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Is there an easy way (in Preview or whatever) to scale up and split a PDF file with a single page into multiple pages? What I would like is to split say an A3 paper document into two A4 pages, to print separately and then put together with tape.

How can I do such a thing in OS X?

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Adobe Reader can do this, too: It includes a Poster Print option in its custom print dialog.

It’s the first time I missed a feature from Preview (or the native OS X print dialog) that Adobe Reader has.

Adobe Reader is free (as in beer) software, it used to be called Acrobat Reader. (Do not confuse it with full-blown Acrobat or any other expensive Adobe product, which can probably do that, too.)

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Amazing, indeed perhaps the easiest solution to get the desired result! –  Juan A. Navarro Feb 22 '14 at 18:02

If you in Preview select the half of the A3 (e.g. use the Inspector +I so you get the exact size) - then choose Crop +K, and print this "new" page e.g. as a PDF - after that you Undo the Crop with +Z, and do the same with the other half of the A3.

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Good enough poor man solution. I like it. –  Juan A. Navarro Apr 27 '11 at 12:20
Thank you - this has answered my problem, too. I have a PDF in which the pages are somehow double-height A4, so to print normal size I have to split each page into two. I used your suggestion and cropped each page, printed, used undo and then cropped each one again the other way and printed again. Takes a little time but it's simple and easy, thank you again! –  user6122 Apr 29 '11 at 9:22

Preview cannot do this unfortunately, but an $5 application called Tiler does this with ease.


Hope this helps.

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It made the job perfectly! –  fguillen Nov 12 '13 at 14:07

After googling, I found that "Preview.app" and "Automator.app" can handle this job.

  1. Open the pdf file in Preview.app
  2. Show Thumbnail
  3. Select all pages
  4. From Menu, choose "Tools" - "Select Tool"
  5. Select right side of a page to crop
  6. From Menu, choose "Tools" - "Show Inspector" 7, On the "Inspector" window, choose "Crop and rotate inspector"
  7. Push "Crop" button (in "Selected Pages" group)
  8. From Menu, choose "File" - "Print", and choose "PDF" - "Save as PDF...", and save as "right.pdf"
  9. Do same thing(4-7) for left side and save as "leftside.pdf"
  10. Start Automator.app and make workflow with following actions. a. "Get Specified Finder Items" (choose "leftside.pdf" and "rightside.pdf") b. "Combine PDF Pages" c. "Move Finder Items"
  11. Run the Automator workflow.
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