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I'm trying to open a PDF file with 7 pages and need to adjust each page in Illustrator CS6. How do I open the PDF file in one single AI files with all artboards within it?

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This is the only way I know and it may or may not work with your version of Illustrator. –  Scott Aug 12 '14 at 18:13

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The Illustrator PDF Editing Method: Illustrator's open file dialog box allows you to open a specific page of the PDF document. When changes are made to a single page and saved, those changes are saved to the original PDF document overwriting only that page of the multi page PDF file. Aside from a global view of the document as art boards, this works for most cases.

Other Methods: Illustrator doesn't have a way to open a multi page PDF as an .ai file with multiple artboards. One way is with scripts and achieve a conversion or open PDF pages one by one and drag and drop them into a new .ai file presetted with the number of desired artboards.

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There's this cool plugin: http://aiscripts.com/ai-scripts/openmultipagepdf/

It's worked beautifully for me

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Please explain more. Suppose the linked page is down. Then your answer is useless as it stands now ... –  Kurt Oct 30 '14 at 12:34
+1 exactly what i needed –  Jossef Harush Nov 30 '14 at 18:25
Illustrator can not really open all pdf pages, the script mimics this functionality by opening one page at a time and duplicating the contents into a new document...it works on CS4-CC, win & mac –  Carlos Canto Dec 5 '14 at 7:56

You can place the multi page PDF as a link in Illustrator and change the pages using import options.

Just use File > Place > Show Import Options

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There is another script that has worked, in some cases better, for me. The interface is in chinese (i think), but is pretty self explanatory. Works in a similar matter to the script mentioned before:

Multi-Page PDF Loader 4 AI v2.5.jsx

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