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PDF Pages to Ai Artboards is BACK!

pdf pages to illustrator artboards

Have you ever had a multi paged PDF document that you wanted to place into Illustrator and have every page convert into its own artboard? I have. I came across a solution a couple years ago using an apple script that was created by Shane Stanley. I had CS4 at the time and the script was intended to only work for that version. Since then, I’ve upgraded to CS5 and, now CS5.5 and when I tried to drag and drop a multi page PDF document into my CS5 version, I couldn’t do it. 🙁

Well, it’s been almost over a year and Shane has written a new apple script that is able to convert PDF documents into Illustrator artboards for CS5. 🙂

Thanks Shane,  There’s balance in my Ai world once again.
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  • Mike Gondek

    September 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Does not work for me CS5 (15.02)/ Mac OS 10.8.4. This download looks just like the CS4 version and I get a prompt that thsi works only with CS4.

  • Mark-Anthony

    September 25, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    You may have tried this but have you dragged the pdf to ai app to your dock? If so, drag a pdf file overtop of the pdf to artboards app. It should start to create a file in Ai and separate each page in the pdf and place it on its own artboard. I am using the app now with CS6 and it still works fine.

  • Week 8 | mallika @ WCB

    November 20, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    […] I also had a lot of editing to do. One of the things I worked on was the Social Media Presentation for Carl. He needed the document to be updated. The format was in PDF so to bring it into Adobe Illustrator I used this great little plug in: http://mark-anthony.ca/pdf-pages-to-ai-artboards-is-back/ […]

  • Mark-Anthony

    November 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Glad to hear the pdf to ai plugin helped you out. 🙂

  • Steve Fox

    November 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Works for me. Could be quite useful!

  • Dont Wannakonw

    October 4, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Any chance of seeing a Ai CC compatible version of this amazing program ?

  • Mark-Anthony

    October 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I would hope so. I haven’t made a full transition over to CC but I will let you know as soon as I find out.

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