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Very handy PDF tool

A friend of mine had to email a multi-page document that they had scanned in. Rather than send it as separate files, they were trying to create one PDF file to attach to the email.
Written by Jake Rayson Rayson, Contributor on

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A friend of mine had to email a multi-page document that they had scanned in. Rather than send it as separate files, they were trying to create one PDF file to attach to the email.

But Adobe charge a lot of money (currently £316.25 inc. VAT) for such functionality. Ow.

Enter pdf toolkit, a cross-platform command line program that enables you to manipulate PDF files in a number of ways.

For my purposes, all I had to do was install pdftk using Synaptic Package Manager on Ubuntu, and then utter the totally reasonable incantation on the command line:

pdftk 1.pdf 2.pdf 3.pdf cat output 123.pdf

From problem to solution in about 10 minutes. Thank you, Sid Steward. Thank you Open Source software :)

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