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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview Apps
Editing PDF (or ps) files is somewhat tricky, but Leopard's version of Preview is a handy tool. It can not only extract and/or rearrange pages, but also do some more sophisticated operations, like removing unwanted margins.

Individual page cropping is very simple -- press Command-3 (Tools » Select Tool) to invoke the Select tool, then drag out the area you wish to keep, then press Command-K (Tools » Crop) and you're done. But what if you want to crop every page in the document in the same manner?

To apply the defined crop to all pages in the document, first set drag out the area you'd like to keep, as above. Then press Command-I (Tools » Inspector) after selecting the area to crop. In the Inspector panel, select the 'ruler' tab, then click the Crop All Pages button. Save your document when you're done.

Remember that it's very easy to convert any document to A PDF in OS X; just use the Preview button, or the PDF » Save as PDF button. I use this technique to edit djvu files, for example.
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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: arcticmac on Feb 10, '09 08:45:56AM

There's an easier way too. Select the area of the page that you want, then open the sidebar, and select the pages you want to crop using shift-click or command-click. Press apple-K when done selecting pages.

Similarly, you can select multiple pages in the sidebar to rotate.



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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 10, '09 11:42:35AM

Nice hints, both the OP and yours! Thanks!



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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: tobyvoss on Feb 10, '09 11:19:13AM

on 10.4, there is no inspector in Preview.app. however, the application asks if you want to crop all pages or just the one on which you made your selection.



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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 10, '09 11:40:15AM

It asks you? It doesn't ask me. Maybe I disabled that question, somehow.



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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 10, '09 11:46:02AM

Oops, disregard that. I think I'm mistaken.



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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: rrwright on Feb 10, '09 01:02:20PM
Worked great… until I saved the PDF and reopened it in Preview. Once doing so, Preview showed all the pages as if they'd never been cropped. Skim (another PDF program) displays it correctly (all pages cropped to size), but not Preview. Anyone know if there is some cache in the Preview program it's loading (and I did quit the program, not just close the window), if the original uncropped image is still saved in the file, or if it's something else?

Anyone else seeing this behavior?

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10.5: Crop multiple pages in a PDF file using Preview
Authored by: bdm on Feb 10, '09 02:05:53PM

Cropping is done by setting some parameters that specify the margins for viewing. All of the page is still present in the file and none is actually deleted. You can expand the margins again using View->PDF Display->Media Box. Just select and Command-K as before.



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