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 Post subject: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:06 pm 
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I had some errors using Pdftkbuilder to combine some PDFs. I found this free open source tool: http://www.pdfsam.org/ . It does more and better than Pdftkbuilder: it can merge/split/rotate/reorder pages/extract sections/mix two documents pages; its download link is: http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfsam/files/pdfsam/2.2.1/pdfsam-2.2.1-out.zip/download.
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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:49 pm 
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Requires Java.

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:30 pm 
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pdfsam-config.xml in user\current\.pdfsam

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 3:28 pm 
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FWG really liked this program back in '09: http://www.freewaregenius.com/2009/02/1 ... interface/

May play with the settings a bit and see what I can figure out.

Thanks for testing, Baas.

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 1:46 pm 
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X-PDF Split and Merge 2.2.1 (rev14)

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:15 am 
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joby_toss wrote:

Thanks Joby.

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
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X-PDFsam - oddly won't let you just use the regular JRE if you already have it installed. Insists on downloading a fresh one. Weird.

Annoyed with that, I just downloaded the regular client to test, but it wouldn't thumbanil any of the PDF documents I put into it. Not sure if this is just my machine or what.

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 4:51 am 
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Maybe change the path in X-PDFsam.ini?

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[FileToRun]
PathToExe=C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe


I think WPP even has a variable for system's path...

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:01 am 
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@robzuc,

PDFTK Builder by AngusJ uses an outdated pdftk binary (1.14 -circa. 2006); have you tried updating the pdftk binary from HERE

You might have better results with 1.43 or 1.44 (1.44 removed/replaced some 3rd party code due to GPL license compatibilty)

Links:
PDFTKBuilder: http://www.angusj.com/pdftkb/

PDF Toolkit:
Homepage: http://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/
History (downloads): http://www.pdflabs.com/docs/pdftk-version-history/


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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:38 am 
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Hi webfork,
webfork wrote:
X-PDFsam - oddly won't let you just use the regular JRE if you already have it installed. Insists on downloading a fresh one. Weird.

Annoyed with that, I just downloaded the regular client to test, but it wouldn't thumbanil any of the PDF documents I put into it. Not sure if this is just my machine or what.

I think you will be very happy to know that we have just upgraded X-PdfSAM to the new X-Launcher release http://www.winpenpack.com/main/download.php?view.679
Among others, the launcher have the following new feature (that we are testing for several months): if Java is already installed in the host PC, the launcher uses it; if not, it tries to use the portable java (under \Lib\Java), if exists, otherwise (as last resort) it asks the user to download Java for installing it into \Lib\Java.
I think that this behavior could satisfy everybody ;)
Please try it and let us know what you think about!
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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:48 am 
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Hi joby_toss,
joby_toss wrote:
Maybe change the path in X-PDFsam.ini?

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[FileToRun]
PathToExe=C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\javaw.exe


I think WPP even has a variable for system's path...

no, we don't have a variable for "Program Files" path (also if we could add it easily), because, theoretically, it is the last folder that should "interest" a portable software... ;)
The modification you suggested above is no more necessary: please take a look here http://www.winpenpack.com/main/download.php?view.679 .
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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:40 am 
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ZioZione wrote:
I think you will be very happy to know that we have just upgraded X-PdfSAM to the new X-Launcher release http://www.winpenpack.com/main/download.php?view.679
Among others, the launcher have the following new feature (that we are testing for several months): if Java is already installed in the host PC, the launcher uses it; if not, it tries to use the portable java (under \Lib\Java), if exists, otherwise (as last resort) it asks the user to download Java for installing it into \Lib\Java.

Great news! Thank you!

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:12 pm 
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joby_toss wrote:
ZioZione wrote:
... if Java is already installed in the host PC, the launcher uses it; if not, it tries to use the portable java

Great news! Thank you!

Ditto. Will retest.

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 Post subject: Re: PDFsam review
PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:58 am 
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Note: this review is really for X-PDFsam (thanks Joby and ZioZione) because the install program had some odd issues on my machine.

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Short version: this program is a big deal. It does some things with PDF files the Adobe Acrobat 10 Pro ($450) won't do. If you mess with PDFs a lot, you need to check this out. Its a monster.

License: Open source (GPL): some parts are dual-licensed GPL and LGPL for business use.

Interface:

    An unfriendly Java interface, but a lot cleaner than I've seen from other Java programs. Mimicks a Windows look and feel pretty well. Also supports several skins/themes.

Major features:

  • Manage Double-Sided Scans - Very few people have a double-sided scanner but most documents are now printed double to save paper. Unfortunately, scanning them back in is a pain. Here Alternate Mix will solve it. Scan in one side then the next in reverse. This will collate and reverse easily.

    Similarly, if you've ever scanned a book, you know that you have to remove the binding, scan one side, and then scan the second side in reverse. This means several more steps to have a PDF doc that looks anything like the original. Alternate Mix does this all easily: you can reverse either the first or second document, and then switch pages based on pages (e.g. some larger documents will require 2 scans per PDF page)

    I was looking for a program like this years ago that would do what the Alternate Mix function will do. This program is already fantastic. I worked out a rather detailed system with Renamer to scan in a book this would have solved almost automatically.

  • Visual document composer worked well. Easy to use and many functions. Some PDFs wouldn't render, but most were fine.

  • Split options and lots of them: individual, odd, even, after X pages, every N pages, by size, and by bookmarks. Does not batch split (for that function, see PDFTK4ALL suggested by the accountant)

  • Batch functions: rotate, ability to rotate by even/odd pages (great for scans where the even pages come from double-sided documents and therefore reversed). I already use FastStone Image Viewer for this task, but can't use that program at work and may not work with multi-page documents (haven't tested it).

Output notes:

  • Can output to several versions of Acrobat ( 6 through 8 ). Usually this means better compression, but in my test a document from version 5 to version 8 only compressed only about 2%. Depending on the program used to create the file in the first place, there might be more.

  • Combining documents doesn't break included OCR stuff I created using PDF-XChange

  • Can maintain form information (didn't test this, but there's an option to do so)

Negative:

    Oddly, the program's default PDF view is extremely basic. Blurry rendering, no functionality, very basic zooming. You really need PDF-XChange or one of the other great free PDF viewers here on the site.

Other notes:

    Other than the viewer, the only thing this program is missing is a function to crop / edit / resize PDFs. That's usually the line between freeware and commercial programs, but this program already does so many things other programs (commerical and free) don't.

    On a side note, its bizarre having this program while at the same time having access to both Acrobat 9 and 10 Pro and preferring the freeware option. I realize there are some specialized things that only Acrobat can do, but that list is shrinking thanks to programs like this.

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 Post subject: Re: PdfSAM = Pdf Split And Merge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:57 am 
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X-PDF Split and Merge 2.2.2 [rev16] available @ http://www.winpenpack.com/main/download.php?view.679.


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