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roger:
Hi, will your PDF-ShellTools split pdf files and rename the single page pdf's by adding the internal page number's value onto the filename? as in:

original                          output
text.pdf (has 24 pages)   text.0001.pdf, text.0002.pdf, text0003.pdf, ect...

and then tomorrow there's a revision pdf from same document contains just 2 corrections pages of 12 and 15 so that resulting 2 page pdf has same original name but gets proper output naming as this:

original                                          output
text.pdf (has 2 correction pages)      text.0012.pdf, text0015.pdf

Any chance this functionality exists in your tool?

regards,
Roger <at> jsmccarthy.com

RTT:
I suppose by "internal page number's" you are referring to the document page index, not to a text number stamped on the document pages.
If first option, in next version there will be the possibility to customize the file names, with access to variables as page index. The second one is not easy to achieve because of the complexity involved in the determination of that number.

roger:
Yes, I meant the first option. When is the next version's anticipated ETA? Would it be possible for me to send you some multipage PDF's for testing before release? Just to let you know, this functionality would be very beneficial to many, many commercial printing companies besides the one I work for. Regards, Roger

RTT:
I start to think I'm not understanding the full idea here. ???
Are you also talking about the possibility to set to split only the revised pages, automatically defining the split expression, without user intervention to define what pages changed since last split operation?
If yes, how do you think this can be done? This would involve some kind of database to save previous state, or not?

roger:
Hi RTT,

I work at an offset printing company and our prepress workflow is pdf based. This just means that our digital master files from which we print on paper are refined, normalized, trapped pdf files. Input files into this system are either postscript or pdf files in either multipage or single page format. We prefer producing input files in multipage format (faster for desktop operators and clients to produce) but prefer that our workflow receive single page input files as it makes the processing of revision pages much simpler and accurate. It’s this creation of single page input files (and all importantly with proper naming of internal page number) that I’m hoping your software can achieve.

So my goal is to split and rename all input files ahead of our prepress workflow no matter if they’re the initial input files or revisions. (Because even revised pdf’s files of just a few selected pages would end up with the exact same names as those input files processed earlier.)

Clearer?

Roger

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