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An Easy Way to Reverse the Order of a PDF File

For the logest time I found it an arduous task find an easy way to reverse the order of a PDF file. I've gone to blogs where many have suggested ways to hack the codex of the Adobe application. Often the problem with this, is that it involves an individual to possess some technical knowledge to manipulate and have a satisfactory result. For those who frequently use Arabic and Hebrew fonts, a book project may require that the book opens in the opposite direction than the normative way. I found a solution to the problem, a free application called 'Moon Walk'. Just open the application and upload the pdf file and click process, and you're done. NO, I don't work for the company and just wanted to share my discovery to those who have common issues...

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1. May 29, 2014 7:43 PM in response to: Reverso
Re: An Easy Way to Reverse the Order of a PDF File

Don't you just love it when you find a tool that makes life easier? While I have no use for this tool, I appreciate your sharing it with the community as I know there are several here who have written in Hebrew or Arabic and it will be invaluable to them.

 

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2. May 29, 2014 9:32 PM in response to: Reverso
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This is quite a common requirement and I've noticed that several software packages have a 'reverse order' print option (one example is OpenOffice). It is just a case of ticking a box. Thus, when you print to a virtual PDF printer, you get the desired retrogression. This type of printer driver usually has the reverse order printing option too (Bullzip is an example).

 

Of course, if you do not have the original document, matters are different. However, there are many free PDF utilites that can reverse page order for you. A selection thereof can be found here:

 

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-pdf-tools.htm#Specific-Tools

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3. May 29, 2014 10:54 PM in response to: Maaku
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I believe the OP is talking about right to left vs last page to first page.

 

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4. May 30, 2014 4:33 AM in response to: Reverso
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As far as I can see this is only for Mac.

 

As already noted, if you print to PDF rather than export to PDF (that is, use a utility that installs PDF as a virtual printer), almost all applications have a "reverse print order" function that will usually work. The more common reason for using it is to stack pages in the correct order with a physical printer that prints face-up.

 

I have a Hebrew-order book where the InDesign file will not print correctly to PDF in reverse order. However, exporting a PDF with InDesign's native function, then opening it in Acrobat and printing that PDF in reverse order to the virtual PDF printer works.

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5. May 30, 2014 4:43 AM in response to: Seal
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I believe the OP is talking about right to left vs last page to first page.

 

The actual issue is page order. Books in scripts that read right-to-left are bound with the spine on the right, so to fit CreateSpace's work flow it's necessary to reverse the page order in the PDF. Once in a while a live reviewer will notice that page 1 is on a verso instead of a recto, but it's not a blocking issue. More often, the CS live reviewer will understand what's going on.

 

Since I mentioned using InDesign, I'll add that it is really easier to work with right-to-left scripts in Microsoft Publisher or Word. InDesign 6 has a World-Ready Composer that makes it practical, as well. From an article by Thomas Phinney I learned that the World-Ready Composer has been in InDesign since version 4, but not enabled in the interface (I'm using InDesign CS 5.5). The article includes links to scripts to enable the World-Ready Composer in versions 4 through 5.5, reverse the direction of selected text, and create paragraph styles for Arabic and Hebrew.

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