Preflight in Acrobat DC Pro will allow you to do that.
I have tried the options in Preflight.
Mind you I am trying to take a pdf file that is 10 x 8 and make it into 11 x 8.5 so that everything is scaled UP roughly 110% -- not merely recrop a 10 x 8 file to fit "same size" on the larger page.
Can you tell me more exactly how I would do this?
I'd be very grateful. I did look all over the web for answers about this, did see references to "Preflight" and did explore them.
Some of the examples seemed to involve previous versions that had options that I could not find in my Preflight panel.
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Take a look here, it shows what you need to select in Preflight:
You need to select single fixups, then search for "scale", and then pick one of the scale options. In your case, I would use Scale pages to specified size and type in 11" and 8.5" as the long and short edge. You will end up with a page that is 8.5"x10.62". The reason is that you would have to scale the long and short edge with different ratios, so it scales that one of the edges is your exact target size, and the other is scaled proportionally. You can then use the "Set page boxes" feature (in the "Organize Pages" tools section) to enlarge the page to 8.5x11 (which will add white space at the top and the bottom):
i wanted to thank you for providing the information.
Though i pride myself on being able to figure things out for myself, there's no way I'd have found those needles in the haystack of Acrobat's functions -- particularly with the great, but daunting new interface
I haven't had time to implement the solution, but I believe your directions provide the key. Once I've actually made this work, I will confirm the solution here for others who are trying to scale up pdf files in a similar fashion.
But we should all be grateful to folks like Karl who take the time to share their expertise.
So thank you once again, Karl.
Glad that I could help. I have a whole bunch of those needles stuck all over my hands
I had trouble finding a solution to this in Adobe also. Finally I just took a snapshot and pasted on a Word doc in the size I needed. There, I could adjust the scale, position and margins. Then I saved as a PDF. Works great if you don't need the paper size to be any larger than 17" x 22".
This will convert the content of your PDF page to an image, which first of all creates a much larger document, but also removes a lot of valuable information in your PDF file (e.g. you can no longer search in the PDF document). If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro, using Preflight is a much better way to scale your document - without any bad side effects.
Point taken Karl. My solution really just works for basic docs. We use Acrobat XI Standard, not Pro.
If you use my script (linked to above) to scale up the pages you won't suffer any quality loss, at least not to the vector parts of your document.