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I received an Adobe PDF scan of a document that displays upside-down.

I rotated it inside Adobe Acrobat and chose Save As to make a new document, however, the rotation is not saved and when I open the new document, it is upside-down again.

How can I correct this upside-down document as a new PDF file?

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You can open the PDF file in an Adobe app like Illustrator and then rotate in there. Then save as PDF and this should work. If you you don't have access to CS3 you may want to try open source PDF editing software.

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For those not familiar with Illustrator, here are instructions to rotate the content: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/28429/… –  Xavier Poinas Feb 9 at 13:34
You should name some "open source PDF editing software", otherwise this answer is quite useless for all the people that doesn't own a copy of Adobe Illustrator. –  Manuel Durando Feb 10 at 9:08
Realy? google.com/… seems pretty easy to me. Plus, I don't use any open source PDF software so I really don't have a good recommendation. –  nicorellius Feb 10 at 16:29

While there are many commercial tools available which allow you to modify/rotate a PDF document and save the changes, you have to download and install the software -- too much of a hassle for a one-off kinda task such as this. Luckily, the fine folks at http://www.rotatepdf.net/ allow you to have your PDF file rotated online to a desired degree (90 clockwise/counterclockwise and 180 clockwise) online, for free.

I just had this issue today and found the website. Once you specify the PDF you want to rotate and the degree of rotation, you click the "Rotate PDF" button. That uploads your PDF to thier servers and performs the requested rotation. Momentarily, you're greeted with a result page allowing you to view the result online or download the rotated PDF to your computer.

While they say they remove the PDF after conversion and don't retain it on their servers, I'd not upload a sensitive document for conversion.

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Used this and it was sweet and simple. –  aug Dec 13 '12 at 3:25
Web interfaces/tools are the best. No install, no uninstall, nice n sandboxed. Perfect! –  Rudie Feb 16 '13 at 1:18
Thanks for this free online tool, it was simple to use. –  Ron Feb 26 '14 at 1:48
This is fine as long as you don't want to rotate private/secret data (think SSN, email addresses, credit card numbers...) –  Stan May 19 '14 at 13:54

ImageMagick's convert tool can be given -flip -flop to reflect in both axes, which will do a 180° rotate.

You may want to use the -density option to keep a decent resolution (as pointed out in the comments, the default 70 dpi looks ugly. 300 or 600 dpi give better results)

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+1, For opensource utility. –  PCoder Dec 27 '12 at 8:39
I tried this, and the resulting quality of the rotated PDF was HORRIBLE! –  robguinness Jul 31 '13 at 12:31

Make sure you go to Documents ⇨ Rotate Pages and then save it. This should work if you close and reopen. If you go to View ⇨ Rotate View and try to save the document it will not keep the rotated view when you save it.

For Adobe Acrobat 10, go to Tools on the right and rotate it that way, then save it.

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If you rotate it from the Toolbar via VIEW it won't save the rotated format. The save option is actually grayed out. If you go to the right side bar with TOOLS » COMMENT » SHARE. Choose Tools and rotate your pages from there, it will save just fine. –  user202541 Feb 26 '13 at 20:36
@user202541 I have success following your method, why not put it as answer? –  checksum May 10 '14 at 3:22
This is the best answer. It is done within Acrobat. –  Vennsoh Jun 3 '14 at 3:29
Where is Documents located in Adobe Reader? There is no Documents tab? –  Kala J Jul 31 '14 at 14:17
@KalaJ: jwade isn't talking about Adobe Reader, he's talking about Adobe Acrobat, which unlike Adobe Reader is not a free product. –  twasbrillig Oct 20 '14 at 5:19

Follow these steps:

  • Rotate to the correct view
  • Select: File -> Print -> Printer: PDF Printer
  • Save as your document


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Another solution: rotate it, copy it all into Word and then save that document as a PDF. You have to change the Word document to have no margins before copying it over.

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I have PDF-Xchange Viewer,and it is easy to fix and save orientation with this freeware.I also have Foxit Reader which although freeware as well,is very limited in it's editing ability.Go with the PDF-Xchange Viewer!

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Another solution for automating this is to use pdftk (which unlike Imagemagick's convert, won't change the resolution). It can be done with the command

pdftk inputfilename.pdf cat 1-endS output outputfilename.pdf

where cat instructs pdftk to catenate pages (as opposed to burst mode where you get a lot of little files) 1-end is the page range and S is the direction to rotate it (top points South)

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on a mac you can go to the print menu and on the bottom left corner you can print a PDF of you document after you rotate it. It will create a new PDF with the new changes.

In windows: go to www.ninite.com check off PDFCreator or CutePDF, and get the installer. It will create a PDF printer for you to select in the print dialogue, and when you print, it will prompt you with a save dialogue for a PDF file.

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I am not sure if it possible in Adobe PDF Reader but Foxit PDF Editor (Paid software, trial available) has the feature to save a PDF file after rotating it.

  1. Install Foxit Editor.
  2. Open the file in Foxit.
  3. Go to Document -> Pages -> Rotate.
  4. Do a Save As to save the changes.
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Here is the easiest solution. It is free and can be done online. http://www.rotatepdf.net/

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If you don't have the reading pane already up to do the option mentioned above, then you can just click Document-Rotate Pages . This should allow you to save the rotated view.

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You need to be working with a version of Acrobat that allows changes (i.e., not simply free reader). In the pages tab on the left, highlight the pages you want rotated (by left-clicking on them, use Ctrl to click on multiple pages), then right-click - Rotate Pages - 180 degrees. Then save.

In Acrobat Pro, click on Document at the top, then Rotate Pages. Then save the document. Works perfectly.

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