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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's notes, experiments, discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

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Manipulate PDF files for free with PDFRider

PDFRider (currently in version 0.5) is an open source project on Codeplex. This utility provides a GUI for the command-line program Pdftk. It can perform the following operations on PDF files -

  • Merge PDF documents 
  • Insert pages from PDF file to another 
  • Extract pages from a PDF document to a new document 
  • Delete pages 
  • Rotate pages 
  • Crypt and Decrypt a PDF file 
  • Burst or split a single, input PDF document into individual pages
I used it to extract summaries of chapters from a PDF eBook & then merge them all together into a mini PDF ebook.

The UI of PDFRider looks amateurish & needs a lot of improvement. I badly missed the keyboard shortcut to save the manipulated files. Considering it's free, open-source & it did the job quickly without errors, I can't really complain though. It felt faster than PDFSAM which I tried a few years ago. 

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