I have Adobe Acrobat XI Pro on my Mac running 10.6.
How do I resize an existing .pdf document that is 20" x 40" down to 4" x 8"?
In both of these cases you will lose any markup. However, they are the same processes I would have recommended also. You might be able to select everything on the page and then reduce the size, but I don't think you can do this easily. You would then have to shrink the page (with the crop tool). Just printing is probably the fastest solution.
Thank you Gilad D, Steve and Bill for your answers. Unfortunately, they don't solve my problem.
Acrobat does not have a virtual printer option for a Mac operation 10.6. The only way you can "print" to a .pdf is by opening up any application and using File -> Print -> PDF -> Save as PDF.
Any application, that is, except Acrobat.
The Acrobat print dialog box gives the user a robust number of options to manipulate the printing of a document. Sadly, there is no "print to PDF" option. When you choose "Printer" (lower left corner), you get the printer's default dialog box that gives making a PDF an option. However if you choose this, another dialog box pops up stating "Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported. Instead, choose File > Save." When you go to File > Save, it is greyed out (since you are using an existing saved PDF file). If you try Save As, you are not given the option to resize the page.
Alternatively, when you open the existing PDF file in Macintosh's Preview or Skim applications, you are given the option in the print dialog boxes to scale the image. However when you print to a PDF, the file size does not change (which is one of the driving motivations for changing the page size).
I can't believe that Adobe doesn't have an option in Acrobat to address this issue. While I appreciate the suggestions regarding InDesign (or even PhotoShop for that matter), I'd rather not drop $400 +/- for a program to solve a problem that a reasonable person would expect Acrobat to do itself.
Please... are there any other options?
Those are the options I'm aware of.
There are many features which people think "should be" in Acrobat (or any large application). You can file a feature request here to pass what you think should be included to those who make the decisions:
This requirement seems pretty rare, except in high end print circles (since Acrobat can scale on printing). So high end print-specific plug-ins may offer this facility. But InDesign may be cheaper.
I am a commercial real estate agent and I have to create large and easily transportable documents.
I'll often get plat maps and building renderings at 2 or 3 times the standard 8 1/2" x 11 and the additional resolution brings no benefit to the package. The "cost" is the ultimate file size and, with some e-mail accounts still capped at 5MB (hard to believe, but true), I don't want to be the one that sends a file so large that it fills up their storage capacity forcing subsequent e-mails to be turned away.
I'd argue that the need for it is "rare" - but I would agree that many could take advantage of the feature if it were offered.
Besides, what fun is an application upgrade if you can't offer new "features"?
Phillip - thank you for taking the time to write. However, I don't understand your comment.
I do have Acrobat installed here on my Macintosh. But I'm not sure what/where the "PDF button" is.
If you're talking about the Printer & Fax options in the System Preferences, Mac OS 10.6 does not allow for Acrobat to be a "printer" by itself, you have to access it through one of the print dialog boxes from the printers that it's connected to.
When I access the PDF option through the printer's dialog box, I can create a new PDF, but I can't seem to be able to resize the page such that a 20" x 40" page gets reduced to 4" x 8". Since I don't need the page to be that large, I also don't need the file size that accompanies it.
Maybe I've misunderstood what you are trying to tell me. If you have the time (and think your answer solves my problem), would you be willing to clarify?
Ah, so it isn't really the size in inches that concerns you, it's the size in megabytes.
I can tell you that the high end tools for resizing in inches do nothing to change the size; if ever Acrobat added a tool to do that it would probably be the same.
There's no direct connection between size in inches and size in megabytes. To reduce the latter, you can reduce the resolution of images using tools already in Acrobat. But maps are often made up of line drawings, which cannot be reduced.
Limiting email to 5 megabytes is still good manners. Consider the person forced to fetch your email on a cellphone paying by the megabyte! But there are many ways to send large files other than email, such as Adobe's sendnow service.
One last option that might be what you want. Save the PDF as a TIFF or related graphic file. You will get a TIFF for each page. Then resize the TIFFs in a graphics package (not sure what to suggest on a MAC -- I use IrfanView on a PC) to reduce the image size. The open the images in Acrobat and make a single PDF from them. This may or may not do the job, but it might be worth a try. Philip is a long time MAC user and his advice is probably sound, though I have no clue since I do not have a MAC.
Test Screen Name - thank you.
For me, it is both screen size and file size. In my business, I have just a few moments to capture a prospective investor's attention. If the rendering of the project is a huge (40", say) then the subsequent 8 1/2" pages will show on some readers as being very small (since the initial screen view was sized to fit the largest document in the file). Having all the pages fit into the same width just makes the presentation a little more professional.
I've been using PhotoShop since V 1.0 in 1990 and usually use it to resize large PDF documents. I found myself doing that again this weekend and then had the thought, "Why can't my $200 Acrobat application do this?"
Gilad - I'm intrigued by this idea but don't completely understand how to do it.
I created a 8 1/2" x 11" (100 ppi) TIF in PhotoShop then opened that up as a new PDF page in Acrobat. I went to Tools > Background > Add Background and opened up the dialog box. I imported the file I wanted to change the page size on but it came up blank. Clearly I am doing something wrong.
Is there a site or thread I could follow to figure this out?
Maybe it's an issue with the TIF file you used for the original document...
Try using the Add Watermark command, and select the option to add the
watermark on top of the page's contents. However, if your goal is to
minimize the file size, I don't think this solution might be what you're
Don't mean to sound dim, but why can't you just set the output page size to letter/A4 and choose Shrink To Printable Area/Fit To Printable Area in the Print dialogue box? Or just choose a percentage to print it to and adjust up or down until you get the best result?
Opening in Preview, setting paper size to Letter and saving as PDF allowed me to convert a PDF sized at .85" x 1.1" to 8.5" x 11". (I created a dupe PDF, in order to save comments.)
I was also able to create a 4" x 8" custom size and create a PDF at that size also.
Both PDFs came out fine...hope this helps. If I haven't been clear as to the steps I took please let me know.
Hope this is helpful from my Mac running OSX 10.8. From the above screen, I click on Printer... and it opens the standard printer dialog. In the bottom left corner, there's a PDF button.
Update: Sorry, didn't expect so much resistance from the program. Basically every function in the PDF print menu is not supported by Adobe. Go with saving from Preview...