Preserve filename on PDF export
This is a common issue having looked around the internet for a solution...
PDF export uses the name of the file up until the point where a user changes the name of the PDF before export, then saves the file after the export is done. That changed name is then written into the file and used as this is the expected behaviour.
However, this becomes an issue if you are repurposing the same artwork at different sizes (for example) where you have to manually override the filename on each export.
It would be great if a future InDesign build had a checkbox to PRESERVE THE FILENAME on export thus improving workflow and productivity in busy studios where work is time critical.
The feature to “Preserve Filename on PDF Export” was introduced in InDesign 2019 in the PDF Export dialog.
The option is called “Use InDesign Document Name as the Output Filename”.
Marking this Feature Request as Completed.
Adobe InDesign team
Thanks all for your comments.
Moving this to Under Review for us to review further. I'll share more details around how we are thinking about this feature in a few weeks.
I prepared a screenshot-montage, but cant share it here. So, i only have a german client, but in the programm-prefs » file handling ("Dateihandhabung") » InDesign-file saving ("InDesign-Dateien speichern") »
[ ] use document filename as export default
Should be off by default, to please the users liking the current behaviour.
I'd prefer #4 its more logical, but in Adobe InDesign Forum in a discussion about that, there were users strictly defending the current behavoiur be viable for their workflow.
I just checked – InD saves for all export-type. If I export MyFilename.indd as JPG and call it MyNewFilename.jpg, the next PDF-Export will also be default MyNewFilename.pdf.
So it has to be a document setting I guess, rather than a export setting, since export-setting (filename dialog) are passed when I use export-pdf-presets.
But I dislike housing another document preference into the InD-preferences, because I already cant differ between programm-wide and document-settings. Thats a project for another day (e.g. markers?)
So logically it has to go into InD-preferences:
Steve Edwards commented
My preference would be 4. To change the behaviour so InDesign always shows the InDesign file name on export. Personally, it's very rare that I want the PDF to be called something different to the INDD file.