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copy selection from one pdf to another pdf

Jul 8, 2010 12:11 AM

Who knows how I can copy a selection from one pdf (including pictures and text) into another pdf?

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    Jul 8, 2010 2:35 AM   in reply to eliaswoudenberg

    The method I use is to open the document containing the pages I want to copy and extract the relevant pages to a new docuent. Save and close the new document.

    Now open the document you want to copy the pages into and insert the pages in the position you want them placed.

    Not as straight forward a simple copy and paste - but Adobe has failed to provide the simple system that works in vitually every other piece of software.

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    Jul 8, 2010 7:19 AM   in reply to wychegnome

    You can also use the drag and drop from the pages display in Acrobat.

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    Jul 8, 2010 10:43 AM   in reply to eliaswoudenberg

    Then you need to use the object touchup tool (or the other object tool -- never remember which one). You should be aware that massive editing of a PDF such as implied by your post is very problematic. Acrobat is not really an editor, but with some effort you can usually get what you want -- maybe cussing the software a bit along the way, though it is not something that the software ever promised.

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    Jul 9, 2010 5:05 AM   in reply to Bill@VT

    after copying part of a PDF using the snapshot tool from one PDF, it's still possible to paste this selection into a different pdf.

    Just be aware that when you paste this selection it's pasted as a stamp.


    So instead of Ctrl-v, do the following:

    Go to: Comments:Comments and Markup tools>stamps>paste clipboard image as stamp

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    Jul 10, 2010 12:43 AM   in reply to eliaswoudenberg

    can you post the pdf you're copying from and copying into?

    It sounds like they're not well formed PDF files.

    As the copied image on the clipboard is pasted as a comment you can also

    drag the handles of the image once it's copied into the pdf. It tends to

    paste the image at full size making the quality appear less.


    failing that, you could try pasting into Word first, then make a new

    copy of the image in Word and paste that as a comment instead.


    Also you can set the resolution of the image captured by the snapshot

    tool in Acrobat's  preferences:

    edit>preferences>general> 'Used fixed resolution for snapshot tool'


    As mentioned before you can also place an existing image (like a jpeg)

    into a PDF using the touchup Object tool. (Acrobat Pro or higher)

    Select the touchup object tool from tools>advanced editing

    then right-click in the pdf and select 'Place image' then select the

    image to be inserted.


    Some resizing will be required when doing this.

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    Jul 11, 2010 6:59 AM   in reply to eliaswoudenberg

    You can generally copy snap shots or objects (the reason I think I suggested the object touchup or select tools. An object is a whole block, not just what you would like. You might then be able to edit what you copy.

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