Best Free PDF Tools

 

Introduction

A PDF tool comes in handy when you need to deal with PDF files such as to merge or split pages, add a header, footer or watermark, highlight or annotate PDF documents, or convert from other files to PDFs or vice versa. In this review, multipurpose programs offering general features for merging PDF files, splitting or re-ordering pages, etc within a single application are discussed under General Tools. Those designed for a more specific task are grouped under Specific Tools.

 

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Index

General Tools

Specific Tools

 

General Tools - Merge, Split, Reorder & More

PDFill PDF ToolsPDFill PDF Tools is my favorite with its nice, clean user interface covering most  functions, including merge pdf files, split or reorder pages, rotate or crop pdf pages, add headers and footers complete with page numbers, etc.

Watermarks can be added either by typing in some text (such as ‘DRAFT’ for documents to be reviewed), or by inserting a background image in PDF format.

Some additional features are supported, such as encrypt and decrypt with security options; reformat multiple pages into one page; delete, flatten or list PDF form fields; convert PDF to images or vice versa; and convert a PostScript file to PDF.

Note that PDFill PDF Tools can be run from within PDFill PDF Editor, which is not free, but a seperate installer containing the Tools only is also provided by the developer. The PDFill PDF Tools does not support functions such as converting PDF to text, making annotations, etc., however, those features are all available in the Specific Tools listed in the next section.

 

PDF ShaperAnother free application PDF Shaper offers a different set of PDF tools which include Split and Merge PDFs, Encrypt and Decrypt PDF, Convert PDF to Image and vice versa, Extract Images from PDF, Rotate Pages or Sign PDF, Extract Text from PDF and Convert PDF to Word RTF.

PDF Shaper lacks such tools such as adding watermark, adding header and footer, reorder pages, crop pages, adding PDF information, etc. available in PDFill PDF Tools, but it has some other tools that PDFill PDF Tools does not have, such as Extract Text from PDF and Convert PDF to Word RTF.

PDF Shaper sports a clean user interface and it's easy to use. However, the function of Convert PDF to Word RTF only did up to three pages of conversion and specifying pages for splitting PDFs encountered an error when tried.

During installation of PDF Shaper, uncheck the option for bundling a toolbar or any other component which you do not need.

 

PDFTK BuilderPDFTK Builder is a useful alternative. The big advantage of PDFTK Builder is that it can merge or reorder selected pages of PDF files at one go, which is much simpler if you have a lot to do.

PDFTK Builder also supports split, rotate, background/stamp and encrypt features. Besides these, it has no other additional features.

It's worth noting that PDFTK Builder lacks a basic function (available in PDFill PDF Tools) for watermarking PDF documents with background text—this can be important if you need to mark your documents as 'Confidential', 'Draft', etc.

 

jPDF TweakIf your priority is to get the maximum number of features from a single freeware package, then jPDF Tweak will be a good choice. However, its user interface is not as straightforward as in either of the two applications reviewed above. Its merge, split and reorder functions are available under the ‘input’ tab, and a new filename has to be entered in the ‘output’ tab.

This feature rich program allows you to rotate, watermark and format multiple pages. You can change page numbers and chapter bookmarks. And jPDF Tweak also offers encryption functions and lets you add attachments to PDF documents.

Additionally, jPDF Tweak enables you to set viewer preferences and document properties, including title, author, subject and keywords.

 

PDFsamPDFsam (PDF Split and Merge) is well worth trying if you need to visually re-order or recompose multiple pages of PDF files.

You can mix, merge or extract, split and rotate pages by specifying the page numbers. However, PDFsam also lets you re-organize PDF pages in a thumbnail view. In this mode, you can easily work with thumbnails to merge, delete, rotate or re-order PDF pages and save the results as another PDF file.

Since PDFsam is a Java application, it will run on any operating system that supports Java. The basic version of PDFsam is free for use. The installer is bundled with an advertising program OpenCandy but you can get from here a standalone zip file with no such bundle.

 

PDF ShufflerFor Linux users, PDF Shuffler should make it much easier for you to re-arrange pages in a pdf document, or merge and split pdf files.

After importing one or more pdf files to PDF Shuffler, the various pages appear as thumbnails, making it easy to merge, re-order or delete. You can right-click a thumbnail to rotate or crop a page before exporting to a new pdf file.

