You do Ana.
I have the oposite problem… I have a word doc with first few pages with vertical orientation, then some horizontal orientation, and then some vertical again. When I save it to pdf, it splits in 3 different pdf files! How can I prevent this? Apparently this is a known issue with Word on the Mac. If your document includes different Sections with different orientation, no matter what you do, if you export to PDF it will export them as different files. What you can do is merge the PDFs after exporting. I have follow all the instructions you give with automator. Could you give that a try and see how it works for you?
I downloaded your droplet and it creates the individual PDFs in the folder that I chose and then placed them on the desktop as well. Is it possible to automate the naming process for the new PDFs? I am not sure about naming based on the first line of a PDF, but I bet you could do something with Hazel and its matching tokens.
Here are some DocumentSnap posts about Hazel:. I thought I was in trouble for sure when I got the full 59 pages emailed to me in a single file. I needed them saved as individual pages — and your instrcutions saved me from having to print out and rescan on a flat bed scanner nonetheless. Thanks a million!
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Brilliant thanks. Only problem is has produced a white line border around 2 sides of the pdf. Any one know how to avoid this? Well sorry but both methods do NOT work when it comes to hyperlinks…. For some reason, they are all mixed up and gone wrong…. Option 1 with preview worked perfect for me too! And client is happy! Thank you. Many thanks. Thanks again. Then, you can save the pdf.
Thank you for posting this. I split 4 different PDF file that each had 10 pages using the automator. Saved the automator into the same folder as my PDF and dragged each one onto the Automator file. Simply amazing. Just another example of why I will never go back to a Windows machine.
Bought my first MacBook Pro in June and it constantly amazes me with what it can do. I did this with a short sale package of 69 pages but I needed to save a group of example 10 pages for a bank statement for separate attachment, then save as bank statement attachment then save several other attachments the same way.. Right now I have 69 individual pages across my desk top and then need to be organized.
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Thanks for the detailed instructions.. Thank you, I used the Automator method you outlined and it worked and believe me, if I can do it, anyone can! Probably an obvious answer but I just don't know. Thanks again!
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Hi KO7, that shouldn't be a problem. Just move the droplet into your Applications folder, and then when you want to use it you just start up Finder, navigate to Applications, and drag the document on to the icon that you'll see under Applications. You can also put it on the sidebar of the Finder if it is something you think you'll use a lot.
Nice one! Thank you SO much. I had no idea what Automator did before this, but your instructions were completely clear — making the droplet was really easy once you knew what to press.
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I met a vital deadline because of your advice, couldn't be more grateful! Thanks so much for this. I have been searching how to split large PDFs in our office. Smaller batches can do a drop and drag of the ones to save but the larger files need this functionality of splitting. Your instructions were clear and easy and it works brilliantly….. I created a folder on the desktop to put the split files into. But despite setting the default to put all automator split files into the new folder, it defaults to desktop. There is a dropdown to chose a destination, but I have to go to "other" then pick the folder.
It's three steps more. Any idea how to get my setup to keep the new folder as the destination folder? This is a great comment thread, and maybe you all can help me with my problem. I need to be able to search a huge, multiple-page pdf document for specific text, and then extract the pages from the resulting search to create a smaller, multiple-page pdf document.
Do you think I can create a workflow for this? Ideally, I'd love to be able to input different text for each search. I used to be able to use Preview 5. You'd want the action to kick out a 5-page PDF, with just the entire content of just those 5 pages? I would love to know the answer to this. I have a page PDF containing reports for students in each of there subjects.
I would like to split it by subject always appears in top left of each page. The simple 'Using Preview" option select one page and drag to desktop copies all pages of the pdf. But, selecting, then copying and pasting one page indeed works. Thanks so much for this post. One year old and still helping people! Hi Brooks, thanks for this, didn't realie that automator could do this so easily and I was really pleased when I ran across your article after trying several other either inferior or expensive alternatives.
Thanks for sharing the droplet. It works great to split the PDF in individual pages, with sequential numbering. Dragging and dropping also creates a "picture clipping" for me Mac OS X However I believe it used to work in a prior version, and maybe it works again in a newer version. It wouldn't be the first time that Apple changes an undocumented feature. Thanks for letting me know about the picture clippings thing. Wish I could replicate to figure out what is going on! Option 1 does NOT work. It becomes saved as a "picture clipping" and there is no image.
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I don't want to do Option 2 because it is too complicated. What else can I do? I'm probably going to have to rescan those pages. Thanks for nothing. Not sure what to tell you.
I too just get a picture clipping. I like the functionality you mentioned and wished it worked that way, which would make sense.
I'm using Preview 4. I may try the Automator route, but that does seem a bit complicated for just extracting a single page from a multi-page PDF? Thanks for posting the info though. Dude, are you kidding? It couldn't be easier. The steps are clear as a bell and the whole thing takes less than one minute to do. I have an excel file with dozens of sheets all needing to be emailed individually to separate people, this made the process so much easier. The only thing I need now is a way to rename each sheet individually during seperation.
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