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I need to crop a few pdf files, to create four pages from each source page. I know, hot to do that with ImageMagick, but it can't work with vector images, which pdf is, so the resulting quality is far from good. Is there any programme, which would let me do this and not lose image (mostly,text, actually) quality?

EDIT: I want this. I have a pdf file, created from a presentation, and each page of it contains 4 slides from a presentation.

I want each of these pages to became a separate page.

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marked as duplicate by Karan, Tanner Faulkner, Canadian Luke, slhck May 18 '13 at 6:54

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4 separate pdf files or some other file format? Or are you saying that a page of the presentation in the PDF file contains 4 slides. Essentially the PDF was generated with 4-up. See this URL for examples: of 1-up, 2-up, 4-up,…. You want to print each of the slides in the 4-up on it's own individual page. – slm May 11 '13 at 11:45… You can see it there. It seems, it is printed 4-up, yes. – Phlya May 11 '13 at 11:47
Also, I don't have enough reputation to answer my own question, but I have found the right programme: briss, – Phlya May 11 '13 at 11:51
Yeah we found it at the same time, I just added it to my answer. – slm May 11 '13 at 11:53
Ok, thank you, in this case I'll accept you answer =) – Phlya May 11 '13 at 11:57
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Here are a couple of tools that can manipulate PDF files:

  • pdftk "If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover, hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a simple tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents."
  • pdfsam (PDF Split and Merge): "pdfsam is an open source tool (GPL license) designed to handle pdf files"
  • PDFJam "A small collection of shell scripts which provide a simple interface to much of the functionality of the excellent pdfpages PDF file package (by Andreas Matthias) for pdfLaTeX." (You can also use pdfLaTeX directly.)


So you want to remove 'page 13' from in1.pdf to create out1.pdf:

pdftk in.pdf cat 1-12 14-end output out1.pdf

Converting 2-Up, 4-Up back to 1-Up

The OP modified the question afterwards and added some additional requirements. They were looking to be able to take a 2-Up or 4-Up PDF file and convert it to a 1-Up PDF file. This tool looks like it can do this.


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Thank you! I know there are a lot of such tools, but is any of them capable of what I need? – Phlya May 11 '13 at 10:58
They all can do what you want, if I understand your question. I've added an example of how to cut page 13 from a pdf file and write the remaining pages (1-2,14-end) to a new pdf file. – slm May 11 '13 at 11:06
Ok, it seems, I wasn't clear enough, about what I need. I'll change the question to make it more clear. – Phlya May 11 '13 at 11:12

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