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The question is simple: I want to create a .PDF from pages 30-50 of an already existing 100 page .PDF.

What would be the easiest and most professional way to do this?

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The most "professional" way would be to buy a copy of Adobe Acrobat and edit the PDF. But, back in the real world, print to a PDF printer from Reader as @schöppi suggests. – ChrisF Oct 20 '10 at 21:03
up vote 6 down vote accepted

Print it on pdf printer and only select pages 30-50.

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CutePDF would be one such PDF Printer. – Force Flow Oct 20 '10 at 20:59
Do you mean physically print it? I need a digital copy :) – Eric Brotto Oct 20 '10 at 21:02
No, open print dialogue and select a pdf printer. Such as CutePDF as mentioned by Force Flow, or Adobe Acrobat – schöppi Oct 20 '10 at 21:03
CutePDF is extremely annoying nagware. For a completely free, non-nag, open-source PDF virtual printer for Windows, see PDFcreator – frabjous Oct 23 '10 at 21:35
How is CutePDF nagware? I've been using it for years and I've never been nagged. Actually, a lot of people complain that PDFcreator installs toolbars even when told not to - – Dan Dascalescu Sep 24 '11 at 10:32

I haven't used this but it looks interesting and offers a lot of other options as well:

PDF Split and Merge

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It is my "go to" tool for working with PDF pages. – Nathan Adams Oct 21 '10 at 3:57

There are two commandline tools, both available for Linux as well as for Windows or Mac OS X, which can do this:

Using pdftk/pdftk.exe:

pdftk mypdf.pdf cat 30-50 output mypdf-pages-30-50.pdf

Using gs/gswin32c.exe:

gswin32c.exe ^
 -o mypdf-pages-30-50.pdf ^
 -sDEVICE=pdfwrite ^
 -dFirstPage=30 ^
 -dLastPage=50 ^
 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress ^

(The gswin32.exe command is the example for Windows usage. On Linux, replace this with gs and type the complete command on one line, or replace the line-continue chars ^ by \.)

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I use the Bullzip PDF Printer, and have found it to be very reliable and reasonably configurable for a free product.

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