PDFsam – split, merge, extract pages, rotate, and mix PDF documents

PDFsam Basic (also known as PDF Split and Merge) is a free and open-source cross-platform desktop application to split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF documents.

The software is written in the Java programming language.

PDFsam Basic is written using the JavaFX. Version 4 is released as a self-contained application and includes a linked OpenJDK 11 runtime while version 3 requires a Java Runtime Environment 8 with JavaFx installed in order to run.

Features include:

  • Merge PDF files selecting entire documents or subsections of them. It provides a number of settings to let the user decide what to do in case the original PDF files contain Acro Forms or an outline (bookmarks) and it can generate a table of contents, normalize pages size and add blank pages.
  • Input PDF files can be merged completely or partially. A page selection can be set in the form of comma separated page intervals (Ex. 1-10, 14, 25-) letting you specify what pages you want to merge for every input PDF file.
  • Add a table of contents at the beginning of the generated PDF.
  • Split PDF files in a number of ways:
    • After every page, even pages or odd pages.
    • After a given set of page numbers.
    • Specify the page numbers where you want to break your document, or every n pages.
    • By bookmark level. Select the outline (bookmarks) level you want to split at and your PDF file will be divided at every page pointed by the bookmarks at the selected level
    • By size, where the generated files will roughly have the specified size.
  • Rotate PDF files where multiple files can be rotated, either every page or a selected set of pages.
  • Extract pages from multiple PDF files. Single pages or page ranges can be selected to create a new PDF file containing only the pages wanted.
  • Mix PDF files where a number of PDF files are merged, taking pages alternately from them. Merge two or more PDF files taking pages alternately from each input file, in straight or reverse order.
  • Rotate PDF files by simply selecting the files you want to rotate and apply a rotation of 90, 180 or 270 degrees to all or some of their pages.
  • Save and restore of the workspace.
  • Cross-platform support – runs under Linux, Mac, and Windows.

Website: https://pdfsam.org/pdfsam-basic/
Support: Blog, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Andrea Vacondio and contributors
License: GNU Affero General Public License v3.0

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