PDFShuffler is a small application running on Linux. Some distros, such as Ubuntu, include PDF Shuffler in the repository for ease of download and setup.

As a good alternative, try also PDF Mod for Linux. It has almost the same functionalities as PDF Shuffler but comes with a clearer PDF viewer and a slider to adjust zooming levels easily. Even though it lacks a feature for cropping select pages, you get more other goodies such as exporting images, adding bookmarks and editing properties including the title, author, keywords and subject of PDF files.

 

Specific Tools

The free applications reviewed in this section are helpful for their specific functions mostly not covered by the General Tools.

Edit a PDF File

Oracle PDF Import Extension (formerly Sun PDF Import Extension) allows you create a hybrid pdf file with LibreOffice or OpenOffice Writer. A hybrid pdf file is basically a pdf file containing an embedded odf source file. The beauty of this type of file is that not only can it be viewed with a normal PDF viewer, it can also be opened for full text editing with LibreOffice or OpenOffice Writer in 100% layout accuracy. See this article A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy for details.

If you need to edit a normal or non-hybrid pdf file, LibreOffice or OpenOffice Draw is one of the free options available. You can use it to edit small portions of text, add or remove images and so on with no layout adjustments.

Convert PDF to Text

FreeOCR.netSome PDF to TXT Converter is a light tool which preserves text and layout while supporting drag and drop, batch conversion and encrypted pdf files. Alternatively, try the latest version of Nitro PDF Reader which gives you an option either to keep text in paragraphs for easy re-alignment, or to break each line to a width of any number of characters of your choice.

FreeOCR.net is a good scan and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program which lets you extract text from scanned PDF documents. Moreover, images from scanned PDF documents can be selected and placed on the clipboard. (Note: The online installer may offer third-party software during installation. Click the "Decline" button to reject the offer you may not need then the "next" button to continue with the setup. See Installer Warning) For an online OCR solution, try Free-OCR.com.

Convert PDF to Word/Excel

Free online conversion is available from Nitro PDF for PDF-to-Word Converter and PDF-to-Excel Converter. Choose the file you need, click the "Convert" button and check your inbox for the converted files.

Convert Various Formats to PDF

7-PDF Maker7-PDF Maker is a powerful tool to convert a wide range of formats to PDF. It can convert to PDF files generated by Word, Excel, Powerpoint, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, StarOffice, Maths and AutoCad, and will also convert images, text or web based files. The setup comes with a choice between a Command line version or Windows Explorer integration.

If you are using office applications such as LibreOffice or OpenOffice, or word processors such as Jarte, they come with a feature to export files to PDF. Newer versions of Microsoft Office also allow a free add-in for saving documents as PDF.

Whether you choose to use 7-PDF Maker or any of these applications, you should find that clickable hyperlinks and bookmarks are nicely conserved in the converted or exported PDF files, along with the original page layouts.

An alternative approach is to install a virtual PDF printer, such as Bullzip, which will 'print' out PDF files of text or other contents. Note, however, that clickable hyperlinks and bookmarks will not usually be preserved in the resulting PDF file.

i2pdfIf you only need to convert image files to PDF, my favorite would be i2pdf. It works even better than the tool "Convert Images to PDF" included in PDFill PDF Tools. Download and unzip i2pdf and run the executable directly (no installation required). This program is portable and user friendly—just drag and drop the images on the program window, click the "Build PDF" button and it's done. When setting the page output, "paperless" format is a helpful option if you'd like to convert portrait or landscape images to the PDF file and view them on the screen without blank paper margins.

How about converting files to PDF online? 7-PDF Web Portal and many other websites such as kool Converter or Document Converter eXPress also offer online conversion to PDF.

Extract Images from PDF

Some PDF Images Extract is a good choice. You can extract all images from several PDF files by batch or pull images from selected pages in a PDF file. Images can be saved in jpg, bmp, png, tiff, gif or tga formats. It costs no money to use this application, but it is nagware which prompts a dialogue to ask for registration with payment each time you use it.

Annotate PDF Documents

PDF-XChange Viewer enables you to annotate PDF documents. It allows a variety of operations, including highlighting, crossing or underlining text; drawing shapes; stamping and filling out PDF forms with a built-in typewriter; insert, edit or rename bookmarks. Unfortunately some advanced features are available only to the paid-for Pro version.

