Sunday, August 11, 2013

Acrobat -- Scale PDF Pages

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Update (02/07/2015): Now there's a new feature to this tool that lets you scale to one of several standard page sizes: A4, A3, A2, Letter, Ledger or Tabloid.
And if you need any other standard size let me know and I'll add it!
The scaling to these sizes preserves the original proportions of the pages, so it adds white space around them instead of distorting them.
The dialog for this new feature looks like this:

Using this new tool you can scale your PDF pages to a new size of your choice, while maintaining the original aspect ratio of the pages, as well as any objects located in them, such as form fields, links or annotations (including stamps).

The script allows you to select which pages to scale, and offers two scaling options:
  • To a certain percentage of the original size
  • To a fixed size, specified by you, using one of the following units:
    • Points
    • Inches
    • Millimeters
When you run the script (from the Scale Pages button it adds to the Tools menu on the right) it looks like this:

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In this option we select to scale the current page to 50% of the original size. The result can be seen below (click all images to enlarge them). Notice the zoom is the same as before, and the actual page size can be seen on the bottom-left corner of the window.

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Alternatively, we can also scale the pages in the file to a fixed size, 100 mm in width in this instance:

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And the result (again in the same zoom factor):

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 Using this file we can also see that the meta-objects on the page have been scaled down. This is the same page magnified to 250% zoom, allowing us to see the scaled link (bottom left corner), form field (top left corner, called "Button1"), and Square annotation (bottom right corner):

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This handy tool can be yours for just $60 per license! You can purchase it directly via PayPal using the "Buy Now" button at the top of this post.

If you have any questions about this tool, you can contact me directly.

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