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Merge 2 pdf pages to 1?

Aug 31, 2010 6:43 AM

Hi folks


Time to time I have to merge PDF pages (pages 2-3 to one doublesized page etc). I have always done that by printing multiple pages per sheet... in my case 2 pages per sheet, but instead of printing, I have saved my work as PDF.


Now I have upgraded to MacOS X 10.6 and that doesn´t work any more. If I try, I get warning "Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported, use File>Save instead".


My problem is that there is no option "Save multiple pages per sheet"... so there´s no use to save it.... Is there some workarounds? I really need this feature and I can´t believe it has been taken away....

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    Aug 31, 2010 7:17 AM   in reply to Petteri_Paananen

    Reburning pdf files has been frowned upon by Adobe for several years now. The changes in the pdf printing capabilities were required by Snow Leopard's internal architecture changes. Adobe had no control. The best way to do what you want is through a neat utility I have used for years, Quite Imposing,

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    Aug 31, 2010 10:46 AM   in reply to Petteri_Paananen

    Sorry, duplicate info.

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    Aug 31, 2010 3:05 PM   in reply to Petteri_Paananen

    One work around would be to create a blank PDF document to the size that you need. So, if you want to combine two 8.5" x 11" PDFs into a 17" x 11" PDF, create a blank PDF measuring 17" x 11".


    Then with your Blank PDF open, go to the "Document" menu and "Background" > "Add/Replace". For "Source" choose the page you want on the left and pick that PDF file setting the horizontal position at 0 from left.


    Then go to the "Document" menu > "Watermark" > "Add". For "Source" choose the page you want on the right and pick that PDF file setting the horizontal position at 0 from right. Make sure you set the opacity and scale to 100%.

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    Sep 29, 2010 12:45 AM   in reply to Russell Goodman

    hi there,


    i used to print into one single pdf multiple pages (like tiles of 16,32 or 64 pages) into one single poster size file. i cannot do that anymore so was wondering if any of you have found a workaround or a tip or tool to do this in an automated way?



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    Jun 6, 2011 12:23 PM   in reply to Petteri_Paananen

    I hope this helps! I've been back and forth trying to figure this out myself, and now I may have an answer!!!


    I put a tutorial video to see visually!! I'll do my best to give step by step!

    I am using a Macbook Pro 2.33ghz. Adobe Acrobat Pro 10.0.3

    Click the Video to see how it's done on vimeo. You can also download it from my vimeo site!



    1. In Adobe Acrobat go to "Combine Files into PDF"


    2. Select the 2 files you want.


    3. You will see that the 2 files are seperate and you want them to be together as one page. To do this>

         Click "View>Page Display>Two Page View"

    Boom, you see it's landscape, and they look to be on one page. BUT it's still 2 pages!! Hence in Two Page View.


    4. Make sure you zoom out to see the edges of the pages. Make sure your tool bars and page drop down menus are hidden and not showing. You want to just see the landcape files side by side.


    5. Go to "File>Create>PDF From Screen Capture"

         This will than duplicate your screen and you will see another window of your work.


    6. Now drop down from the left your "Tool" bar and click "CROP" tool

         Crop the 2 landscaped files.

         Once selected hit "ENTER" on your keyboard. This will than crop your file.


    7. Go to "FILE" and save your work as a pdf.

         You have now created 2 files into one page.


    Once you have created the 2 page merge, you than take your final PDF and Combine Files into PDF allowing you to save your work as one PDF.

    In my case it was a magazine file I needed to create. Didin't want each page to be one page at a time. Needed them to be combined as you can see in my tutorial!!


    Thanks for looking and hope this helps!!

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    Jun 6, 2011 3:16 PM   in reply to stevoramaa

    There is another way which involves a bit of work, but it leaves the combined pdf editable (allowing that you only have Acrobat Pro).

    Combine the pdfs as Steve described.

    1. Using the Crop pages tool (Advanced > Print Production > Crop Pages), click the page and when the box comes up, select 'Change page size' and choose any page size that is at least twice as big. The page will probably not be the aspect you want - may be portrait instead of landscape.

    2. Using the 'Touch up Object Tool' (Tools > Advanced Editing > Touch Up Object Tool) drag the marquee around your 1st page artwork, copy it, delete the artwork and rotate the page to horizontal aspect. Then paste the artwork back. Drag a horizontal rule down to line up the top of the artwork.

    3. Go to your second page and using the same Touch Up Object Tool, copy the second page artwork and return to the first (enlarged) page and paste.

    4. Drag the artwork into line, using the arrow keys to nudge into place, and crop page as desired.

    Thanks for posing the question, there are probably heaps of ways to do it using Acrobat alone, but this is the only one I could come up with.

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    Jul 15, 2011 1:32 PM   in reply to Petteri_Paananen

    1) Open your original file in the application Preview


    2) "Print to PDF" (pulldown menu in bottom left of print dialog window) with 2 pages per sheet just as you did before updating your OS.

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    Nov 8, 2011 8:22 AM   in reply to Petteri_Paananen

    I have done this! However, you might need Acrobat Pro to do this...


    1) Open your PDF (in Adobe Acrobat Pro)

    2) Chose print


    The print/printer options pop-up will show.


    3) In the printer section, do not use your normal printer, a printer named Adobe PDF should be an option. Chose it.

    4) Under the "Page handling" section, change the Page Scaling drop-down menu to "Multiple pages per sheet".




    I tried it with a document with over 100 pages and it only takes a few minutes for the conversion to take place, but it works perfectly.

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    May 24, 2013 2:33 PM   in reply to djwaraujo

    It works, but it looses all of the font information and the search no longer works. How can you do it savint the font info so the search tool continues to operate?

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