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Feature request: Resize page feature

I don't know how this happened, but I exported a print out of a web page that was sized at 8.5x11 as a PDF, and when I opened the PDF in Adobe DC, somehow the page size turned into 13.17x16.78, and now when I print the PDF, it cuts out everything on the page that is outside of the 8.5x11 paper size. I have been trying and trying to just resize the PDF to 8.5x11, but I can't find this feature anywhere - and I've really been looking hard! So if there was a way you could add a feature that would allow people to resize that page size of their PDFs, I think that would be really useful, and from reading the message boards, I think a lot of people would be happy about it if you did that.

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The ability to change PDF dimensions absolutely needed in today's publishing world-- without "work arounds." I have a book layout that is needed at 95% for a different printer. (Not crop or print to larger scale, but simply 95% smaller X and Y). We should be able to do this directly in Acroboat, without having to resize the original document (such as is possible in InDesign). Please.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        need to resize legal size to letter size page WITHOUT printing and having to scan back in. I don't want to crop out part of the document.

      • Mike Armour commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Thanks Ken. Duly noted. Sorry Leonard. I think I know the option you're talking about, but when I selected that drop-down list, all the options were grayed out - so I couldn't select any of them. Not sure why Adobe would not allow that when it would be needed.

      • Ken Jeffries commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Full disclosure: I haven't tried to do this in Acrobat, yet, but I do agree it should be an option and can anticipate that I will need this feature in the future.

        Having said that, the reason I am posting is to point out that "flaming" and name-calling on ANY forum just because you are frustrated is NOT likely to get you what you want.

        Not only is being respectful just common courtesy, but if it's me you're talking to, you're not very likely to get a positive response nor help with your feature request, and I'd guess the same is true for Adobe's experts, programmers, and designers.

        C'mon, people, cool down first, THEN post your request in friendly terms.

      • Leonard Rosenthol commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In the bottom left corner of the Set Page Box dialog it allows you to change the size of the page (optionally scaling the contents to match).

      • Mike Armour commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Leonard, the crop ability is not a resize. If I want to reduce or enlarge a picture of my grandma, I do not achieve that by cutting it in half or adding a lot of white space around it, respectively. I see the Set Page Box command come up when I crop, and if there is a way to truly resize the document in that option then I'd love to see how. It only allows me to crop.

      • Leonard Rosenthol commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Acrobat has two different ways to resize a page - both of which have been in the product for 15 years.

        First off, you can use the Crop tool, just as you would in an image (or similar) editor to crop the size of the page to what you wish.

        Second, you can use the Set Page Box command to resize & scale the contents to a different size.

        Hope that helps.

      • Maik commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Guys, being able to edit PDFs that way was never an intention when the PDF format was created. It was supposed to be the end format of a document, not to be changed anymore. Usually, adaptions to size would be done in the source application. Indesign, Word, whatever.
        Editing alien PDFs is usually not wanted or even not allowed.

        There are tools which can upscale or downscale a PDF. For example Indesign. If you place the PDF in Indesign you can scale it to anything you want, then export again as PDF.

      • Andrew commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I am spending a lot of time trying to do this same seemingly basic and simple task - re-sizing a PDF. Acrobat should make this task as easy as it seems like it should be... seriously. I have several PDFs that are cropped to odd sizes - I simply want to re-save them at their existing scale on a letter-sized white background without converting out of PDF format into some kind of image format, then back into a blank letter-sized blank white PDF. I don't want to lose any quality of the original cropped image PDF by going through a 3rd party format. This should be easy... maybe it is and I just haven't found a solution?

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I tried the workaround, only to be informed by Acrobat Pro DC that printing to a file is not supported. I agree that a resize page option should be a basic part of the package - this is silly.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I AM IN "VIOLENT AGREEMENT" -- I too have large scale drawings that I would like to scale and particularly "SPLICE" two drawings together. I know what they're going to say: "Have you tried our PHOTOSHOP application, sir?"
        Well, of course, I have spent 1,000 hours just trying to learn how to open the application up and do just that, but there is NO TUTORIAL on how to create a drawing that's larger than STANDARD or LEGAL. If I had TWO LIFETIMES to get a PhD in "How to survive the VERY DIFFICULT LEARNING CURVE of Adobe Photoshop", just in order to do the most fundamental tasks, then I'd not be wasting more of my life in here b*tching about it, I guess...

      • David Kennedy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I often combine sets of evidence documents that range in size from a single column of a newspaper to 1/2 page and would like to make the page sizes in the new document more uniform for easier scrolling.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        How the **** does your Adobe Acrobat Pro software simply not have a resize function you stupid ******* *****. Way to waste people's time with round about stupid methods just to standard page size. Whoever designed this or failed to implement this function should actually kill themselves.

      • Paul commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Ability to change 'page size' on existing pdfs.

        I work in Construction and receive a lot of scale drawings, usually created from tools like AutoCAD. Often enough the designer doesn't select the correct options when plotting to pdf - meaning that the page size on the pdf is not correct (ie a PDF shows as A3, but needs to be printed at A1 for the scale to work correctly). This causes issues with document control (ie individuals may unwittingly print at the wrong size), but also means that the measure tool is giving false results as the scale is not as shown on the drawing. This is also common with reports being sent in as american 'letter' size, rather than A4, due to using default options - which can cause problems in printing. It should not be the responsibility of every user in the company to notice these problems and fiddle with printer settings, I should be able to alter the document properties.

      • Mike Armour commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please add a RESIZE tool. Even basic programs like Paint offer the ability to resize based on a percentage. I feel like I have to work around this lack of a basic ability by printing it as a PDF in a smaller size, but this doesn't work well since smaller paper sizes are rarely the perfect scale of a larger size (i.e. what's the paper choice for 25% scale of a 72"x36"?). The current "Reduced Size" ability offers no input and automatically reduces at its own discretion (which, in my case only reduced the file by 1% - pointless). It's needed in order to print to JPEG, which is not possible when the PDF is too large. Thanks.

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