Splitting a landscape spread into 2 portrait pages?

Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013

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I have a series of PDFs that I've been asked to modify.  Unfortunately, I don't have access to the original document, or I'd make a new PDF.

Typically, these PDFs have several pages where two facing portrait pages have been rendered as a single landscape spread;  I need to split those spreads into separate portrait pages in the PDF.

I'm using Acrobat X on Windows 7 x64.  Fortunately, the existing PDFs are fairly high resolution.

My immediate thought is to take the pages I need to split into Photoshop, save them out as separate pages, and then construct a new PDF.

Or ... is there a better way to do this?

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New Here , Feb 18, 2016 Feb 18, 2016
I was looking for an easy answer for this myself, and didn't like the options given here.  So I made my own:1. Create a duplicate file2. In original file, open "Organize Pages"3. Click "Insert," select "from file"4. Select the duplicate file, insert "after"5. Place the pages into their correct orders, such that you have two in a row for each page (1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3,...)6. Go to "Edit"7. Select "Crop"8. On first page, select the left hand side of the image, double click on selection9. Set page ran...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013

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Try using Crop function and see if this suits your requirement.

Tools Pane - pages - Crop

Or you can export the PDF to Word doc, and make changes in the word file.

File - Save as - Microsoft Word - Word document

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Community Beginner ,
Jul 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013

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Hmm, I appreciate the rply, but neither of those really answers the brief, do they?

I'm aware of the crop function, but doesn't that just discard the parts that are cropped?  I need to turn the spread into two single pages, not only save half of it.

And exporting it to a word processir file loses the formatting and layout.

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Jul 16, 2013 Jul 16, 2013

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I am afraid but spreading one landscape page into two single portrait pages is not possible.

That's why I gave you other alternative.

You can crop the PDF twice, first get the right side, and then get the second side, and arrange the pages in the document.

This is obviously, time consuming process, but this is one of the workaround that I can suggest you.

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New Here ,
Mar 22, 2014 Mar 22, 2014

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You might want to try Abbyy Fineprint. It splits landscape into portrait automatically. Of course, you'll have to re-OCR the document, but if the results are acceptable, you're good to go. I just did one myself, worked fine.

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Feb 09, 2014 Feb 09, 2014

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Workaround (time consuming but it works):

1) extract the page(s) to split.  This creates a copy in a different window.

2) crop the copy to be one part of your split page

3) crop the original to be the other part of your split

4) drag the thumbnail from the extract back to the original windows

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Feb 09, 2014 Feb 09, 2014

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If the document is tagged, saving as a DOCX or DOC file may be the fastest way to get what you want. However, as a PDF you can also use the crop tool and do what is not generally recommended. That is crop the left side and print to a new PDF in portrait with expand to page. Repeat the proces for the right side (you can do a ctrl-Z to uncrop usually). When the two PDFs are complete, then use Insert Pages to put one into the other. Then use the PAGES button (maybe expanding the Pages view) to reorder the pages. Some users have developed some JavaScript to do what you want, but you will have to either search for it or wait until they drop by. I am not sure if Quite Imposing (http://www.adobe.com/products/plugins/acrobat/quiteimpose.html) has this option.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 10, 2014 Feb 10, 2014

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You might see if the script mentioned in the blog post Splitting PDF Pages by Karl Heinz Kremer can help you.

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New Here ,
Feb 18, 2016 Feb 18, 2016

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I was looking for an easy answer for this myself, and didn't like the options given here. 

So I made my own:

1. Create a duplicate file

2. In original file, open "Organize Pages"

3. Click "Insert," select "from file"

4. Select the duplicate file, insert "after"

5. Place the pages into their correct orders, such that you have two in a row for each page (1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3,...)

6. Go to "Edit"

7. Select "Crop"

8. On first page, select the left hand side of the image, double click on selection

9. Set page range to "All," and "apply to" to "odd pages"

10. Go to second page, which shouldn't be cropped, select the right hand side of the page, double click

11.  Set page range to "All," and "apply to" to "even pages"

Step 5 is potentially time consuming if you have a many paged pdf, but otherwise this is pretty easy,

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New Here ,
Nov 20, 2019 Nov 20, 2019

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Agree after much searching this seems the only way... Well documented! Ta.!

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New Here ,
Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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Pretty much the best option I have found so far. Thank you for the detailed instructions. 

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Mar 24, 2021 Mar 24, 2021

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If you want to do it with a single click consider this (paid-for) tool I've created that does just that:

http://try67.blogspot.com/2009/09/split-pages-in-2-parts-and-combine-to.html

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New Here ,
Nov 22, 2017 Nov 22, 2017

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There's a great method, very well described here: adobe acrobat - How can I split in half a double-page scanned PDF in a single pass? - Super User  where you can split pages in two. Hopefully this can help 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 24, 2020 Feb 24, 2020

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This is an *incredibly* convoluted procedure to do somehting that should be a simple, built-in feature!

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