How about a review of the best of the free PDF tools out there. There are a ton of
tools that will let you print to PDF, but very few that will do the more important stuff--splitting and merging, etc. Anyone else like this idea?
I mentioned this somewhere else, but here's a bit more blurb;
pdftk - PDF toolkithttp://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk/
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If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover,
hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a
command-line tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents. Keep one in the
top drawer of your desktop and use it to:
Merge PDF Documents
Split PDF Pages into a New Document
Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
Encrypt Output as Desired
Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
Apply a Background Watermark
Report on PDF Metrics such as Metadata, Bookmarks, and Page Labels
Update PDF Metadata
Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
Unpack PDF Attachments
Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)
Pdftk allows you to manipulate PDF easily and freely. It does not require
Acrobat, and it runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Solaris.
Pdftk is free software (GPL).
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The password feature didn't work for me the only time I tried it, but the splitting and merging features work a treat. Although this is a command-line application, the Web site has a link to a WinGUI shell for most of the major features.