The good news is that now Foxit Reader has made this particular feature, together with most other basic annotating tools, available for free. If you're looking for an alternative, Foxit Reader is definitely a good choice.

For Linux users, Okular is a good try. It supports annotations, highlighting, drawing lines and shapes, adding textboxes and stamps, and selecting and saving part of a document as text or in an image format.

Create and Edit Bookmarks

JPdfBookmarksJPdfBookmarks allows you to create and edit bookmarks on existing PDF files. You can add bookmarks to quick jump to a certain page of PDF documents, point to another PDF file in the file-system or go a website in a browser.

Bookmarks can be easily renamed or edited. To set a bookmark to jump to a certain paragraph in a page—first browse to that paragraph, then right-click a bookmark, select "Set Destination" then "Replace Current". When completed, save the file as a new PDF file and it's all set.

Make Fillable PDF Forms

PDFescape is a helpful web application which lets you create or fill in PDF forms online, straight from your browser. In addition to creating and editing fillable forms, you can also add text, links and sticky notes, draw basic shapes, and whiteout contents. PDF Escape is now entirely free. If you want to save your work and return later you'll need to register.

Crop PDF Pages

Briss is a cross-platform Java application which makes visual cropping of PDF pages much faster and easier. You just load a pdf file, draw one or more rectangles with a mouse to crop the regions you want from a page and then save them as another file. If you load a PDF file with multiple pages, you can see the odd and even numbered pages overlaid and crop them easily in one go.

Set Viewer Preferences and Metadata

BeCyPDFMetaEdit is a good find. It allows you to edit most metadata such as title, subject and author of your PDF files, and customize viewer preferences, slide show page transitions, page labels, etc. Other than the GUI version, it also has a command version for batch processing with parameters explained in the help file supporting most of the application functionality.

"Tweak PDF" is another choice with a simple user interface, but it lacks a slideshow setting and some other features. The program is portable and available for download at Portable Freeware. It has been scanned clean on VirusTotal. (NB: The link to the developer's homepage is not provided here as it has a bad WOT rating upon checking).

Digitally Sign a PDF File

DigiSignerDigiSigner is a useful tool to digitally sign PDF files and verify signatures. This process allows you to ensure that important PDF documents such as invoices and contracts are not tampered with. The application supports smartcards and USB tokens, certificates from Windows key store and standard PFX (Personal Information Exchange) files.

The latest version of this application allows you to create a certificate or PFX file with DigiSigner proper. Additional features include the ability to create and edit multiple signature appearances using fonts and images, batch signing, add text and images to documents, etc.

Compare Two PDF Files

DiffPDF is a portable open-source application for you to compare two PDF files and see their differences in words, characters or appearance. To compare PDF files, select two different PDF documents via the File #1 and File #2 buttons then click Compare. You can also save your comparison result as a PDF file. The program runs on multi platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Recover Forgotten Password

Try PDFCrak which runs on Linux or DOS (the version for DOS is available for download here). The only supported usage of this software is to recover passwords and/or content that you own but have lost access to as stated in the FAQ.

Booklet Printing

Gimposition (or Govert's Simple Imposition Tool) allows you to re-order and reformat pages of your PDF document to prepare for booklet printing with a foldmark, 2-up printing with page separation lines, or place two equal copies side by side with cutmarks on a top page. No installation is required, just unzip the download, run the executable. It's straightforward, fast and easy to use. See also this review.

Other Functions

To add attachments to a PDF, try "PDF Bundle" available for download at Softpedia. The program has been scanned clean on VirusTotal. (NB: The link to the developer's homepage is not provided here as it has a bad WOT rating upon checking).

To compress a PDF file, try this portable application Free PDF Compressor (last free version 1.12), or follow this method mentioned in our Freeware Forum.

 
Others

The following free applications offer particular functions, some of which are available in the main reviews. They were brought up in comments here or noted from other sources. I am listing them here with brief descriptions and links to the related sites for ease of reference.

