PDF: Split Facing Pages

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dylan, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. dylan macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    I scanned a book a while back to a PDF file. I would like to split the PDF pages in half so that each paper page is on an individual PDF page. The only way I can see to do this is to duplicate the file and crop one copy to the left page and the other to the right. Of course, combining the files would be a tedious process.

    Is there an easier way? I have Preview 4, Acrobat 8 and PDF Pen.

  2. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Sounds like you could probably automate the process with Automator and Preview? Also, combining them should be easy if you select all of the copies and drag them into Preview. Then just select all of the pages in Preview and Print > Save as PDF.
  3. dylan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2005
    Thanks for the reply, unfortunately it isn't that easy.

    The problem is all the pages would be ordered like so: 1, 3, 5, 7 . . . 2, 4, 6, 8 . . .

    To put them into the correct order (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 . . .) would take manually dragging and dropping them.

    There are tools for windows that do this all automatically. I suppose I'll have to install Parallels again...
  4. user13 macrumors regular


    Dec 22, 2006
    You can try Boot Camp or Crossover, but Parallels is really the best way to get Windows apps work
  5. flashjet macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2009
    Hey dylan I joined this forum just to reply here. Even though this may have come late my reply may be still be useful for others.

    I had a problem similar to yours and I found a very sage advice on one of the internet forums. I have followed the advice and it works great. Find it out here:


    Best thing about it is that you do not require any software other than acrobat. It is simply a matter of setting print properties right.
  6. vasbinde macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2009
    hi there,

    The tool called, "Briss" is an excellent tool for doing this. You can scan a book with two pages per scan and then open the PDF in Briss. Then select the sides of each page that should be even pages, then select with another box the alternating odd pages. You don't have to select every page: I have attached an example of what it looks like to this post.


    Briss will automatically split the PDF into even and odd pages. Then you can save the PDF again, run OCR on it, etc.

    Here is a link for Briss (NOTE: It is a cross platform - Windows, Mac, Linux - Program that is built using Java. So on Mac OS X, you double click the JAR file, on windows, the EXE, etc.):

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/briss/files/release%200.0.13/briss-0.0 .13-bin.zip/download

    NOTE - Briss is FREE.
  7. rufwork macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2003
    You, sir, are a lifesaver.
  8. Sothos macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2009
    AMAZING. I just wanted to express my gratitude to you, awesome sir. :D
  9. jmgriffin macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2011
    I just registered for this forum specifically to reiterate the following for teaching me about briss:

  10. yourstreet macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2012
    Abbyy and Briss = Bliss

    Another person registered just for this thread! Briss works great.

    Using it with a double-sided scan, Briss split it apart perfectly (and with such good manners...four "multi-overlaping exemplars" for my book to ensure accuracy) and it went into Abbyy Mac just fine. Looks great, works great.

  11. mousouchop macrumors 6502a


    Oct 22, 2008
    New York
    I'm with everyone else; Briss is amazing. Thanks for the link.

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