Using Acrobat to create a book index

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MentalFabric, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. MentalFabric macrumors 6502


    Mar 10, 2004
    Hi all,

    I've just been asked by a book editor whether it's possible to use adobe acrobat to automatically index a book (in pdf format). I've found the features in the advanced menu (in acrobat 9), but I can't tell whether the index that's being referred to is in fact an invisible index for the pdf file as opposed to a visible one that could be printed out (it looks like it to me).

    Has anyone here got any experience with this?

    Thanks in advance!
  2. dmz macrumors regular


    Jan 29, 2007
    Acrobat don't do that...

    The index Acrobat can build is not an index in the sense you are describing - it is an internal index for use in Acrobat only - no viewable index is created.

    Adobe Acrobat is not a page makeup program and so you shouldn't expect to be able to do this - InDesign, Quark, MS Word and other page-makeup programs have built-in indexing features, but those are not used most of the time in the real world. Indexing is not a highly-automatable function, and in my experience, most of the publications I have worked on that had indexes usually had a specialist who prepared the index.

    I'm not saying you can't use the index features in those programs - they are very good - it's just that indexing, and especially cross-referencing, is a highly selective process, so only the most basic indexes can be created "auto-magically".


  3. BradColin macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2010
    I agree with "dmz" in his answer ... I have tried using the indexing features for such programs myself but things were not that easy. The Index must look professional as it is an important way for selling books.

    I tried to hire someone to create an Index for one of my books, but that was expensive, one of my friends suggested a program called pdf index generator to me that can help me create the index myself ... It was very helpful as my books are in *.pdf format + it creates the index terms as links that the reader can click to take them to the corresponding pages in the book.

    The best thing about this is that now i create my book indexes myself, and no additional outsourcing is needed :)

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