  • PDFedit, a free PDF editor with GUI interface, allows for complete editing of PDF documents and changing raw PDF objects. It's currently a beta and not easy to use for average users.
  • Sheel Khanna's PDFTools allows users to join multiple PDFs, split or re-arrange a PDF, encrypt or decrypt and stamp a pdf. It also includes a tool to convert XML to a PDF file.
  • Gios PDF Splitter And Merger allows merging and splitting of documents with drag and drop features.
  • GUI for PDFTK Another GUI for the multi-platform PDFTK for merging and splitting pdf files, as well as various other  functions.
  • PdfMerge allows merging and splitting of documents with bookmark import.
  • Free PDF to Word Doc Converter  converts pdf to doc.
  • Free PDF to Word Converter converts pdf to doc or rtf.
  • SpeedPDF Stamp adds an image as watermark.
  • SpeedPDF Page Numberer allows adding page numbers with variable formats.
  • Freeware pdf Unlocker allows removal of PDF restrictions on printing, editing and copying text.
 
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Quick Selection Guide

PDFill PDF Tools
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Clean and nice user interface, include most features such as merge, split, reorder, rotate, header and footer with page number, watermark, encrypt and decrypt, convert PDF to images or vice versa, convert PostScript to PDF.
Short of features provided by Specific Tools.
11.0
5.8 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win 98 to Win 7

The application is available as a part of the entire PDFill package or as a tool by itself. It requires GhostScript to be installed before use.

PDFTK Builder
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Merge and reorder of pages at one go, supports split, rotate, background stamp, encrypt, etc.
Text watermark not support, less features than PDFill PDF Tools.
http://angusj.com/pdftkb/
3.5.3
2 MB
32 bit only
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows 98-Vista
PDF Shuffler
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Easy to re-order, rotate, crop or remove pages, split or merge pdf files in interactive user interface, small size.
Lacking other features than those mentioned.
0.5
33 KB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Linux
7-PDF Maker
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Converts a wide range of formats to PDF, comes with a Command line version or a Windows Explorer integration.
Provides a tool for conversion to PDF only. The portable version is not freeware.
1.4.1
53.06 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Windows

The current version of this product is bundled with OpenCandy.

i2pdf
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
User friendly, drag and drop, paperless format to suit viewing on the screen, other various options available.
Designed only for converting images to PDF, no other PDF tools available.
http://luis.no-ip.net/i2pdf
1.0.43
1.0 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available but not from the developer.
Windows XP, Vista, 7
DigiSigner
4
 
Available either as a web service or stand alone program
Digitally sign PDF documents and verify signatures to secure your important documents.
Based on ICEpdf viewer and might not be ideal for viewing PDFs in some cases.
http://www.digisigner.com/
4.0
8.4 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows, Mac OS X or other systems, with Java installed.
PDFsam
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Supports visual organizing and re-ordering PDF pages in addition to the direct page number input.
Visual document composer occasionally encountered some errors.
http://www.pdfsam.org/
2.2.2
15 MB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Open source freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows, Linux and Mac OS, with Java Runtime Environment

The installer contains OpenCandy but you can download a portable zip file here without bundling such advertising program.

PDF Shaper
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
A collection of useful PDF tools including merge and split PDFs, encrypt and decrypt PDF, extract text and images, convert to and from images, etc.
Convert PDF to Word RTF up to three pages, specifying pages to split PDFs encountered an error when tried. Bundled with an optional toolbar.
2.2
10.5 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Free for private use only
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP and above
jPDF Tweak
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Support merge, split, reorder, rotate, watermark, format multiple pages, change page numbers, encrypt, add attachments, set viewer preference and metadata.
User interface less intuitive.
http://jpdftweak.sourceforge.net/
0.9
724 KB
32 and 64 bit versions available
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Win 98-8

Requires Java Runtime Environment (JRE):
- version 5 for Windows 98 & ME and version 6 for Windows 2000 is no longer available from Oracle;
- version 7 for Windows XP is no longer supported but updates are available until May 2015.

FreeOCR.net
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Extract text from scanned PDF documents, images from scanned PDF documents can be selected and placed on the clipboard.
Short of other features available to General Tools. During installation, prompting to opt in for other software that you may not need.
http://www.paperfile.net/
5.0.2
11.08 MB
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP to Windows 8

The online installer offers third-party software during installation. Click the "Decline" button to reject the offer you may not need then the "next" button to continue with the setup.

