I’m finally back on PDFsam, hopefully full time, and I hope I’ll be able to give you some early version of PDFsam v3 soon. First steps taken are the new GitHub repository for the source code (https://github.com/torakiki/pdfsam) and a new Twitter account (https://twitter.com/PDFsamOSS) where I’ll keep you updated on the development status.
great news! After more then one year of development today we released Sejda!
You are probably asking “What the heck is Sejda?”. It’s a PDF manipulation layer written in Java. “uh?”. Ok, as many of you know I’ve been working on PDFsam for 6 years now and I realized at some point that the pdfsam-console (the component providing pdf manipulation capabilities to PDFsam) has some… mm… limitations.
Quoting Sejda FAQ:
I realized at some point that some of the design choices I made were unfortunate and the code base wasn’t inline with 2010 software development standards. PDFsam itself was/is working pretty well but maintenance was/is a bit of a hell so I made the choice, I started to rewrite the pdf manipulation logic with 5 years of experience on my shoulders and trying to keep a close eye on quality and best practices.
What are the advantages compare to the pdfsam-console?
it has more features, it has a bigger team working on it (we are 2 now), it’s built trying to follow best practices from Joshua Bloch in Effective Java and Robert C. Martin in Clean Code, it’s easier to maintain and extend and it’s not tied to a single pdf manipulation library but it tries to take advantage of strength points of all of them
It’s not going to affect PDFsam in the short period but I’ll start to work on a new release using Sejda as manipulation library.
Now you may ask “why should I care NOW then?”. We developed and released a Command Line Interface together with Sejda called sejda-console. It provides a set of commands to manipulate PDF documents using all the features provided by Sejda and for all the ones of you using the pdfsam-console and brave enough to switch to the sejda-console, it may be a good opportunity to try it and give us back some feedback. To make it more interesting I have to say that the sejda-console provides some more functionalities compared to the pdfsam-console:
- pdf to tiff conversion (single or multiple output)
- pdf to jpg conversion
- text extraction
- split by bookmark level where the bookmark matches a given regexp
We really hope to have feedbacks, opinions and suggestions from you, as you always did with PDFsam. You can find a lot of information, download link, javadocs etc at the Sejda webpage.
oh, of course Sejda is free and open source.
more than 2 months have passed since the last release but the next one is almost ready. With the next version all the enhanced users will have a new module to set pdf metadata (Title, Author..). For both basic and enhanced I spent some time implementing requests about the user interface like drag and drop support on Linux, save and load environments that saves and restores the selected module and finally, after many requests since the beginning of this project, the user interface will be restored every time you open/close PDFsam, this means the main window size, position, the 2 split panels and the selected plugin.
I want to really thank all those users who supported PDFsam (fortunately a lot) with money, ideas, suggestions, emails etc… you keep me working on it with enthusiasm.
I want to remind you that if you want to split or merge pdf documents and PDFsam gives you the message “PdfReader not opened with owner password” it’s because you must provide the owner password to be able to manipulate the document. If Acrobat Reader doesn’t ask you for a password it’s because it opens the documents in “view” mode, but splitting or merging pdf documents are considered “edit” mode and, as the error message states, you must provide a owner password.
The new versions are ready to be downloaded. In these versions you’ll find some bug fixes, some new console options, an updated langpack, the new “document properties” window and some enhancement.
The MacOS dmg archive will be available on Wednesday (1st of April).
I just released the first alpha test version of the branch 2 (both basic and enhanced). With this version you’ll find the two new visual plugins that will let you visually reorder pages of a PDF file, or visually compose a document by merging pages taken from other documents. All the visual things are based on the JPodRenderer library. It’s a test version and load/save environment functions don’t work yet but everything else should work. You’ll find also the new console where I added the -d option to the concat command to merge PDF files found in an input directory and I added the chance to set a starting value for the [FILENUMBER] prefix (Ex. [FILENUMBER13] or [FILENUMBER###13]). This version require a JVM 1.6.
Let me know your feedbacks
Some users reported that PDFsam gets stuck trying to merge PDF files. After some investigation I found there’s something wrong with the regular expression used to check the output file extension (PDF merge module). A temporary solution is to fill the output file name with the extension included. I’ll fix it with the next release.
If, when you double click the pdfsam.exe, an error window shows the message “Cannot find javaw.exe”, it means that it cannot find a working Java installation. To solve this problem try installing (or reinstalling) a working Java Runtime Environment (1.4.2 or above). It can be found here http://www.java.com .
Hi to all the french users
I found an article about PDFsam on Linux Pratique January-February. I’m very proud to know that even magazines are talking about PDFsam, unfortunately I can’t find French magazines here in Italy.
So my question is… is there any French PDFsam user who could kindly send me the article? A scanned version or the two pages by mail?
Thank you very much 🙂