Re: How to cut/crop a part of a PDF file
Stefan Monnier wrote:
What tool can I use to extract some part of a pdf file?
In kpdf, I can copy a piece of the PDF image and save it, but it's only
saved as a bitmap, whereas I'd like to keep it in vector form.
You don't ask much, do you?
AFAIK: PDF is not strictly speaking a vector-graphics format. It is a
subset of Postscript, which is actually a programming language for
drawing documents. It is designed for output, not input or editing.
Therefor, it is *very* hard to convert from PDF to a structured document
What exactly are you trying to extract?
I assume you aren't trying to get pictures out, but for the benefit of
anyone else, I'll mention pdfimages from the package xpdf-utils, which
will extract the bitmapped images from a PDF.
That package also contains pdftotext which will extract the text stream,
but with no formatting. For simple documents this can be useful --
other times, it might be very garbled, as the order the text is in in
the file is not guaranteed to match the order on screen / paper.
Also from xpdf-utils you can find pdftops -- converting PDF to
Postscript is kind of silly, but just maaaaybe you can do what you want
with a Postscript.
Scribus is probably your best bet for actually importing a PDF in any
friendly way -- I think they were at least working on that, not sure if
it is really usable
Finally, pdftk is described as "an electronic stapler-remover,
hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses" for PDFs.
Most notably for your question, it will let you split the pages in to
If anyone knows any better tools then these, I want to know!