Open multipage PDF

Open Multi-Page PDF

Have you ever needed to edit a PDF in Illustrator? or maybe just open a PDF to copy a couple of elements? If you have, then you know that you have to open the PDF and choose the page you wish to open, close the file and if you need to work on a different page you have no choice but to repeat the process…as many times as needed. It gets annoying very quickly, there must be an easier way, right? Right, by way of a script, it will basically do all the tedious work for us.







Installing and Executing Scripts


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      1. HI Ruby, are you not getting a multipage pdf after saving? what method are you using?

        Saving as PDF using both Illustrator Default and Illustrator Default without Preserving Illustrator Editing produce multipage pdf documents.


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  3. Hi Carlos, The script doesn’t seem to work for me 🙁 When I click on the exec file, it gives me an error “AI_openMultiPagePDF_CS4_CS5.v1.02.jsx 2” can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer. I am on Mac, is there a solution for this? Thanks.

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  5. I like this script most but Its only open file but I need to place file …because when I open the file its change font and optimal performance..can you add an option like Place or Open the file.

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  8. This is great. Adobe tried to implement this feature in the last update, but they did not succeed in my opinion. You’ll open them up, and they’ll all be linked documents, and then when you embed them, the size changes. What?? Your plugin works so much better than that. Thank you.

  9. First of all, i had used this script so many times. Thanks to you.
    Just note to all user, triple check your artwork after using this script.
    I had 1 problem after using this script. Some artwork may output differently and may lose some effect.
    I’m using Illustrator CS6. From now on, i’m using the script with caution.

  10. Dear Carlos – I’m still old school illustrator version. MANY thanks for this genius script. It will save me a heap of time over the coming weeks as I need to tweak pages and pages of barcode labels. I just wish I’d found you and your site earlier.

    I wish you all the very best in the future !


  11. THIS IS THE BEST SCRIPT EVER AND I WISH I KNEW ABOUT IT EARLIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very helpful for me and thank you for sharing your work. It has helped me tremendously!

  12. Increíble el script, muchas gracias Carlos, eres un “Crack”. Funciona muy bien y me ha sorprendido que mantenga las tipografías del PDF editables. En CC 2017 sobre Sierra funciona.

    Muchas Gracias!

  13. Thank you so much for this !
    I had a heavy file with multiple graphics so i opened it up in bunches of 20 pages.

    However it doesn’t seem to function with a 3 digit number for pages.

    So although i have 154 pages i cannot use this for pages from 100 to 154 otherwise it worked fine. Is there any workaround which worked for anybody ?

  14. Would be awesome if it could recognize how many pages are in the .pdf and auto-populate that in the range fields… or give me a ‘all’ button to choose all or range.

    As it stands now, I have to guess how many pages are in the document, overshooting the number to make sure I get them all and then have to go clean up and delete all of the duplicates

  15. Hi, This is great. But is there a way that I can use this to open up the pages on my current document. I have a document template which is set to A4, every time I run the script it opens the pages on a new document. Thank you.

  16. It doesn’t work in my Illustrator CC 2018, I’ve tried to import different pdf files with different pages, both vectors and bitmaps. But the importation just freeze at the end of the process and the program never able to come back until I terminate it.

    It work perfectly in 2017 though, adobe must have made some changes to the program. Hopefully looking for a new version of this script.

  17. I am working with Illustrator CC. I have downloaded and put the script in the presets/scripts folder. When I have illustrator open and go to scripts–it shows up there, and lets me browse for the multi page pdf, and choose it, but the file name doesnt show up in the file name area, and I can pick pages as well–but the open button never activates.

    Can you possibly shed some light on this? thanks!

  18. I have a question about it even this is a very old post, maybe someone still reads it.

    Is there a script or plugin to import multiple pages of PDF to Adobe Illustrator but to place more pages on 1 artboard on a specific position on it?

    I was searching for this for a long time but unfortunately couldnt find the answer that could help me in my workflow.

    Hope for a respond, this would saves me a lot of time. Best regards,

    1. Goran,

      I can probably write the illustrator script to assist your workflow. I need some more specifics regarding the position and placement on the artboard. Please reply to my email: tarprints ( at )

  19. Hi Carlos! Thank you so much for this!

    My only worry is that do I have to logate the script every time I want to open a pdf with multible pages? I mean if I click in the pdf “open in illustrator” -> illustrator opens with the same old “choose a page”-pdf opener…So I always have to go to the script file and click the script to open multiple pages?