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Good open source alternative to Adobe Acrobat?

  • 06-12-2016 3:51am
    Registered Users Posts: 19,426 ✭✭✭✭ Muahahaha

    Anyone know of a good reliable open source alternative to Acrobat? Im hoping to find something that can combine pdfs into one file and then organise them by chronological order of when the files were created. Ability to scan to pdf and then edit would be a bonus :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,943 ✭✭✭✭ Johnboy1951

    There are lots of very good PDF utilities, but most are command line tools it seems.

    There are GUI 'wrappers' for some tools, but I have never used them.

    This might provide some insight to what is available

    Maybe you want something more comprehensive such as Scribus?

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,426 ✭✭✭✭ Muahahaha

    I think Scribus is more an InDesign clone? Just looking for a stable alternative to Acrobat. My main bugbear is I cannot merge pdf files into one single searchable file without having to upgrade to Acrobat Pro at a considerable annual cost. There seems to be a fair bit of open source stuff out there that will do this but Im just looking for recommendations on a program that doesnt crash so much

  • Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 28,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ oscarBravo

    Do you need a GUI? Stapler is pretty good.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2 gatewaytechno

    I agree with you, Thank you.

  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 19,234 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L.Jenkins

    The following link may be of some use.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2 gatewaytechno

    I completely agree with you, thank you very much for the post.

  • Registered Users Posts: 173 ✭✭ ElWalrus

    I've used PDFsam to do this in the past. The basic (Free) version can be used to merge PDFs pretty well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,465 ✭✭✭ Worztron

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  • Registered Users Posts: 622 ✭✭✭ sheepsh4gger

    I use Evince

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,290 ✭✭✭ MrMusician18

    I've used jpdftweak. They're isn't much of a gui but it is highly functional.

    And free!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,750 ✭✭✭ FishOnABike

    For just joining PDF files I've used PDFBinder. It gas a simple drag and drop interface to join multiple PDFs into a single file.

    Most scan to PDF utilities save the scanned matter as images embedded in a PDF document. You may not be able to edit the scanned document as text.

    Scanning options are usually a choice between preserving layout / appearance by saving pages as an embedded image in the PDF or using optial character recognition saving pages as editable text in the PDF but not preserving layout / appearance in the process.

    I've used FreeOCR to output editable text from a scanned image or document.

    For editing PDF text I've used AbleWord.

    You will probably need to use different tools for different aspects of your document scanning, joining and editing. These ones work for me.

  • Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 1,326 Mod ✭✭✭✭ croo

    Guys... that was a question from 2 years ago!