One of my more popular blog posts was about splitting PDF pages. I wrote that post five years ago and I am still getting regular feedback and questions.
In Acrobat X and XI we also have a different method of running the script: We can create an Action using the Action Wizard that takes one or more documents and creates new documents with the split pages. The biggest advantage an Action has is that you can install it by just double-clicking on the SEQU file. The biggest disadvantage of an Action is that it only works for Adobe Acrobat Pro – the Standard version does not support Actions.
So, let’s take a second look at the page splitter script and make it easier to install for users of Adobe Acrobat X or XI.
If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro, then use the following links to download the Action file. It will have a .sequ file extension, and when you double-click it, it should ask you if you want to install it in Acrobat.
You can install and run the Acrobat X Action in Acrobat XI, but you will not be able to edit it. The actions will automatically split one or more documents and will save the document with a “-split” added to the original filename in the same directory that the original document is stored in. So, if you have a document named scan.pdf, you will get a new file that is called scan-spit.pdf in the same directory that scan.pdf is stored in. For Acrobat XI Pro users, installing the Action is the easiest way to get access to this functionality.
If you are interested in the updated folder level script, you can download it from here: splitpages.js
On a Mac, the corresponding directory would be (this is a long path, so you will have to scroll):
After this script is installed, and you restart Acrobat, you should find a new menu item at the bottom of the “Edit” menu in Acrobat. Differently from the Action, the “Split Pages” function will create a new document, but will not save it. It’s the user’s responsibility to save this file.