Save 'List layers for visible pages'
Our large organization needs layered PDFs to view and filter AutoCAD layers, since we will no longer be able to make native AutoCAD files available in an AutoCAD viewer.
Layered PDFs seem to have the limitation of not being able to save the option of 'List Layers for Visible Pages'.
In our case, users need to be able to rely on a clean set of layers used for each page, not the confusing list of all layers in the document. We have many multi-paged PDFs that we planned to use to view and filter layers, and the accumulation of layers from all pages will result in a very long, redundant, and puzzling list in some cases.
Judging from other forum discussions, this needed not just by us, but by others as well.
Please see the attached for further explanation.
Have you had any luck with this? When exporting a PDF from ArcGIS Pro "List Layers for Visible Pages" is set as the default so it seems it is possible. I just can't figure out how to do it outside of ArcGIS though.
Opening the PDF that was exported from ArcGIS Pro in Notepad I found the following line which seems to be what controls this setting:
<</Metadata 363 0 R/OCProperties<</D<</ListMode/VisiblePages/Name(Layers Tree)/Order.......
In a PDF that lists all layers this line is:
<</Metadata 2 0 R/OCProperties<</D<</OFF/Order.......
I don't know anything about editing PDFs though so I am not sure how to properly add this into other PDFs.