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Old 01-07-2015, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default Combine 2 pdfs in 1 pdf

Hi, i have 2 pdfs same size, orientation and number of pages which i want to
merge together in layers


ex. a.pdf (300pages) and b.pdf(300 pages)
I want to overlay page 1 of a.pdf on page 1 of b.pdf
and so on

any help how can i do this, i am working with mac platform

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:23 AM   #2
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First...welcome to the forum...'-}}

Do you have Acrobat?

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Old 01-07-2015, 10:28 AM   #3
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thanks, yes i do
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Old 01-07-2015, 10:34 AM   #4
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Figured you did but wanted to make sure. I'm no shakes when it comes to Acrobat--hopefully someone with more experience will pop in--because I've not used it much but...have you tried "Combine Files" (File > Combine Files)?

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yes i want to combine together in layers, the most i came near is adding a background in acrobat but i couldnt combine all the pages at 1 go
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I don't know of any way of doing this with Acrobat itself (other than combining the two files then manually moving pages around ... very tedious).

It'd be worth checking whether Quite Imposing can do what you're after.;
http://www.quite.com/imposing/features.htm

   
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I don't know of any way of doing this with Acrobat itself (other than combining the two files then manually moving pages around ... very tedious).

It'd be worth checking whether Quite Imposing can do what you're after.;
http://www.quite.com/imposing/features.htm
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Another way to turn around it is merging the file with data merge in indesign but i am not sure if i can use data merge for pdf docs, i managed to do it with psd, and jpg but cannot merge with pdf docs. Any idea if there is a method to do data merge with pdf's in indesign please?
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I think I saw InDesign on a friend's computer once, back in the last century. I'm not the best person to ask. Somebody else will have to hop in on this one.

But if you can create the merged document in any app and then print to PDF, wouldn't that work as well? Or is PDF all you have as source material?

   
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Another way to turn around it is merging the file with data merge in indesign but i am not sure if i can use data merge for pdf docs, i managed to do it with psd, and jpg but cannot merge with pdf docs. Any idea if there is a method to do data merge with pdf's in indesign please?
Been a long time since I deeply dug into InDesign but when you import a PDF it's going to want to convert it into native (to ID) things (or raster images) so your notion of round tripping via ID is probably not the best.

Are you wanting to impose two pages (making 1 larger or possibly overlaid via layers page) or merge documents such as 1.pdf p1-5 merged with 2.pdf p1-5 yields 3.pdf p1-10?

The later can be done easily in Acrobat.
The former is going to take a tool that can edit PDFs. Probably in the form of a plug in for Acrobat.

Someone here can probably point you to a good place to locate Acrobat plug-ins or get more information regarding that sort of thing (planetpdf?).
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if you don't have a ton of material to rework and want to layer things, Illustrator may actually be your best bet.
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