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    Hi,

    Which is the easiest pdf tool that I can use for splitting some particular pages of a pdf document or to edit some pdf file? Thanks.
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    Default Re: which is the easiest pdf tool?

    pdfsam will be good for splitting and merging. For more work you can try pdfedit, pdfjam, pdftk & pdf studio (commercial app).
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    kpdftool. Last time I looked there was no package for 11.4 and above *but* the 11.3 rpm works nicely on those.

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    PDFmod is the newest tool for splitting/merging PDFs. It's in the repositories for 11.4 and 12.1 - very nice tool.

    Okular does a nice job of filling out PDF forms, adding comments, notes, highlighting, drawing on PDFs, and adding stamps, lines and circles. Adobe Acrobat Reader can fill out PDF forms.

    If you want a real nice tool, nearly a replacement for Adobe Acrobat Pro, try the 30 day free trial version of Foxit Phantom for Business It's not free software, but you can try it out. It's got all the editing tools. I've installed it with the Wine version 1.3.36 that's available in the "Wine CVS Builds" community repository. If you do try it, when you install Foxit, note that I could not install the "PDF Creator" portion of the software under Wine. So, I had to choose "Custom" installation, and install everything but the "PDF Creator" section of the program.

    And pdftk is the old reliable Command Line program - as simple as it gets!
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    Well, there are really a lot lot of options, I check out all those, just have to merge and split the pdf (with notes, sometimes), or removing some middle pages, I try one by one all -- pdfsam, kpdftool, PDFmod and pdftk. However, I yesterday downloaded and installed 'xournal' hoping it could merge the files, but that's only for making notes (IMO 'xournal' cannot be used to merge different pdf files?), so now see these all.....incl. okular...Thanks.
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    > so now see these all..

    considering ease of use, which one did you like the best? and why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    considering ease of use, which one did you like the best?!
    Well, this would not be a simple question to answer, at least for a person who is not using the computers (or Linux now) on daily basis. In a very short period of time (2-3 days), I can let you know what I came to know, which is like this:-

    1. Xournal:- Installed it hoping that it could merge the pages, but rather it could be used only for annotations, but overall, is a good application.

    2. Okular:- It is there by default in the openSUSE. But initially, I didn't know that it could be used for annotations, however, still it cannot be used for merging.

    3. pdfsam:- It is really good, but I thought that, after installation it would be a GUI to use from Menu, but it was not there! So I opened the program with the command 'pdfsam'. I used it and it is good.

    4. pdfMOD:- It is also a very good and very nice application. And in fact available just after the installation from the Menu. I liked it.

    5. pdftk:- I came to know that this is only a command line utility (or it was) but I also installed the GUI part and thus is available as GUI. Its also good and does the merging and splitting. I would say, its easy and good.

    6. kpdftool:- I installed this also and like 'pdfsam', it is also not available for use from the Menu, so by command I started it with 'kpdftool' and used it. Its nice.

    7. Calibre:- I also installed 'Calibre' but it didn't open and nothing worked, so I finally uninstalled it (don't know why it didn't work).

    8. GIMP:- People say that GIMP can be used to edit the PDFs, but I really don't know "how" and would find it typical than the above options.

    9. Inkscape:- Like people say for GIMP, they do say for Inkscape, so I have no idea for it too!

    10. Scribus:- No idea of it but heard it could do that job, can it?

    All in all, found top three as: pdfsam, kpdftool and pdfMOD.

    Seeing so many options, I see how versatile is Linux! And in Windows never was the time when I ever saw so many options available for a particular task, however, it could also be due to the fact that I always got less time to work on a PC.

    I am still curious to know about you people's experience with this task of handling pdfs. Thanks.
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    On 01/19/2012 03:06 PM, happy21 wrote:
    > top three as: pdfsam, kpdftool and pdfMOD


    good to know, thanks for the report!
    (just last week i needed to split one page from a PDF of five pages, and
    didn't know which tool to use..)

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    Thank you for taking the trouble to write this investigation. Allways usefull.
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    Well, I really forgot to add the following three too:-

    11. Evince:- Since I installed the GNOME desktop, so this came as the default viewer. Looks good but cannot be used to edit the pdfs, IMO. However, I have liked GNOME less than KDE actually (personal taste).

    12. Libre Office:- I found Libre Office also an application in which pdfs could be created and saved or opened to view.

    13. XnView:- It could be used for editing the pdfs, someone in the forum itself let me know regarding this.

    I am in really surprised to see how versatile is Linux, really amazing!! Thanks.
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