Spread pages book layout in PDF documents

This week I composed a document with flyleaf and subsequent two-paged layout like in these two examples with Adobe Indesign and Microsoft Word:

But when exporting/printing to a PDF file the PDF document in Acrobat Reader shows only a single page at a time. One may manually select the view option with two-paged layout and flyleaf but I wanted the document to be always shown that way! After Googling I found a solution using Adobe Acrobat Pro where it is possible to set this option and save the changes directly to the PDF file. Unfortunately Acrobat Pro isn’t cheap and I don’t own a copy so I looked for an alternative.

Finally I found BeCyPDFMetaEdit by Benjamin Bentmann which is a small freeware Windows utility for changing the XMP meta data of a PDF document file. The viewer preference actually is just a XMP setting. The program can remove any application or pdf printer metadata as well (like “Created with …foo program” or “Printed using PDF…bar”). The result after opening the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Reader then looks like (before vs. after):

Ta-da, A book!


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