6 Replies Latest reply on Feb 3, 2013 10:01 AM by Phillip M Jones

    Letter size US to A4 UK size


      Hi all


      Many apologies if this question has been answered but couldn't find anything on the forum. I set music scores, save them to pdf and send them to be published. My printers have come back to say the pdf's are in US letter size of 11.0 x 8.5 inches. Can i save them in A4 UK size of 11.7 x 8.3 inches?

        • 1. Re: Letter size US to A4 UK size
          Bill@VT Level 7

          In the Save process do you mean you print to the Adobe PDF printer or something else. If you printed as I mentioned, then you can change the paper size in the printer properties to get A4 paper (do a custom page if you prefer, but looks like A4 is what you want.


          You may be able to change the page size with the crop tool. Unfortunately, I have never been able to get the crop page size option to work. It keeps telling me I can't reduce the page size.


          If there is nothing special in the file (like bookmarks and such that music scores usually do not have), then a simple way to get there from the PDFs is to print to new PDFs with the new page size selected. This is not normally a recommended solution, but might do the job for you.

          • 2. Re: Letter size US to A4 UK size
            merrisian Level 1

            Thanks for your reply. Once the score is finished (using Harmony assistant) I convert the file from the music software directly  to a PDF file using Adobe Reader 9. I then send the PDF file directly to the printers. They then create the music score for me with title page , contents etc. Their complaint is that the PDF file they receive is US Letter size and not UK A4 size.

            • 3. Re: Letter size US to A4 UK size
              Daniel Flavin Level 4

              Adobe Reader will not create pdf's. it is limited to viewing only.

              Harmony Assistant possibly has the Save As pdf feature.

              The best solution would be to define your Harmony Assistant pages as A4. Check the documentation for Page /Document Setup - Preferences.

              • 4. Re: Letter size US to A4 UK size
                Test Screen Name Most Valuable Participant

                When you find the option in Harmony note the exact size of a4 - 297 x 210 mm. A printer will need it very accurate, so a conversion in inches may not do.

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                • 5. Re: Letter size US to A4 UK size
                  benwiggy Level 1

                  Are you on a Mac or PC? Sounds like you're just using OS X's built-in "Save As PDF".


                  Either way, this has nothing to do with Acrobat: you just need to set up the Page size in Harmony Assistant to be A4. File menu > Page Setup, probably.

                  • 6. Re: Letter size US to A4 UK size
                    Phillip M Jones Level 4

                    IF they are using apple's PDF command I advise using the Print > PDF > Adobe PDF

                    click and hold on the PDF button a menu pops down and you can choose Adobe PDF.


                    By doing this your using Adobe's PDF engine Not Apple's



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