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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
Agree after much searching this seems the only way... Well documented! Ta.!
Pretty much the best option I have found so far. Thank you for the detailed instructions.
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 🙂
This is an *incredibly* convoluted procedure to do somehting that should be a simple, built-in feature!