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pdftk on Ubunt 12.04

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pdftk is a wonderful (command line) tool for manipulating pdf documents in all kinds of ways. See the list of examples at this page to get an idea of what can be done.

To install the version in the repository type

sudo apt-get install pdftk

As an example, I often like to combine many pdf plots into a single document to make viewing easier. This can be done with the command

pdftk *.pdf cat output combinedplots.pdf

This takes all pdfs in the directory and creates a single file called combinedplots.pdf — the source pdfs are not changed, only the new, merged document is created.

Written by Chris S

January 1, 2013 at 7:24 pm