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    Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    As the title says, i'm looking for a decent tool to merge 30 or so pdf's into one big file. I tried pdf merge from sourceforge, but that only made a corrupt 2.5gb file.

    I'd rather not use a java tool, as i fear that will choke with the volume.

    The files i want to merge total 2.5gb on disk, so maybe i'd need a 64 bit tool too.

    Thanks for any suggestions!
    Last edited by Tonka777; 28-08-2013 at 06:53 PM.

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    its simple to do in preview on an os x device, but i guess youre not on a mac?

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    No, windows only here! Sods law!

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    Have used PDFTK successfully quite a lot at work, but never on huge numbers of PDFs. Portable version available here

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    Trying it now, thanks.

    edit; It seemed to work, but i still have the file corruption warning when trying to open the resulting 2.5gb file.

    I think there might be something else going on here, need to do some research....

    Thanks chaps.

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    PDFs are limited to about 10GB iirc, do any of the source files give you the corruption warning?

    I'd give GhostScript and ImageMagick a whirl as well

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    All of the source files are fine, no warnings when opening those.

    I'll keep trying different things, maybe adding one file at a time, instead of trying to merge all of them in one go.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    Divide and conquer!

    Merge half and see if that works, if not merge a quarter....
    throw new ArgumentException (String, String, Exception)

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    Re: Recommend A Decent pdf Merging Tool Please!

    I'm on it! No issues with merging all of them in 4 stages, so maybe i was lacking patience.

    I used Pdfmerge, which has a nice feature that adds bookmarks based on file name into the merged pdf.

    Thanks for the assistance Hexites!

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