The general steps for splitting any PDF document are basically the same, although the details vary depending on the nature of the split operation. This Quick Start Guide outlines the general steps. Go through it once, and you will be able to split most documents with little or no extra help. If you need assistance for more complex splits, refer to the remaining online help topics.

To Split One or More Files

  1. Click either the Single File or Multiple Files tab, depending on how many files you want to split.

  2. Select a Split Option.

  3. Specify the file(s) you want to split:

    • If you are splitting a single file, click Browse next to the Input PDF File field, select the file you want to split, and then click OK.
    • If you are splitting multiple files, you can add files or folders under “File List” on the Multiple Files Tab.

    Note: Adding a folder adds all of the PDF files in that folder, including all of its subfolders.

  4. Specify the output folder/directory:

    Click the Browse button next to the Output Folder/Directory field, select the directory in which you want the split results to be placed, and then click OK.

     Note: If you prefer to type the output folder/directory path name, make sure it ends with a slash.

    Example: C:\Appligent\ApSplit DE\Output\

  5. If you are splitting a single file (except by Page Range), specify the output file name:

    By Even or Odd Pages — Enter the name to be used for the output file in the Output FileName field.

    By Advanced Page Range — For each page range, select an output directory if the one to which you want to extract that page range isn’t already selected. (See step 4, above.) Next enter values in the Start Page, End Page, and Outfile Name fields, and then click the Add Item button. Please be sure to include .pdf after the outfile name. When you are finished entering information for all of the page ranges you want to extract, click the Save List button.

    By Size or Bookmarks — You may optionally enter a file name in the Output FileName field. If you do, the name you enter will be used as the base file name for the split output files. If you do not, the input file name will be used as the base.

    Example: If you enter MySplitOutput.pdf, the output file(s) will be named MySplitOutput.nnnnnn.pdf, where nnnnnn is the number of the first page of the section being extracted (for example, MySplitOutput.000004.pdf, MySplitOutput.000009.pdf, MySplitOutput.000018.pdf, and so on).

  6. If you are splitting by Size or Page Range (not Advanced Page Range), complete the size or page range options that appear on the tab.

  7. If any input file requires a password or you want to update other settings, click the Settings button, make your changes, and then click the Close button.

  8. Click the Split button. One or more new PDF files are created, depending on the split option you selected and the nature of the input.

  9. Use your operating system’s navigation tools (Windows Explorer, for example) to locate the split file(s) in the output directory that you specified.

Tips When Using APSplit DE

The following tips will help you use APSplit DE more efficiently:

Use drag-and-drop for quick path name entry

Instead of typing file and directory names or selecting them using the Browse and Add buttons, try dragging and dropping them from your desktop or file navigator. This is usually quicker, and it works in most areas on the tabs and Settings dialog box.

Use a trailing slash for output directories

Note: Always include the trailing slash in output directory path names.

Example: C:\Appligent\ApSplit DE\Output\

Use the .pdf extension for output files

Include the .pdf extension when specifying an output file name. If you don’t specify the extension, APSplit DE will not include it in the file name, and Windows will not know which application to use when you double click on the file to open it.

Use project files for work that you repeat again and again

A project file stores any information that you specify on the APSplit DE tabs and Settings dialog box. If you frequently perform the same type of split operation, or use the same files or directories, you will save time by using a project file.

To create a project file:

  1. Enter the information for the split you wish to run.

  2. Select File > Save and enter a name for the project file. A project file name must have an .xml extension.

  3. Click Save.

The next time you want to use the information stored in a project file:

  1. Select File > Open.

  2. Choose the project file. A project file name must have an .xml extension.

  3. Click Open.