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Extracting individual pages from a PDF file Apps
I recently had to extract a couple of pages from a large PDF file. It turns out that this is really easy to do using Preview!

First, open up the PDF file in Preview (Acrobat might work too). Then select Print, and under Pages choose the range of pages you need to extract. Then click Preview. Those pages will open up in a new window and you can select Save As from the file menu to save the extracted portion.

[Editor's note: I'd often wondered why it might be useful to be able to select "Preview" while already running Preview ... and now I know why it might be useful!]
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another cool thing
Authored by: zephc on Mar 01, '02 09:42:20AM

i have a PDF that was write-protected, but it is readable AND printable, so I opened it in Preview, did this trick, saved the whole thing, and now its writable too =]

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Preview vs. Acrobat
Authored by: kerim on Mar 01, '02 10:33:32AM

Doing the exact same thing in Acrobat does not preserve selectable text - but it does in Preview!

I wonder if other 3rd party applications will appear that give you more control over PDF files on the Mac. It would be nice to have an application that allows you to work easily with PDF images of forms ...

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yea, but the file sizes are still HUGE
Authored by: brycesutherland on Mar 01, '02 07:39:07PM

I tried this tip and saved two pages of a seven-page pdf. The original seven pages were 92K (lots of graphics...). Upon doing the cut and following "Save A Copy..." in Acrobat, the two pages exploded into an *888K* document.


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make that 232K (still HUGE for 2 pages)
Authored by: brycesutherland on Mar 01, '02 07:43:05PM

Yup. 2 pages bloom into 232K.


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