I scan a lot of pages from books on my job, and I need to be able to cut the individual PDFs in two, in order to get one book-page on each PDF.
I am too lazy to scan each page individually- can Acrobat XI Pro do that?
It ought to.. I mean, it´s pretty expencive:-o
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There's no built-in feature that allows you to do that in Acrobat directly. You can use the Crop Pages tool to remove (or rather, hide) half of the page, but that is a manual process.
Alternatively, you can use a script, like this one I've developed: Custom-made Adobe Scripts: Acrobat -- Split Pages in 2 Parts and Combine to a New File
Thank you for that, a little disappointing, I hope that Adobe makes that feature in the future.
You. Must. Be. Kidding.
Those clowns can do it, and your fancy company cannot. Really?
(Besides, who wants to spend any more money on pdf managing software?).
Solution is: drop Adobe Acrobat, skip to Abbyy FineReader. Much more features for much less money.
Actually, I think it´s quite ridiculous for Adobe to still not have included such a basic and common sense feature that has been requested for several years.
Abby FineReader splits scanned book pages automatically in the middle during OCR.
I hope that Adobe comes around to include such a basic feature. What is currently the most practical workaround?
There's no built-in command in Acrobat that does it for you. Several options were suggested in this thread.
such a shame this feature is missing
This is such a simple, useful function -- and I still have to do it online, after over a decade using Acrobat Pro!
I made up a method that helped me a little; When I scan pages from a book, I now scan every 2 pages twice. Then when I edit, I first crop all even pages (eg 1,3,5,7 etc) and then all uneven pages (2,4,6 etc). That way I get the pages nicely 1 on each PDF, And it´s a lot easier to scan twice, while the book is on the glass, than to lift the book and turn it, before scanning it again.
Hope I can help someone with this tip
It's much easier to duplicate a page in Acrobat than to scan each page twice...
I'll look into that, thank you
Ok, so I've copied every page by draging them in the miniature sidebar, but this takes a lot of time and is very hard to oversee, especially when the pages are only text and all look alike.
Is there an easier way?
If not, I still think scanning twice is easier.
The easier way of doing it is by using the tools linked to above... Duplicating the pages can also be done using a script, but why go half-hog?
I can't use any external program, my firm won´t allow that. I´m looking for a way in Adobe Acrobat only.
have a look at this blog.
He provides a batch sequence file for acrobat X and for acrobat XI that does what you want. I've tried the acrobat X version and it works great. Haven't tried the XI version as yet, I might try that on DC when I install it.
Download it, open it (it should be linked to acrobat already) and acrobat will ask if you want to import it. Import it and then you'll find the same actions in the popup box are also found in <file> <action wizard> and the popup box can be closed.
The script doesn't automatically remove the other 1/2 of the cropped pages, so you'll need to go to <tools> <protection> <remove hidden information> and then save the file as a new filename and the excess data will be gone.
Hope that helps
I know this thread is over a year old now, but that Page Splitter Redux is fantastic. A simple double click installs it to your Acrobat actions. Click the action. Done. Even works on Acrobat DC.
Thanks Greg. You're a lifesaver,
Worked for me. I had to remove “.txt” at the end of the downloaded file’s name for the double-click install to work.
I'm using the Take a Snapshot tool and inserting the snapshot back into the file. Was using the crop tool, but this is easier.
Just for a reference purpose for other people, you can use Adobe PDF printer to 'reprint' your document into halves. First, select the output size in Print > Properties. Then, use the "Poster Print" option to cut it down.
This works the best! I had to reduce the "overlap" to "0.00". So if your crops aren't coming out right, play with that number on the print settings.
This works if you want to print. I tied to save and it does not work. Have you an idea to make it work?
I do a newsletter for a non-profit that I volunteer with. The printed copy is 11x17 folded in half. In the past, I've split it using Acrobat XI, but I can remember how I did it. I was able to duplicate the page and select an 8.5x11 section then crop. I'd do the left half then the right half. Hopefully this can ring a bell for someone and get things rolling.