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I have a lot of PDFs that I need to convert a single page from to a TIFF. Acrobat would let me batch this for ALL pages but that would take too much space.

Is there a way to do this?

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Use Ghostscript. It gives you a lot of controls over various aspects of your TIFF output. Here are a few commandline examples:

gswin32c.exe ^
  -o mytiffpage.tif ^
  -sDEVICE=tiffg4 ^
  -dFirstPage=13 ^
  -dLastPage=15 ^

This will create a multipage TIFF G4 (compressed fax format, which is grayscale) from pages 13-15 of your input.pdf, with the default resolution, which is 204dpi (width) by 196dpi (height).

Let's say you want each of the pages as an individual TIFF file, and you want a uniform resolution of 600dpi. Then specify the command like this:

gswin32c.exe ^
  -o mytiffpage_%03d.tif ^
  -sDEVICE=tiffg4 ^
  -dFirstPage=13 ^
  -dLastPage=15 ^
  -r600x600 ^

Your output pages will be named mytiffpage_001.tif ... mytiffpage_003.tif. Let's say you want CMYK color TIFFs with 8 bit depth per channel, compressed, just the single page 14 from the input.pdf, at a resolution of 300 dpi:

gswin32c.exe ^
  -o mytiffpage_p14.tif ^
  -sDEVICE=tiff32nc ^
  -dFirstPage=14 ^
  -dLastPage=14 ^
  -sCompression=lzw ^
  -r300 ^

For more options look at the Ghostscript usage and device documentation.

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In GNU/Linux try installing pdfjam, then:

pdfjoin file.pdf 1

The number at the end of the previous command supposes you want to convert page number 1 of file.pdf, change it at your will. This will output a file called file-joined.pdf containing only page number 1. After that execute:

convert file-joined.pdf file-joined.tiff

convert has lots of options to style the final output of your tiff file. Check the manual for more info.

You'll need imagemagick to have the convert command. To install both packages in a debian-based distribution do as a root:

apt-get install pdfjam imagemagick


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Maybe helpful, but the question is most probably about Windows (the OP is using Acrobat). – slhck Jun 6 '11 at 17:59

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