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Save a portion of a pdf as another pdf?

May 4, 2012 9:55 PM

I'm on Mac, OS 10.6.8, Snow Leopard.


I just upgraded to Acrobat X Pro from version 8.  With the v8 print driver, I could display a portion of a pdf file, then print that view, fitted to the size paper I wanted, and create a new pdf file of just that portion of the original pdf.


With Acrobat X, in the print window I follow that procedure, then since there's longer an Acrobat printer, I click on the 'Printer' Button which gives me the system print window.  Again, I can't choose Acrobat printer because there isn't one, so I click on the 'PDF' button and can then choose 'Save as Adobe PDF'.  I then get a message that "Saving a PDF file when printing is not supported.  Instead, choose File > Save"


The problem is that I can't use Save to create just a portion of a pdf file.  There isn't any choice for that when you save or save as!  I've also tried to 'Take a Snapshot' from the Edit menu, but again going to Print, I can't print to PDF.  I get the same 'not supported' message as before.


So can you no longer create a pdf file from a portion of another larger pdf?  I'm an architect and deal with large drawings all the time. 24 inches by 36 inches or larger.  I often need to create a pdf of just a detail within a drawing to then email to someone.  Is my only choice to reinstall the Acrobat 8 printer driver somehow so that I can get that capability back?


What's the point of having that 'Save to Adobe PDF' if you can't use it for anything?

  • Currently Being Moderated
    May 5, 2012 1:55 AM   in reply to JRgville

    That option is now available under More Options in the Print dialog.

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    May 5, 2012 12:42 PM   in reply to JRgville

    See if this works for you: Do a File > Save As > PDF and save a copy of your original.


    With the copy open, choose Tools > Pages > Crop.


    Create a crop area of the part of a page (or pages) you want to include. Double-click the crop area to bring up the Crop dialog. Choose either the current page or the range of pages you want to include in your selection PDF. And click OK.


    Print from this file.

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    May 5, 2012 5:34 PM   in reply to JRgville

    It was Apple's decision to change architecture with 10.6 that has caused the inablity to print to pdf.

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