How can I adjust/print a scanned PDF on A4 paper for free?

GrrGrrr September 24, 2012
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I have scanned a book on either legal/ledger paper, as it didn’t fit on a A4 paper.

Now as I don’t have access to either legal/ledger paper/printer, the printout on A4 shrinks the entire PDF page to adjust to A4 size paper.

I’d appreciate it if you could help me in finding a way to print only 1/2 of the PDF page, so that it fits and prints properly on A4 paper.

I found a paid software (pdfgrabber) which could extract the set area of A4 paper size- using feature- Area editor (define the area to be exported with a frame). Is there something similar available for free?

Below is a sample PDF page I’m talking about.

  1. 0c6892ade2f19fb5ad6953033450ad0b
    September 25, 2012 at 4:37 am

    Try the free version of Nitro
    It can do some amazing things. Even if you have to use the free trial to access the features in Pro. It will convert pdf files to Word files. Then, after adjusting the page size, you could "print" it back to pdf with Nitro.

  2. Erlis D.
    September 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Usually when you click print, you can go to the advanced options, and there you can adjust the settings! But a good option I can suggest you is to convert the pdf with PDF Converter Assistant (or any similar software), on Microsoft Word document! After converting it, you can make the changes in the page format.. That has to do with your ability in MS Word! I think this is the best way! Hope it helped!

  3. Rob Hindle
    September 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    NB - repeat posting. On my PC I was showing as logged in but evidently not...

    This might help...
    Several steps so not much use if you need to do more than a few pages.
    You want to do a screen grab that has the whole document as large as possible.

    Get the document on screen, in Adobe reader using your sample maximise the window, scale to as large as possible to show just one page.
    Press PrtScn
    Open an image editor - my preferred one is Irfan View, very fast to load
    Rotate the image 90 degrees so the document is right way up
    Crop down to just the bit you need
    Print (portrait, best fit)

    Repeat for the second page

  4. Kannon Y
    September 24, 2012 at 4:56 am

    I had the exact same problem when a professor supplied us with scanned pages from his rare book that no one could find anywhere else. We had to print a few pages from it for class and no one knew how.

    Someone (at MUO?) suggested that we use PDFCrop, which created a new PDF with margins that you can specify. So what we did was chop off as much of the margins as possible so that the print could be read on a single page. It worked. The print was tiny but still readable.

    It is possible to extract an image file from each PDF and then manually crop each page, but that's a ridiculous amount of work for such small gain.

    Hope this works for you!

    • Kannon Y
      September 24, 2012 at 4:59 am

      By the way, this is the software that I used to crop my scans down:

      I've tried several, but ultimately, this one is easily the best.

  5. faniy
    September 24, 2012 at 4:42 am

    From your sample i try to print per half of the page using foxit reader and use “marquee select” features.

  6. ferdinan Sitohang
    September 24, 2012 at 2:31 am

    From your sample i try to print per half of the page using foxit reader and use "marquee select" features. I am success to print half of it, but if you have a lot of page to print half of it, i don't think it is the best solution, since you need to select half page per page. Foxit reader totally free.

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