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Pdfshuffler .sfs - Edit pdfs :) fantastic!
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PostPosted: Wed 02 Jun 2010, 03:28    Post_subject:  

No, it is not a replacement for pdfedit. As I said, it lets you combine pdfs, rearrange, delete, rotate and crop pages... but not edit the content of pages. I mentioned pdfedit because a lot of people use it when they should be using pdfshuffler, which is much faster and more reliable.

It sounds like you want gscan2pdf, which we were discussing here

AFAIK pdfedit is the only option for editing the content of pdf pages. There are .pet packages on the forum, but I haven't seen a recent one. There were a lot of major bugfixes early last year (I was using it in Cygwin), so I strongly recommend you run the latest version. You might like to try an old .pet before putting effort into building the latest version, to make sure it actually does what you need... although I guess you can probably find a recent build from some other distro that will work.

Can you post a link to this ImageScan program? If it is good, it would be trivial to combine its single page pdfs together...

Incidentally, Final Page (the competition for pdfshuffler) should be buildable in some of the newest Puppies.

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PostPosted: Wed 02 Jun 2010, 13:33    Post_subject: ImageScan  

Imagescan works with Epson Printers, I am not sure if it works with others. This is the link fro the Epson version, they also have lots of printer drivers for Epson there.
it won't allow you to save in ps , only pdf and most image files.

It would be sweet if efax would send a format I can save in.

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PostPosted: Tue 14 Sep 2010, 05:44    Post_subject:  

There's a fork of Pdfshuffler some of you might be interested in; unfortunately it requires pygconf.
http://code.google.com/p/pdfsnip/

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PostPosted: Sat 18 Sep 2010, 21:07    Post_subject:  

Aha!
I found an old debian package of pygconf that seems to work even with my gconf-dbus package.
http://snapshot.debian.org/archive/debian/20090310T203154Z/pool/main/g/gnome-python/python-gconf_2.22.3-3_i386.deb
Just extract the gconf.so to /usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/gtk-2.0/gconf.so

To install Pdfsnip extract it and run `python setup.py clean install`. It should now work.
The main advantage of Pdfsnip is that it has a zoom feature... but this is slow and seems unreliable Sad
It might be better to add a feature to Pdfshuffler to enlarge just a single page (in a separate window or pane).

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 14:28    Post_subject: Re: (Possibly) a small alternative to Pdfshuffler  

disciple wrote:
BTW when Puppy's gtk and stuff gets updated there's an alternative to Pdfshuffler (without the Python dependencies, and written in vala) that's worth trying http://freshmeat.net/projects/final-page


Hi, disciple.

No joy compiling "Final Page" on wary 0.7: I'm told that gconf-tools are missing from the dev-x package... Oh, well... This is not the first time that thjis has happened while trying to compile some source in puppy. Which is why I occasionally use ready-made binaries from other distros (it's much easier now that we have .deb and slackware packages capabilities). In any case, maybe Puppy should revisit its dev-x sfs's and make them more inclusive? Only my two cents worth!

Incidentally, many, many thanks for your useful contributions (messages, research and files) to pdf file processing in Puppy. Very useful, it saved me a lot of time.

BFN.

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PostPosted: Sat 25 Sep 2010, 21:06    Post_subject:  

People might also be interested in a third tool along the same lines - PdfMod. Unfortunately this is a Gnome/Mono app.
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PostPosted: Fri 25 May 2012, 00:00    Post_subject: Pdfjumbler - another drag and drop pdfeditor
Sub_title: this one is Java based
 

Wow - I didn't realise how crowded the market was on Linux these days.

There is a fourth tool along the same lines called Pdfjumbler. This one is Java based, so it is easy to run on Windows as well, and you don't need to actually install it. I haven't tested extensively, but it looks quite good... possibly the best Java program I've seen.

You can use it to combine pdfs and rearrange and delete pages. No rotate or crop (there is a feature request for rotate; perhaps you would like to implement it Wink )

I also see that pdfsam (also Java based) has greatly improved its UI for rearranging pages and stuff. My preferred tool is still pdfshuffler though.

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PostPosted: Wed 30 May 2012, 22:28    Post_subject: Briss - gui for cropping pdfs (Java based)
Sub_title: apply the same crop to all similar pages
 

Another interesting Java based tool - just for cropping:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/briss/

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This is a small application to crop PDF files. It helps the user to decide what should be cropped by creating a overlay of similar pages (=>all pages within a pdf having the same size, orientation(even/odd)).

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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2012, 23:45    Post_subject: Java guis for editing PDFs  

Two things to note with the Java tools:

- I haven't tested them on Linux, but at least on Windows they seem to write the entire output file to memory before writing it to disk or something. And Java limits itself to a small amount of memory by default, so with a large PDF you can get an "out of heap space" error. To allow them to use memory you can start them like this:
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java -Xms128m -Xmx1024m -jar pdfjumbler-0.16.jar


- Briss just changes the viewable extents, it does not actually get rid of the cropped information. If you want to do that, try printing the cropped pdf to a new file, using the CUPS-pdf virtual printer that comes in Puppy. (actually, new versions of the GTK built-in "print-to-file" feature allow you to save as PDF, too. I'm not certain if that will throw away the information or not).

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PostPosted: Thu 31 May 2012, 23:58    Post_subject: Re: (Possibly) a small alternative to Pdfshuffler  

musher0 wrote:
disciple wrote:
BTW when Puppy's gtk and stuff gets updated there's an alternative to Pdfshuffler (without the Python dependencies, and written in vala) that's worth trying http://freshmeat.net/projects/final-page


Hi, disciple.

No joy compiling "Final Page" on wary 0.7...

For future readers: it is currently not possible to build final-page.
There are two problems with it:
- It seems the build system is set up to compile from the c files, not the vala files. I think the original author has written parts of it in vala, then used valac to translate these to c, and then modified them. If this is correct, then you couldn't build directly from the vala source anyway. (hmmm. then why were some of the last commits to .vala files? What did I miss when I was trying to build it?)
- It needs a lot of fixes to build with a recent vala and other dependencies (hmmm. does this make sense if the build system starts from the C? Is the problem changes in GTK, not vala?)

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PostPosted: Thu 21 Jun 2012, 02:23    Post_subject: Re: Briss - gui for cropping pdfs (Java based)
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disciple wrote:
Another interesting Java based tool - just for cropping:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/briss/

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This is a small application to crop PDF files. It helps the user to decide what should be cropped by creating a overlay of similar pages (=>all pages within a pdf having the same size, orientation(even/odd)).

Very similar to Briss, and also Java, is Pdf scissors

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PostPosted: Sun 24 Jun 2012, 23:36    Post_subject: more pdf editing  

Stapler - a Python alternative to Pdftk (which is java). i.e. a command line tool.

pyPdf-GUI - a PyGTK alternative to the Pdftk gui. Can add watermarks (although this can corrupt the page).

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PostPosted: Fri 03 Aug 2012, 18:52    Post_subject:  

disciple - just wanted to say thank you for making and keeping alive such a useful thread! Cheers (wheres the +1 Like button?) Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep 2013, 01:36    Post_subject:  

I've seen this one before, but I don't seem to have posted it here. Looks like a command line alternative to briss and PDF scissors.
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PDFCrop is a Perl script that crops the white margins of PDF pages and rescales them to fit a standard size sheet of paper.

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PostPosted: Thu 12 Sep 2013, 01:37    Post_subject:  

A plugin for pdfsam to do the same thing.
Didn't seem to reliably detect the right place to crop in the one PDF I tried it with...

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