Bluebeam 2018. Using Document > Crop Pages... to crop a single page pdf down to my requirements. I save the pdf file but it appears it just saves the entire document still with information on the cropping box. The file size is unchanged and when inserted into e.g. InDesign the entire pdf is placed. Furthermore, when I go back to Document > Crop Pages... the entire document is effectively still there.

My questions is: how do I save the cropped pdf as a true cropped pdf?

  • I think the only way is to save it as a pixel image and crop that. Or turn everything to paths and crop in illustrator. Feb 19, 2019 at 13:06

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Thankfully this one's simpler than many folks think and doesn't require that you rasterise the whole PDF at all. It is however, as asked for, a fully destructive workflow: therefore you should save a copy of the file uncropped for use as reference or recovery later.

You crop, exactly as you did, and then you go into the Protections tab, and choose Remove Hidden Information.

Document being cropped enter image description here

Protections tab: Remove Hidden Information enter image description here

Remove Hidden Info at work - parses entire document looking for hidden data and dumping it - so for example, with a multi-page PDF you could crop several pages and then remove hidden once and get all the crops completed. enter image description here

PDF placed into InDesign with Show Import Options checkbox checked: as you can see, crop area only in document at import. enter image description here

For myself, I'm glad that the inherent and expected behaviour of PDF cropping in acrobat and other PDF viewers is non-destructive, as that is often the tool laypeople use to manipulate the work designers do, and this allows us to "coach" them later in either file recovery or un-doing a crop, and let them know as we ease their panic, that:

a) we don't charge so much that a quick request for a cropped version (or change of resolution or whatever they were trying to achieve) would have been out of place


b) we provide(d) the deliverables for them per the spec in our contract, both file types and resolutions, and perhaps their spec should include xx to account for this heretofore unforeseen cropped-document need... and here, when we're done, I'll just send you a quick change of scope codicil / addendum to our contract, with this recent item as a new deliverable spec, and newly exported fresh from my native files to that spec doc, and I'll bury this support time into the minor fee that the addendum calls for - so either you got this support time for free, or you got a whacking discount on the scope change and file delivery - in either case, you, the client saved money and get a clean file to your new need.

Hope that helps.

  • Great! I'll check this tomorrow (not at my work machine just now) and report back!! Thanks :)
    – cyuut
    Feb 20, 2019 at 20:41

Also in Bluebeam Revu, you can go to "reduce file size" and then use a "custom" preset which lets you check/uncheck certain items to include in the the filesize reduction... one of the options is to remove cropped content. Hope this helps!

  • This is the simple answer I was looking for. After cropping in Page Setup, Batch tab > Reduce File Size. In Revu Extreme 2020, the setting is called "Crop content to crop box" and it is checked in the default setting.
    – BIMperson
    Nov 13, 2020 at 17:00

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