Acrobat usage tips

Following are some hints on performing some actions in “full” Acrobat (not the Reader version). These apply to Acrobat 6.0 for Mac OS X and may not be accurate for other versions.

Rotating pages

Cropping pages

Sometimes just a single page needs cropping. More often, all the pages of a document (or all the odd pages, then all the even pages) need the same crop treatment -- that can be achieved in one crop by making the appropriate selections (described below)

Replacing pages

Sometimes you have two versions of a document and want to replace a chunk of pages in one document with pages from another document. That's relatively easy since there is a way to copy-and-paste pages from one PDF to another so that they replace existing pages (rather than just being inserted).

It is critical to drag to the little page number at the base of the first page you want to replace in the target document. That induces Acrobat to replace the page range. Just dragging to the page thumbnail image (or the background) will insert the dragged pages, leaving all the original pages in the target document intact.

Extracting pages (splitting a PDF)

It is possible to split a PDF in Acrobat by “extracting” a range of pages. You can do this multiple times to split a PDF into more than two sub-documents. (Note that this can be done non-interatively at the commandline using the pdftk tool — not discussed further here.)

Repeat the selection/extraction routine for each sub-document you want to create. If you chose to Delete Pages After Extracting, then your selection begins at the first page of the document for each sub-document. You'll re-save the original document (using File / Save As...) to save the very last sub-document.