Add the ability to Name Pages
We build all our digital ads in indesign. 20 pages at 20 unique sizes. When we export to jpegs, we have to go and manually name every single image with the file name.
It would be nice if we could tag the file dimensions to each page and have this information export as a suffix to the original file name.
i.e. 0000-Client Code-'600x600', 0000-Client Code-'1280x760'
The pages would allow us to assign the 600x600 and the 1280x760 to the page for exporting and would carry over from document to document.
Please and thank you for your consideration.
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Audrey Shores commented
There's a way to kind of give the pages names, albeit very short ones, and they do not appear to carry through to the file names. Some people may find it helpful, however.
Right-click on the page in the Pages panel and select Numbering and Section Options. Under the Page Numbering section you can add a Section Prefix (make sure the Start Section checkbox is selected). It will continue on every page until you change it by "starting" a new section on another page.
@Max - Again, that script is not tenable in a team environment. It would be hard to get dozens of people to all use the script the same way and then script licensing has to be managed - sometimes across teams that are funded differently. When it comes to software design, user experience is everything. The function needs to be baked into InDesign in a way that is self-evident to users so we can get teams to utilize it. I think folks in this thread have done a good job of defining how it should work.
This morning I found the perfect script totally by chance that pretty much implements every feature request from every post that's on this thread. There's a free 30 day trial and it costs just 32 USD, which I am more than happy to pay!
I did some user-testing of the Bookmarks feature, and while I can see how it is implementable within a team setting, it would take a lot more management to implement successfully as opposed to something as self-evident as being able to name the pages. My wife demoed Canva's solution to this and it works a lot like Adobe XD. Each Artboard has a one click updateable name above the top left of the artboard. When you export artboards, that name carries through to the file name, which is perfect. Being able to pass data such as the artboard size with a one click checkbox would add value to the system as you wouldn't have to hand key that in as a name.
Kelly Vaughn commented
While we wait for this feature to be implemented by the InDesign team, I wanted to recommend another idea that may be helpful to those of you who are wanting this feature.
PDF Stickies by Kerntiff Publishing: https://www.kerntiff.co.uk/products-4-indesign/pdfstickies
This plugin utilizes InDesign notes and converts them to PDF sticky notes upon PDF export. The great thing about this is that the notes can either be in their own text frame, or as part of threaded text, the text reflows, the note will stay with the text to which it relates. This has become my #1 most valuable InDesign plugin and my entire technical publishing workflow depends on it. In my case, I fill these notes with questions for the reviewer, or notes for myself about things I need to check before final output (to printer or delivery to the customer). But you could also use the Notes to add your own page labels, like Business Card, Envelope, etc.
I even go so far as to have a script in Acrobat that color-codes the notes based on content. So all the ones that start with "Note to Kelly" are turned yellow. All the ones that start with "Photo Request" are turned blue, etc. It makes for handy visual grouping (in the PDF comments pane) of the various types of information still needed to finalize the document.
My documents contains often more than 200 comments, so that color coding might be a bit overkill for small documents with only a couple of categories of information (like an identity package), but for long documents, it's an invaluable tool.
I'd also like to echo the recommendation for utilizing InDesign Bookmarks feature. That functionality already built into the program and work great to help navigate a complex document (like a magazine layout).
And as other users said, simply naming an Page would be great.
"15min pause in presentation"
"image not ready"
"does not matter since it is at the end of the filename so people may use it or not but some may find it incredibly useful"
One more wish:
Could the Export please add the same options for a prefix?
would be an example where numbering in the front is useful. Lightroom has great options with the filenames at the export.
Hi, i love the fact, that the new export gets rid of the problem with
but now we have
could you please add an option where we could write instead of ^# something like ^###? A lot of other programs use this method, even some from Adobe i think.
Creative Overlord commented
@James nailed it, that's exactly what I want.
@James - Well said! I haven't been able to download the PreRelease because of authentication issues (I emailed sharewithID@adobe.com to hopefully figure that out). But based on what I've read, I appreciate being able to automatically pass through data like the page size in px to the export filenames and being able to tag pages to be skipped during export. but like James said, a big part of this feature is to be able to organize your document by labeling each page. This system would be very useful when working in teams. We pass files between multiple designers, so page names would be helpful in making document structure self-evident to someone picking up work on a document. Especially with you guys pushing the new cloud-based collaboration system. And then passing these names to files upon export would be a huge time saver. Sorry to dig, but I mentioned this feature to my wife, and she told me Canva has it :) I can't confirm, but productivity features like this are a big deal to folks and teams who use InDesign on a daily basis.
