I have already written on how to modify PDF documents (add comments, notes, highlight text and stamp etc.) but what if you want to simply explode a PDF document (split each page of the PDF file in to separate PDF file), collate/combine, split or rotate documents? A good scenario could be for example when removing advertisement pages from a PDF magazine for example or you may want to combine a number of related PDF documents in to one. And what if you want to password protect the document? There are numerous other scenarios where a utility might be helpful that allows to perform above mentioned operations on the PDF files.
PDFTK Builder is freeware utility that allows to perform a number of useful operations on PDF files including the one’s that I mentioned above. Actually by itself this is just a front-end to another very nice freeware utility PDFTK(command-line driven) and allows all the features of the PDFTK to be accessed from a nice graphics interface.
A more complete list of the supported operations that it can perform on the PDF files is listed below:
- Collate allows to rearrange (reorder, delete, & duplicate) pages in a single document and/or combine pages from multiple PDF documents. Multiple documents will be collated in the order they are listed in the ‘Source Documents’ window.
- Split will separate each page of a PDF file into a separate PDF document.
- ‘Background’ enables you to add a background to each page in a document or just the first page. The ‘background’ (e.g. a company logo, or a ‘draft’ watermark) must be another PDF document (the first page of that document if it has more than one page). ‘Stamp’ is very similar to ‘ background’ except that the ‘stamp’ is placed on top of the source document.
- ‘Rotate’ enables you to rotate a range of pages in a document.
- The new document can be password protected (encrypted) by providing ‘owner’ and ‘user’ passwords. The ‘owner’ password does not stop users from reading the document, but it does restrict the actions that users can perform on that document – printing, copying, decrypting etc. Specifying a ‘user’ password will stop anyone without either ‘user’ or ‘owner’ passwords from opening and reading the document.
This software is available for MAC OS X and many Linux distributions apart from Microsoft Windows. Also note that not all features of the PDFTK are supported by the PDFTK Builder but at-least it provides a nice GUI for most of features of the PDFTK. You can get it here(PDFTK is also included in the package).
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