 
 

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by Anupam on 13. September 2014 - 6:31  (118558)

UnityPDF: http://www.unitypdf.com/

Merge, split, divide, rotate, extract, etc.

by TommyBoy on 6. September 2014 - 15:54  (118420)

Two oversights:
1) either a PDF printer is not addressed or I missed it? This is a mission critical function for me
2) Was PDF xChange omitted because they have not kept their free package completely up-to-date with modern OS versions?

by Jojo Yee on 7. September 2014 - 3:02  (118427)

They are covered TommyBoy. Please follow the links given below.

1) PDF printers are reviewed in this article Best Free PDF Writer Software.

2) PDF-XChange Viewer is reviewed under this paragraph Annotate PDF Documents.

by Arithmomaniac on 26. March 2014 - 21:15  (115324)

They often do, but not always. In this case, I confirmed with Universal Extractor that there are no CNET components. (Of course, the fact that Download.com does that sometimes has WOT and other implications.)

The truly intrepid could also look at that installer and roll their own version of it from the real installer by deleting unwanted components.

by Jojo Yee on 27. March 2014 - 7:33  (115337)

Agree with you Arithmomaniac. This particular download from CNET does not contain a wrapper like others do.

As far as I can see, CNET has two types of download buttons shown below. The one with the "CNET Installer Enabled" needs extra caution as it may end up installing other software that users do not need. We recommend other better download sites such as Softpedia.com if they host the same applications.

Cnet-Secure-Download.png    CNet-Download-Installer.png

by Anupam on 27. March 2014 - 8:46  (115339)

Ah, thanks for the information. I thought CNET Secure Download meant it came with the wrapped download.

I don't download from CNET now, but in this case, I guess it's okay, since I checked, and did not find Pdfill Pdf Tools as a separate download on download sites like Softpedia. It has the full package of Pdfill.

by Arithmomaniac on 25. March 2014 - 15:18  (115274)

PDFill PDF Tools can be downloaded as a separate binary from download.com:
http://download.cnet.com/PDFill-Free-PDF-Tools/3000-18497_4-10435051.html

by Anupam on 26. March 2014 - 7:18  (115299)

Not recommended, since CNET uses its own wrapper with the download, which is what we advise our users to avoid.

by Jojo Yee on 26. March 2014 - 2:39  (115293)

Thanks for the info Arithmomaniac.

by scuttle613 on 25. February 2014 - 22:42  (114656)

I regularly merge a lot of PDFs into various files and have found PDF Redirect to be the easiest to use, mainly because of the thumbnail views of the files being merged.

http://www.exp-systems.com/

Also, it keeps the list of files after merging. If you need to change one of the files, or add or delete files, it's easy to regenerate the merge.

This program apparently hasn't been updated for a while (I could suggest features) but it's surely worth an honorable mention.

Irfanview with the plugins and with Ghostscript installed can also merge PDFs.

by not recognized on 6. February 2014 - 14:52  (114287)

Here's a screenshot of the output of Somepdf to text converter;

http://www.imagebam.com/image/8d9e46306276015

by Jojo Yee on 8. February 2014 - 3:05  (114309)

Checking if your source PDF contains searchable text or imaged text may help.

by innn on 5. February 2014 - 5:15  (114257)

please answer me which of these allows one to change the style of all text in a pdf in one move for printing.

by Jojo Yee on 8. February 2014 - 3:23  (114310)

@innn, this needs to modify the font properties of text in a pdf file using a pdf editor which is usually not free. Another way is to convert a pdf file to another file format for editing.

See also: How to Modify Font Properties of the Text in a PDF
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy

by dmosco on 2. February 2014 - 10:10  (114144)

Was searching twitter for tools and came across this awesome free PDF to Word converter called Convertii! Maybe it's worth adding to the list? http://convertii.com/

by WHiTe_aSH143 on 27. January 2014 - 14:50  (114010)

Excellent review!

Not sure if it's been pointed out yet or not, but you can "watermark" in PDFTK Builder. It's more cumbersome than toolkits that come with watermarking standard.

What I did to watermark was create a Word doc with the watermark I wanted and formatted it appropriately with line weights, font size, location on the document. Save it as a pdf.

Open up PDFTK Builder and select the Background/Stamp tab. Choose the Source PDF Document (the one to put the watermark in) then choose the Background or Stamp PDF Page (the watermark created in Word). Choose background or stamp then save it.

