Acrobat PDF page numbering

Subject: Acrobat PDF page numbering
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Lynne Wright" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- tiburoninc -dot- com>, "Elissa K. Miller" <emiller -at- doubleknot -dot- com>, "techwrl" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 10:26:45 -0800

Page numbering issue: Given that I only provide our docs as pdf, I've been thinking that I should rework the page numbering in my Framemaker source docs to avoid that numbering mismatch in the pdf (i.e. the title page would be Page 1). If there's a workaround in Acrobat, I'd like to hear about it too.

As others have pointed out (but it's an important point so I started a new thread title for it), it's an easy thing to do to make the Acrobat PDF numbering match whatever's on the page.

* If you're using FrameMaker, I recommend FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers, http://www.microtype.com/TimeSavers.html, to automate this.

* If you're using some other tool to generate PDFs, you can use the Acrobat Batch Utility to set up a batch command to easily automate the numbering. (I use this for clients that want me to author in Word. It's still an extra step, and you have to change the parameters if the number of preface pages changes, but that's not a frequent occurrence.)

Or you can, as others suggested, keep the numbering simple so that regardless of what frontmatter you have, the doc is just numbered 1 to N.

I personally prefer preface numbers (I, ii, iii, iv, etc.) and then the real first page of chapter 1 being Page 1, but that does require this extra step so that readers aren't confused about the page numbering. I think it worth the effort, but not everyone does.

-Monique



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Standards for command-line documentation + dumb Acrobat X user question: From: Elissa K. Miller
RE: Standards for command-line documentation + dumb Acrobat X user question: From: Lynne Wright

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