Until it's properly implemented you could try my method. It requires Acrobat Pro as well. I tried both scripts in this thread, but without success. I always feel inferior when others sing praises and I can't do it.
Create a paragraph style to be used later as a table of contents.
Create a text frame with the desired file name and place it, for example, on a non-printing layer. The text frame can also be placed outside the page, but must protrude into the page at one edge (see screenshot step1).
Create a table of contents. This table of contents now contains the desired file names and has bookmarks created at the same time. The table of contents can lie outside the page and the text frame can be smaller than the toc (see screenshots step2, step3).
(Alternatively, of course, bookmarks can be created directly for each page if no informal text is needed below the respective page).
Exports this PDF with the Bookmarks option (see screenshot step4).
Use Acrobat Pro to split the document into individual pages with the option to use the bookmarks as file names (see screenshot step5).
Sorry, for the german program versions.
Disadvantages of this method:
Doesn't work if your file contains bookmarks for another reason.
The file names must all be unique.
The files must be created without PDF/X standard.
It is relatively complicated. :)
The feature in the new PreRelease build is NOT what people were asking for, per se. The ability to have the exported files appended with the page size is nice, but this isn't page naming.
What we want is the ability to go into the Pages panel, right click on a page and give it a name. Then when exported, the exported file gets appended withe the page name.
For example, if you create a document named "ClientIdentity" which contains a business card, envelope and letterhead (obviously 3 different page sizes), it would be nice to be able to name the pages "business-card," "envelope," and "letterhead." Then when exporting as individual page PDF, the file names would be "ClientIdentity_business-card.pdf", "ClientIdentity_envelope.pdf", and "ClientIdentity_letterhead.pdf"
@AK's comment is bang on the money for me. I know about the Mars Premedia script, and it is great when you are a one-man team. But If Adobe built this function into the Page panel, it would be self-evident to folks opening the file what each page is supposed to be. And it would work for so many use cases from social designs, to presentations, to simply labeling sections of books. Passing the labeling through to file names on export would be a huge time saver. This is such a simple function to implement that would make a big difference to designers that need it.
This would also be great for generally naming/labeling pages in the page panel for navigation purposes. We build presentations in ID and it would be so helpful to have an idea of the content of each slide when scrolling through the panel.
There is an amazing script made by Mars Premedia that does what I think you are asking for. It can be used to export PDFs, JPGs & PNGs by extracting text (visible or not) with an applied paragraph and/or character style. The first time I used this script, it paid for itself! It's just that helpful. It's like having an extra employee without having to pay them. As of this posting, there is a 30-day free trial. At least try it. You won't be sorry.
As of this posting, a single-user perpetual license can be purchased by following the link below. Pay once, no subscription, use forever.
Export Named Pages Script:
There are also 2 YouTube video tutorials created by the maker of this product. The first is the original script & the second video contains updated material from one of the more recent updates:
One more thing. Look at his changelog! He continues to update the script with some very valuable new functionalities based on the feedback he gets from users. A scripting genius with superb customer support! I believe he really cares about his work and how it affects people's lives & I really appreciate that.
Creative Overlord commented
Todd’s instructions below are fab, BUT only work for PDF files - you then have to batch process in PS if you want to convert ads to jpg or png - which is yet another needless step. We need this built in, not a paid add on from another company.
PLEASE INDESIGN GODS, PLEASE!
*also please add gif export for things created using the animations palette ;-)
Sami Gale commented
If you're on a mac, check out Output Factory by Zevrix. It's amazing and will do exactly what you need. It's a godsend for me as I batch output hundreds of files at once all individually named.
Chad Howard commented
FIVE YEARS LATER ... does adobe actually read these?
I have been using ID for 12 years and I have never seen this forum before, and I still google for help & to learn weekly. 🤷♂️ I don't know how I missed this forum since this is my first time here. It is also the first post that I have read, and my first comment. That is why I am asking if they even read these.
I mean five years and 302 votes makes me think that they don't read them.
I would love this feature so hard right now!
I am constantly having to rename PNGs for social media post designs. This one is this many pixels so it's -FB, this one is -TW, and this one is -MySpace (😆) It is so annoying, and sometimes frustrating (like today)!
Pleas add this feature yesterday!
Todd Magee commented
This feature IS available.
File > Export
Save As: "My Print Ads" or whatever you want your base file name to be
Check "Use InDesign Document Name as the Output Filename"
General > check "Create Separate PDF Files"
In the Suffix field use "^S" or select "Page Size" from the drop-down menu
Maurice Williams commented
Just thought I'd chime in here--plenty of people need to output digital assets from InDesign, especially now during the pandemic when less and less printing is happening. That script from marspremedia is great but we really need built-in output features on the level of Photoshop.