Anyway to do this? I have a thousand page pdf doc that I need to print out but want to maximize viewing area. Obviously individually cropping pages is out of the question.
not quite sure I understand.
Do you want to print a 4-up for example that has no white border/padding/margin/gutter on the page? You can print that. If you want to cut there are copy shops that can cut a stack of several hundred sheets of paper with a laser-precision cutter but they are only as precise as the prints. Some of the sheets will come out mis-cut because you don't allow the gutter for the margin of error of the printer. That is why when you print borderless you actually put bleed-space into your design and cut into the design.
You may be right about Adobe Reader. However in Adobe Acrobat X Pro you can simply choose Print>[select booklet button] and choose your options there. You will see a preview. Because of the ratio between 8.5x11 and 2-up 8.5x11 you will have a "letterbox" white border on the top and bottom of your pages but you will be able to print with no gutter and no margin on the edges. Your printer must allow for borderless printing and you must have enough ink. You will have to have a high-end printer that can print borderless if it is a laser printer but most ink-jet/photo printers can print borderless. However the downside is that you will have to replace your inks quite frequently and you will have to print duplex probably manually. You will want a paper weight sufficiently heavy enough to accomodate printing on both sides because otherwise the opposite page will bleed through making it difficult to read.
I want to print the pdf with 2 pages per side (4 per sheet) and so it reads like a book. However, Adobe doesn't have a borderless option when printing multiple pages per sheet
To do this you would want to select Booklet from the print dialog. But, a 1000 page document would entail 250 sheets folded for a booklet. 250 sheets is highly impractical for a folded booklet; it would be beneficial to trim these final 8.5 x 5.5 pages and Sprial bind such a document.
I'd contact a local small print shop.
If you are using AA9 or earlier, you can get rid of the borders, but for your number of pages it will be time consuming. Open the 2-up PDF and use the object tool to select a junction of the border and delete. That worked for me. However, you will have to do this 500 times. Apparently a new option has been added to AA X.