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# Read in.pdf, select pages 1, 2, 3 and 6, and write those pages to # out.pdf cpdf in.pdf 1-3,6 -o out.pdf # Select the even pages (2, 4, 6...) from in.pdf and write those pages # to out.pdf cpdf in.pdf even -o out.pdf # Using AND to perform several operations in order, here merging two # files together and adding a copyright stamp to every page. cpdf -merge in.pdf in2.pdf AND -add-text "Copyright 2014" -o out.pdf # Read control.txt and use its contents as the command line arguments # for cpdf. cpdf -control control.txt # Merge in.pdf and in2.pdf into one document, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -merge in.pdf in2.pdf -o out.pdf # Split in.pdf into ten-page chunks, writing them to Chunk001.pdf, # Chunk002.pdf etc cpdf -split in.pdf -o Chunk%%%.pdf -chunk 10 # Split in.pdf on bookmark boundaries, writing each to a file whose # name is the bookmark label cpdf -split-bookmarks 0 in.pdf -o @N.pdf # Scale both the dimensions and contents of in.pdf by a factor of two # in x and y directions. cpdf -scale-page "2 2" in.pdf -o out.pdf # Scale the pages in in.pdf to fit the US Letter page size, writing to # out.pdf cpdf -scale-to-fit usletterportrait in.pdf -o out.pdf # Shift the contents of the page by 26 pts in the x direction, and 18 # millimetres in the y direction, writing to out.pdf cpdf -shift "26pt 18mm" in.pdf -o out.pdf # Rotate the contents of the pages in in.pdf by ninety degrees and # write to out.pdf. cpdf -rotate-contents 90 in.pdf -o out.pdf # Crop the pages in in.pdf to a 600 pts by 400 pts rectangle. cpdf -crop "0 0 600pt 400pt" in.pdf -o out.pdf # Encrypt using 128bit PDF encryption using the owner password 'fred' # and the user password 'joe' cpdf -encrypt 128bit fred joe in.pdf -o out.pdf # Decrypt using the owner password, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -decrypt in.pdf owner=fred -o out.pdf # Compress the data streams in in.pdf, writing the result to out.pdf. cpdf -compress in.pdf -o out.pdf # Decompress the data streams in in.pdf, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -decompress in.pdf -o out.pdf # List the bookmarks in in.pdf. This would produce: cpdf -list-bookmarks in.pdf # Outputs: # Add bookmarks in the same form from a prepared file bookmarks.txt to # in.pdf, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -add-bookmarks bookmarks.txt in.pdf -o out.pdf # Use the Split style to build a presentation from the PDF in.pdf, # each slide staying 10 seconds on screen unless manually advanced. # The first page, being a title does not move on automatically, and # has no transition effect. cpdf -presentation in.pdf 2-end -trans Split -duration 10 -o out.pdf # Stamp the file watermark.pdf on to each page of in.pdf, writing the # result to out.pdf. cpdf -stamp-on watermark.pdf in.pdf -o out.pdf # Add a page number and date to all the pages in in.pdf using the # Courier font, writing to out.pdf cpdf -topleft 10 -font Courier -add-text "Page %Page\nDate %d-%m-%Y" in.pdf -o out.pdf # Two up impose the file in.pdf, writing to out.pdf cpdf -twoup-stack in.pdf -o out.pdf # Add extra blank pages after pages one, three and four of a document. cpdf -pad-after 1,3,4 in.pdf -o out.pdf # List the annotations in a file in.pdf to standard output. cpdf -list-annotations in.pdf # Might Produce: # -- # Annotation text content 1 # -- # -- # Annotation text content 2 # -- # Copy the annotations from from.pdf to in.pdf, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -copy-annotations from.pdf in.pdf -o out.pdf # Set the document title of in.pdf. writing to out.pdf. cpdf -set-title "The New Title" in.pdf -o out.pdf # Set the document in.pdf to open with the Acrobat Viewer's toolbar # hidden, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -hide-toolbar true in.pdf -o out.pdf # Set the metadata in a PDF in.pdf to the contents of the file # metadata.xml, and write the output to out.pdf. cpdf -set-metadata metadata.xml in.pdf -o out.pdf # Set the document in.pdf to open in Acrobat Viewer showing two # columns of pages, starting on the right, putting the result in # out.pdf. cpdf -set-page-layout TwoColumnRight in.pdf -o out.pdf # Set the document in.pdf to open in Acrobat Viewer in full screen # mode, putting the result in out.pdf. cpdf -set-page-mode FullScreen in.pdf -o out.pdf # Attach the file sheet.xls to in.pdf, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -attach-file sheet.xls in.pdf -o out.pdf # Remove any attachments from in.pdf, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -remove-files in.pdf -o out.pdf # Blacken all the text in in.pdf, writing to out.pdf. cpdf -blacktext in.pdf -o out.pdf # Make sure all lines in in.pdf are at least 2 pts wide, writing to # out.pdf. cpdf -thinlines 2pt in.pdf -o out.pdf