How to Batch Edit PDF files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ryan.1, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. ryan.1 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2012

    I've been searching for a while for a software that would allow me to batch edit several pages of a PDF file. To make it easier let me tell you what I actually want to do.

    I own a kindle and a lot of book scans. Turning them to MOBI or AWZ via calible is difficult since all the formatting gets messed up (and I specifically mean the header and footer of the book is all around the pages).

    So I was thinking of finding a way to reduce the PDF to text, then I can run a OCR and turn in to say a .txt or .rtf file and then take it to my kindle.

    Now I do have the adobe creative suite and also adobe acrobat pro. However I still havent found a way to tell my adobe acrobat to say crop every page with the given dimensions.

    Does anyone know of a way or an app that does this? (i am surprised that I cannot find this option in acrobat pro, however I am still searching)
  2. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010

    - open your file with Acrobat Pro (I'm using version 10.1.3 but there will be similar features in versions 9.x and earlier I'm sure)

    - click Tools near top right of page

    - expand the Pages section

    - click Crop

    - select the part of the page you want cropped

    - now double-click inside the just-selected crop box to bring up the "Set Page Boxes" window

    - fine tune your "Crop Margins", "Change Page Size" and "Page Range" as you see fit. Adjusting Page Range will apply your crop setting to as many pages as you like. Done.

    For some reason though, this doesn't actually delete those parts of the page that are outside the crop box; it just masks them out of view and if you save the file, reopen it and go back to the Set Page Boxes window, you can undo the crop - good to know, specially if there is sensitive information involved. I've looked around in the past but haven't found a reasonable way to actually delete everything that's outside the crop box.
  3. ryan.1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2012
    Hey thnx for the help, and sorry for the late reply, for some reason I didnt get notified via email?!

    Anyways, does this "hidding" mean that I can then say run and OCR and have all the header of a book not recognized?

    I'll give it a try when I get home!
  4. dakwar macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010
    Np. As for the headers, I'm not sure but I think it just might work (i.e. not recognize the headers). Try it and let us know.

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