split a multi-page PDF into separate files

gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dFirstPage=2 -dLastPage=2 -sOutputFile=page2.pdf multipageinputfile.pdf
Have to do this once per output file, because if device is 'pdfwrite', even if 'gs' sees '%d' in the OutputFile it still only creates one single output file. Embed it into a simple shell script if you want to split a document out into one file for every page.

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By: drewbenn
2010-02-10 08:48:48
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using ghostscript (gs) for pdf management is convenient and will work fine, but just remember it converts to postscript and back to work which can mangle some things, but more importantly will re-compress any embedded images inside the PDF, use pdftk or stapler instead for lossless pdf cat and burst.
infinull · 436 weeks and 1 day ago

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