I have a PDF document with one page, containing a large image and some text. I need to add some other PDF documents and duplicate the page with the image 60 times, resulting in a final 70-page document for a professional printer. I've used Preview to do this, but it resulted in a huge file size because the image was always copied. Is there any way (app, command line) short of Adobe Acrobat (too pricey) to duplicate a pdf page while just referencing the image?
You can duplicate pages in preview by opening up the sidebar to display thumbnails (
If you instead add the page you wish to duplicate with
MS Word 2008 will do it, the same will work with Scribus 1.4.3.
With Scribus all you have to do is click the "Save as Pdf" icon and then select your options, I used pdf v 1.5 and 300dpi for the graphic. The size of the 1 page pdf was the same as the graphic itself, and the 62 page version was the same size.
Here is how I tested, I have a 2011 Macbook pro running osx 10.8.5 with MS word 2008.
I created a file in word with some text and an image which was originally 2.8 Mb.
I saved this in docx and doc format and pdf format with the save as command from within word. Then I also did a pdf print from the print menu.
I then copied the page 62 times and got the following results:
Original image 2.8 Mb
One page document
62 page document