Like I said, more cumbersome than it has to be, but it can be done.

Enjoy!

by Geert on 21. January 2014 - 8:14  (113806)

Some days ago I stumbled upon yet another freeware PDF tool that imo deserves its place on this page: PDF Shaper from Glorylogic (http://www.glorylogic.com/pdf-shaper/)
Key features:
- extract text, images of other objects from single or multiple PDFs
- convert PDF to Word RTF or image, or convert image to PDF
- extract pages from PDF and save them as separate PDF files
- combine several PDF files into single PDF
- encrypt and decrypt PDF with password, set user permissions
- sign PDF or rotate pages
- nice and clean user interface

by Jojo Yee on 22. January 2014 - 8:00  (113863)

Thanks Geert for a good suggestion. PDF Shaper has now been included in this article, with a note on a bundled component as highlighted by MC.

by MidnightCowboy on 21. January 2014 - 8:54  (113814)

Thank you for the suggestion Geert. :)

Like a lot of the software in this category, PDF Shaper is bundled with unwanted components so users need to take care during the installation process to avoid these. MC - Site Manager.

by RussAdams on 30. December 2013 - 16:20  (113279)

Some PDF is not free.

It only extracted 5 pages then quit unless I purchased it.

Russ

by bawldiggle on 2. September 2013 - 9:56  (110461)

Just downloaded and installed "PDF Creator". No sign of "Open Candy"
BUT ...
10MB download turned into a 46MB installation. Cloud sourced "updates". BS!!
My custom install folder was nominated as "C:\Programs2"
PDF Creator installed in correct folder
BUT...
PDF Architect -- dumped secretly installed in "C:\Program Files"
Photo Notifier and Animation Creator -- secretly installed in "C:\Program Files"

Not worth the 46MB when I can get free "PDF-XChange at 22MB without any secrecy.

All touted "PDF Architect" features are only available with more downloads.
ie, Create, Convert, Insert, Review, Secure and Sign, Forms.
So what is PDF Creator providing.
The last tab on "PDF Architect" is "Activate/Register" ... activation = $$$
I will be trialing another freebie from those discussed on this blog
I do not like being lied to.

I pay/donate for programs that are up front and honest.

by Anupam on 2. September 2013 - 10:03  (110462)

I have stopped using PdfCreator for these reasons. Earlier, I used to use it because it was from Sourceforge, and it was free. But, later on, PdfCreator started to become increasingly bloated with bundled extras. It's not worth using anymore. I have switched to DoPdf since then. Haven't used PdfCreator since a few years now. It's a shame what they do to a good software.

by CB on 20. July 2013 - 18:05  (109429)

The installer for PDFsam is now bundled with OpenCandy. The first paragraph on the download page says: "The downloads may include advertisement offers to finance further development, read here why." If you click on the words "read here" and then scroll down to the paragraph that says: "I don’t care, give me my free beer!" and click on the words "found here" you will be taken to Sourceforge where you can download an OpenCandy-free version, which also happens to be a portable version of PDFsam (Zip file, no installation required). Love PDFsam, works great! Thanks for the great article!

by Jojo Yee on 21. July 2013 - 1:21  (109436)

Many thanks for the useful info CB. It's now updated in the review.

by qasimmgm on 26. April 2013 - 8:10  (107348)
by joeguru on 16. December 2013 - 6:10  (112968)

I tried to download this, the installer has opencandy.

by PaulJRichardson on 25. April 2013 - 11:57  (107326)

FYI: DigiSigner is not freeware as far as I can tell. There is a trial.

by Jojo Yee on 25. April 2013 - 13:33  (107328)

Good info PaulJRichardson. Apparently the latest version has turned commercial but you might want to check out the last free version which is still available for download from third party websites. One of them is shown at the Quick Selection Guide.

by stevem109 on 12. April 2013 - 22:19  (107031)

"Some PDF to Word Converter" doesn't seem to be "Unrestricted Freeware"
any more. It converts up to 5 pages followed by a nag screen to Buy/Register.

by Jojo Yee on 13. April 2013 - 4:10  (107037)

Thanks for your feedback Stevem109. Sadly the new version has turned nagware with quite limited free features. It's now removed from the list.

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