Merging PDFs without losing Layers (PDF Viewer)

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12-05-2019 06:46 AM
AnaVillaran
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Hi all,

 

Does anybody know how to merge two PDFs using Python while maintaning layers as shown on the attached picture?

 

I am using arcpy for ArcGIS Pro to export an 'Overview' PDF and a 'Detailed Location' PDF.

 

Both PDFs contain the layers once they're opened on PDF viewer. However, when I merge both PDF 'lots' within a single 'Map Book' PDF using 'arcpy.PDFDocumentCreate' and '<pdfDoc>.appendPages', those layers are lost.

 

I have also tried PdfFileMerger within PyPDF2 Library without success,

 

Any thoughts?

 

Thanks, Ana

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IoanaIstrateCiobanu
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Hi! In case anyone else needs it... Use the PDF merger  from the Arcmap arcpy. The drawback is that  for each PDF you have a list of layers, separately. I don't really like that.

def merge_all(dict_paths, out_dir):
for empl, pdfs in dict_paths.items():

out_pdf = os.path.join(out_dir,"{0}.pdf".format(empl))
# pdfDoc = arcpy.mp.PDFDocumentCreate(out_pdf) #this is for Pro
pdfDoc = arcpy.mapping.PDFDocumentCreate(out_pdf)
for pdf in pdfs:
pdfDoc.appendPages(pdf)
pdfDoc.updateDocProperties(pdf_open_view= "LAYERS")

pdfDoc.saveAndClose()

 

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