Seems like this should be more obvious but I'm stuck for solutions.
I keep getting these pdfs from clients that have pages of many different dimensions. I'm batch processing these for various uses and the irregular sizes really throw a wrench in the works.
My question, is there a way to batch pdfs (tool, command line, server or anything) so that all the pages are the exact same dimension?
Mind you, cropping is not an option unless that means adding some padding to the smaller pages so that they match the larger ones. Scaling is probably ok too but for now I just want to hear any options that are out there.
Hmm, that's actually extremely helpful. Thanks.
To take the problem a bit further, I really need my web server to be able to do this. Is that possible?
The scenario would be that the user uploads a pdf, the server normalizes the page sizes and then the server does something with the output (ie. provides a download link)
@ Deepak Chauhan - Beep Beep - back up there.
An Adobe employee recommending round-tripping a pdf through the PDF Printer? "Make sure you are using the same settings during file conversion." cannot be accomplished as the receiver can only guess at the original settings used.
@ ask_illustrator - If your intent is to convert all pages of a multi page pdf to one size, the Crop Pages tool > Change Page Size tool will add margins to a document to uniform the page size.
My screen shot is from AA9, the menu's should be Document > Crop Pages
Cropping does not work when you intend to increase a pages size. The print trick worked perfectly for that. I'm going to attempt to write a script that will batch a bunch of pdf's for me but I'm not sure if the api will allow me to sniff each doc for the largest page size.
The crop dialog shown does indeed Increase the pages size in the Change Pages Size area shown; it is highly un-intuitive, but that is where the feature is included.
There are many reasons to avoid the recommended Print to PDF, most of which will be unnoticed in a small print environment.
Daniel. Highly unintuitive does not begin to describe my confusion. Can you provide a step-by-step description of how to increase page size? (I am using Acrobat 10.1.4 for Macintosh). Every path I have tried either gives me the error "you can't reduce page size" (even though I am choosing a larger page size), or deletes everything from view.
I know this has something to do with "Art Box"/"Bleed Box"/"Crop Box", but I am stumped!
I am working in AA 9 Professional. Find the Crop Menu...
This does not involve the Art/Trim/Bleed boxes. Edit - Setting One of these values might, just might, redefine a value. Leave it alone.
I selected Tabloid from the available choices and Acrobat filled in the values. Toggle All Pages as appropriate. (Feature Request - Adobe - Turn this on by default)
My resultant document
Well, that is a start.
Under the latest Acrobat for Macintosh (10.1.4), there is no Crop menu. (Menus are a tried and true user interface tool, so Adobe got rid of them).
You choose the Crop Tool.
Then you select an area larger than your document (if you select an area smaller than your document, sometimes the resize page also crops--I don't understand).
Then you double click your crop (so much for direct selection with a tool). A dialog box comes up.
Note that it says that the current page size is 11 x 8.5 (approx). Then choose Tabloid, and the dialog shows an expanded page size of 11 x 17, with the pdf stretched to fit.
Then you click All pages, and OK, and voilá, your document does have a new page size, but it is 17 x 11, not 11 x 17, and the white space is on top, not equally distributed as shown. But at least it hasn't stretched your scanned document as is implied by the dialog.
However, if you try to generalize to get the page size that you want, it doesn't work.
For instance, if you try to resize a document that is 11" x 8.486" (my document) to 14" x 9", a dialog comes up that says "Page size may not be reduced". If you try to resize it to 9" x 14" (just in case you misunderstood which is X and which is Y), no error message comes up, but the page size is not changed.
I'll futz around with this some more, but, Man, is Acrobat a time-sink.
So, I figured it out. You can't expand a document that is 11" x 8.46" to a page size of 14" by 8.5" directly. ("Page size may not be reduced"--even though you are expanding it). What you do is use the Crop tool to expand the page size to 17" x 11". Then you Crop again, but use the Crop part of the Crop tool (as opposed to the expand page size part of the Crop tool) to crop back down to 14" x 8.5". I don't know if this will print on legal size paper without reduction, but it gives me what I want on screen.
Perhaps because my document is scanned, the pages are not all the same size. I don't know, but for some reason I have to make the page wildly big, and then crop it. And Acrobat gives me no feedback on why. But at least I can move forward.