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I have a scanned PDF (two vertical pages on one horizonatal page). How can I split them to be single pages in Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended?

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Why do you need it to happen in Acrobat? –  Eroen Dec 19 '11 at 2:00
I do not, it just seems to be the natural tool to use it. –  Lukas Feb 26 '12 at 10:42

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You can use Briss to split multi-page PDFs into single page ones (or crop out whatever you want). It loads up all the pages at once and overlays them, so that you can see what portion of the page the text occupies.

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What I do is this:

  1. Open the file in Acrobat - and be sure that the Page Thumbnails tray is open.
  2. Select the page that you want to 'split' and right-click or control-click to bring up the context menu - select 'Extract Pages'. This will extract the selected page to another Acrobat file.
  3. In the Page Thumbnails tray of the new window - drag the page thumbnail back to the Page Thumbnail tray of the original PDF document. You should now have two identical pages in your PDF.
  4. Now - crop each page for the material that you want to keep - for example - in page 1 crop away the right half of the document, in page 2 crop away the left half.
  5. Even though you can't see those cropped portions of the pages - they're still there - however - if you run OCR recognition on the document it will discard the cropped portions. (Tools...Recognize Text...In This File...)
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That would work for a single page, not for the whole book. –  Lukas Feb 26 '12 at 10:46

You can include the scanned page twice in the PDF and crop it to show only the left or right page.

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Would that not double the file size? And how to do it for all the pages? –  Lukas Feb 26 '12 at 10:45

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