still took roughly 11 minutes.
Does anyone know if there is a faster way to export this? I'm just trying to avoid time-outs on the server. Is there a way I could add pages/documents to an existing PDF (instead of exporting the entire book/document as one PDF)? If that were the case I could just add 50 pages at a time to the PDF and maybe not even need the book anymore?
Ultimately, I just need an efficient way to get all pages into a single PDF.
Thanks in advance for any help!
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if you use Acrobat 9 Pro you easily can combine all your PDFs into one file. Go to:
File / Combine / Merge Files into a Single PDF
If you use Acrobat X Pro go to:
File / Create / Combine Files into a Single PDF
From then on it's quite self-explanatory…
Thanks for the reply!
I think I read something about using Acrobat as well, however, I'll need a way to automate this using InDesign Server and scripting, so Acrobat won't be an option.
Do your pages contain anything but a page-size pdf? If not—if your goal is simply to combine single-page pdfs into a larger, multi-page pdf—why use InDesign at all?
I don't know what your workflow looks like, but on Mac/*nix, I would use something like pdftk for this.
I assume there's some way to run a command-line program from VBScript? I don't know. If there is, and if your pages contain InDesign content as well as placed pdfs, you could export each page/document to pdf, and then combine the new pdfs with your existing multi-page pdf by shelling out to pdftk or something similar.
why not expanding the time-out of your server?
My solution to this is to create my single page documents in increments of 25. So for 100 pages, I'll have 4 documents. These can be added to a book much faster, and the export also seems much quicker!