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Old 01-07-2015, 10:16 AM   #1
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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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Old 01-08-2015, 08:18 AM   #7
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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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Old 01-08-2015, 08:31 AM   #8
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Hello, batti--

I agree with Steve, this would be a very tedious job, assuming it can be done at all. For instance, you can produce layered PDFs in Illustrator, but Illustrator wasn't designed for multi-page documents, so doing this with 300 pages would be a fate worse than death, unless you could set up a script (say, with Applescript), something along the lines of:

• Make Illustrator active
• Open next PDF file in Folder A
• Create new layer
• Place next PDF file in Folder B on new layer
• Save document as layered PDF to Folder C
• Repeat

After which, you'd just use Acrobat to "Create PDF from Multiple Files..."

But I'm no good at Applescript, so I can't help you with this.

If you could tell us WHY you want to do this, perhaps we could come up with a better or easier alternative. For example, if the purpose of this exercise is to be able to compare two versions of a single document by viewing version "A" and "B" on different layers, then there is a "Compare Documents" option in Acrobat (Pro version, at least) that will automatically go through both documents and produce a third document with all the differences highlighted.

   
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Old 01-08-2015, 08:36 AM   #9
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Yes sure,
I have a book in different languages and the client wants to see a proof in pdf.
so i have a cmyk.pdf(the book) and the then i have italian.pdf(black only) english.pdf(black only) ect.. actually if there is a way to combine the 2 pdfs togather will be fine, like setting the cmyk.pdf in back ground and the italian in another layer in front
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Ah, I see. You have a basic layout and want to be able to see it in different languages by clicking different layers.

Sorry, I can't think of a good way of doing that.

It seems to me there would be other problems, particularly with line wrapping/copy fitting. Some phrases might use 10 words in English, but 15 bigger words in Italian (or vice-versa), so how would you deal with that?

I guess if I had to something like that, I would set up a layout in Indesign, then thread together all the text frames so you could flow (Place) the different language text into the layout, and do one version for each language. But you'd still have to go through page by page and make sure the line wrapping/copy fitting was OK for each language. I can't think of any practical way of doing it all in one layered PDF.

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