dividing large PDF. corrupt subdivision (but not all)

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Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

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I work with companies to make their documentation (think manauls, service/tech bulletins etc..) easier to access/use by field service.  Very often I divide manuals (often over 10k pages!)..... usually without issue.  Currently I have a file (20K pages) that I can open in complete (large) form....but when I divide it, a couple of the smaller divisions won't open.  How do I tell what the problem is???? thank you

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

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You'll need to provide more specific information. Exactly how do you divide the document?

 

 

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Apr 26, 2021 Apr 26, 2021

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Also, what does "won't open" mean, exactly? Is there an error message when you try to open those files? If so, what does it say? If not, what exactly happens?

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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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I divided the document by "printing" page groups to pdf.  I have used this method many times..... with adobe as well as chrome and firefox.  Error box popped up and reads "There was an error opening this document.  The file is damaged and could not be repaired."

 

I'm confused because I can access those portions of the pdf when it is one giant manual..... it's after I divide a couple of the sections won't open.

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Apr 27, 2021 Apr 27, 2021

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That's a very bad way of doing it. Why not simply use the Extract Pages command?

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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Print to > save as PDF (insert page range) has worked for me on hundreds of files.  Many of these files are 5K-20K+ page pdf files.  I do not have pay version of adobe.  There must be issue with that section of the manual as I have never encountered this issue before?  Thanks for your help!

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 29, 2021 Apr 29, 2021

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If you put bookmarks on the pages where you need it divided,  then you could use the "Split" feature in Acrobat. 

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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I only have free version of Acrobat.  The manuals I am working with already have bookmarks.  I have worked with hundreds of these very large manuals and divided using method of printing as pdf.  Thank you for help!

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Apr 30, 2021 Apr 30, 2021

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It is not expensive to get the full Acrobat Pro for a month to accomplish this task. It's well worth it to have the right tools for doing the job. 

 

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May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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The point of posting here was to try and track down what was causing the issue, not simply purchase software. 

 

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May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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You can't track down the issue with the tools you have, though. So either get the right tools or pay someone that has those tools (and the knowledge to do it) to do it for you.

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May 04, 2021 May 04, 2021

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The point is that whatever is causing the issue, it isn't Adobe software. Surely it's the PDF printer you are using, whatever that might be.

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May 05, 2021 May 05, 2021

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I've gotten the same issue splitting the PDF with Adobe software as well as others.  Surely questions that all end with buy new software the issue can't be Adobe is slightly less than enlightening.  Sorry I wasted anyones time.

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May 06, 2021 May 06, 2021

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You mean the Free software. If I understand you correctly, you're complaining that you can't get something for nothing? 

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