For most people, merging and extracting pages from a PDF file is a very complicated process, especially if you don’t own an Adobe Reader Pro license. On the other hand, since we all work with PDF files in many different ways, it’s seems essential to know this kind of stuff. For example, how to export a Word or PowerPoint file to a PDF, and the same goes for Apple’s Pages and Keynote. Later on, you should know how to merge (combine) multiple PDF files or how to extract pages from a document.
A while ago I received a phone call from my friend (who’s an experienced OSX user) who had the problem of extracting several pages from a PDF file and combining them into one document. He decided to call me after he installed some shareware programs he found online, which needed him to install a fictional printer in order for PDF to be “printed” onto his hard drive. I immediately knew what he was talking about, since this is one of those ways to get new PDF files, but it’s the harder one. On the other hand, most of us aren’t willing of spending a lot of money on a new Adobe Reader Pro license, so there must be another way.
In this article I’ll show you the way to do these operations, in a very safe, easy, and quick manner. The application I’ll show you is called the Batch PDF Merger and even though we’ll talk about its OSX version there’s also Windows-compatible version as well.
As you can see from the screenshots, Batch PDF Merger looks pretty simple and even self-explanatory. In order to merge several PDF files, all you need to do is to drag-and-drop those files into the window of this application. This will show you a list of files which can be arranged. By manually arranging their order you’ll actually set-up order for pages in the end document, so you’ve got all the tools you might need. Simply click on “Merge Files” and that’s all there is.
Batch PDF Merger can be also used to extract pages from a PDF file in a similar manner. After you add several documents, click on “Split/View Pages” and you’ll be able to see all pages within one document. This is where you can delete and rearrange them. What I really liked is that you’ll be able to see thumbnails of these pages, which is really helpful since I sometimes work with e-books which come with 500+ pages.
Another thing that I need to mention is that the official website of Batch PDF Merger offers plenty of additional information, tutorials, and FAQs as well. In case you’ve got any questions or if you’d like to transfer your license, you can directly contact the support team which is very responsive and ready to help.
In case you need a tool to merge and rearrange PDF files, I can recommend Batch PDF Merger. The license is priced at $29.95, which is much less expensive than Adobe Reader Pro or some other similar solution, and you won’t have to worry if it’ll work.