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Old 10-18-2010, 04:14 AM   #1
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software to remove pdf header, footer

is there any freeware / shareware which can trim pdf pages i.e. remove header & footer before placing the PDF in calibre library. seems to me that would be easier than manipulating regex to do the job later.

I read that adobe have a product, but there are so many variants of paid for acrobat type packages I'm not sure which one does this ?
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:27 AM   #2
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I've been using http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html, to crop several pdfs.

Load up the original in normal viewer, turn on rulers, get measurments of header/footer, then load into PDFill Tools, and there's an option to crop, give it the measurements, and away it goes.

Very fast and effective.

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great - so once it's calibrated then it will crop the whole book in one operation - & then I save the cropped output. ?
I don't want to do 500+ pages one at a time, !

the web site says that tools are free but editor is shareware. do I need the editor if all I want to do is crop ?

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No it doesn't need the editor, the PDFill tools, does the operation.

The one to use is PDFill Tools (free).
And for cropping, using the '#4' option in the dialog as shown on the link

Once calibration, tick the 'All pages' box - will crop all your pages.
http://www.pdfill.com/pdftool_rotate_crop.html
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Old 10-18-2010, 08:12 AM   #5
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is there any freeware / shareware which can trim pdf pages i.e. remove header & footer before placing the PDF in calibre library.
Calibre comes with the command line tool pdfmanipulate which has a crop option to crop any or all sides of a pdf, (top, bottom, left, right).

More help can be found using pdfmanipulate crop --help at the command prompt. This takes a moment or two and then shows the required syntax.
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:03 AM   #6
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Calibre comes with the command line tool pdfmanipulate which has a crop option to crop any or all sides of a pdf, (top, bottom, left, right).

More help can be found using pdfmanipulate crop --help at the command prompt. This takes a moment or two and then shows the required syntax.
Hi,

Can you give more data on this option. I`not a Calibre expert.

Thanks
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:35 AM   #7
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I've just started a new thread called "Improving PDFs for use on Sony Readers" which shows an example of using pdfmanipulate.
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You may like to read this interesting Blog post by one of the PDF experts in the MobileRead PDF forum. It's all about reading/manipulating PDFs for ereaders.
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I've just started a new thread called "Improving PDFs for use on Sony Readers" which shows an example of using pdfmanipulate.
Hmm...can't find the thread......FOUND
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:33 PM   #10
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I hate to say this, but after years of Windows command lines really make my head hurt. Since most headers/footers seem to be fairly standard, why not simply have a function that crops them automatically, without resorting to command lines?
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I hate to say this, but after years of Windows command lines really make my head hurt. Since most headers/footers seem to be fairly standard, why not simply have a function that crops them automatically, without resorting to command lines?
Because, if you get down to it, most headers and footers aren't as standard as they might look like.
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Thanks, that was worth a read. I did try Briss, but as noted it bloats PDFs. PDFManipulate does exactly the job required without the bloating.
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Because, if you get down to it, most headers and footers aren't as standard as they might look like.
but the concept of CROP is standard & easy to understand.
I am using a different paid-for pdf to epub app now , purely because it has a user friendly crop option & calibre doesn't. it is much easier to crop a header then to regex it out of existence.

someone else has just posted a link to PDFscissors. which looks to be a freeware pdf cropper designed for removing headers & footers from ebooks.

a crop function built into calibre would be very useful - - not a geeky command line with data input' but a simple page image + drag top & bottom cut off point tool - just like this one in fact:

http://www.pdfscissors.com/
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but the concept of CROP is standard & easy to understand.
I much prefer typing a quick regex if I want to remove headers or footers than trying to fiddle with defining a cropping area on a trackpad. And what does your cropping tool do, by the way, if there's cruft you want to remove embedded in the middle of a page?
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[QUOTE= And what does your cropping tool do, by the way, if there's cruft you want to remove embedded in the middle of a page?[/QUOTE]

well, the thread topic is" remove headers & footer"s, not "remove junk from middle of page"

best of all worlds, in my view, would be to have both crop & regex tools

- we are not all regex whiz kids & many requests for help with specific regex syntax on this board are answered with RTFM, or equivalent
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