Thursday, May 1, 2008

Split and Merge PDF's With Gios PDF!

A while ago I covered a way to split and merge TIFF files, and a week or so ago I covered how to create multi-page PDFs in Photoshop. Now I'll feature a program that accomplishes probably even more basic than both of those, which is splitting and merging PDF's (without Adobe Acrobat, of course).

Gios PDF Splitter and Merger is a free and open source application created by Paolo Gios, and it handles just splitting and merging, and it does it perfectly. In fact, it's so simple and intuitive the program doesn't even come with (or need) a readme or help file. Peep the screenshot below and I'm sure you can figure out how the whole thing works:

The entire program is just 76 kilobytes and runs straight off the executable. That's right, another awesome program that doesn't need installation. As such, it would be a great addition to your Thumb Drive apps to take wherever you go.

One thing that IS a bit of a pain with these non-install apps is that to keep them organized, you'd have to put them in the Program Files directory yourself and make a shortcut to put in your Start menu if you want it within easy reach. Oh, how I can never be satisfied.

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1 comment:

greyowl said...

In order to install a stand alone app like Gios PDF Splitter & Merger that comes as a zip file, you can use ZipInstaller from NirSoft. This utility extract all files to the folder you select, create shortcuts for you in the start menu, and add an uninstall module to allow you to automatically remove the installed software in the future. The download is here: