This chapter tells you what you need to know to get started with APSplit. You will learn:

  • The basic structure of APSplit commands
  • How to get product information about your installation of APSplit

APSplit Command Basics

All APSplit commands that you run from the command line start with the apsplit command name. The command name is followed by one or more options, which begin with a dash. Commands that you use to split PDF documents must include an output specification (-o option) and an input specification. The default split command, which splits a PDF file into single pages, illustrates the basic command format:

$ apsplit -o outPDFDir inPDFFile

Note: $ represents the command prompt.

Two command options that do not require any input or output and, therefore, do not include input and output specifications, are -v and -h.

For example:

$ apsplit -v


$ apsplit -h

These options display information about the APSplit product version number and usage (help) information.

The -v option and the -h option are described in detail in this chapter. The remaining command-line options are discussed in subsequent chapters.

Displaying the Product Version Number

It is a good idea to test your installation of APSplit by displaying the product version number. You will also need this number if you ever contact Customer Support with a question.


 $ apsplit -v


The following listing is typical of the output you would receive. In addition to the product version number, it contains the release date and registration number. It also indicates that the registration number is valid.

#Copyright XXXX by Appligent, Inc.
#APSplit Version XXX, Build Date XXX, Library Version XXX
#License is valid 

Displaying Product Usage Information

If you have a question about the command syntax or a command option, you can get help by displaying product usage information.


$ apsplit -h

Note: The -help option can be used in place of the -h option.


The following listing is typical of the output you would receive. The first line shows the command syntax. The list that follows briefly describes each option. Options that take parameters are followed by a data type enclosed in angle brackets.  At the end of the options list is the same information you would receive if you ran APSplit with the -v option.

results from -h