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Giveaway of the day — PDF Combine 1.2 (Win & Mac)

A handy application that merges several PDF documents into one single PDF file
$29.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 36 (52%) 33 (48%) 36 comments

PDF Combine 1.2 (Win & Mac) was available as a giveaway on November 20, 2016!

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PDF Combine is a handy application that let you merge several PDF documents into one single PDF file. The merged PDF file will keep the original formatting, page size and page orientation. It also allows you to adjust the PDF sequence by the UP and DOWN buttons, which means you can simply add your PDF documents and reorder the sequence later even if those files are in different folders. PDF Combine has a Mac version named PDF Merger Mac.

Please note: the archive also includes the Mac version of the software

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ 2000/ 2003/ Vista/ 7/ 8/ 10

Publisher:

PDF Combine

Homepage:

http://www.pdfmergermac.com/

File Size:

10.2 MB

Price:

$29.95

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#20

I was always under the impression that GOTD offerings were available for 24 hours, or until the next day's offering was initialised.
I came to download PDF Combine at 08:40 GMT this morning and found it to have expired. The offer was notified to me yesterday at 10:48 GMT (about typical as my emails arrive between 10:48 and 11:05 based on the last 2 months).
Does this mean that our GOTD offers are available for less than 22 hours now?

Reply   |   Comment by Larry Lambert  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

This product is just a GUI front end to a 3rd parties pdf manipulation toolkit called pdftk-server that is hosted at:

https://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-server/

From that page "It is also used by OEMs and ISVs to give their products the ability to manipulate PDFs. A commercial license is required to distribute PDFtk with your commercial product."

But I see no mention of the PDFtk.exe being licesned for redistribution or even credited as to be providing all the underlying processing!

The commandline driven pdftk.exe that is in the data subfolder of the installation folder has far more facilities than this GUI offers:

"PDFtk Server can:

Merge PDF Documents or Collate PDF Page Scans
Split PDF Pages into a New Document
Rotate PDF Documents or Pages
Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
Encrypt Output as Desired
Fill PDF Forms with X/FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
Generate FDF Data Stencils from PDF Forms
Apply a Background Watermark or a Foreground Stamp
Report PDF Metrics, Bookmarks and Metadata
Add/Update PDF Bookmarks or Metadata
Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
Unpack PDF Attachments
Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)"

At https://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/ They also offer their own GUI in Free form that provides a bit more functionality than this: "PDFtk Free is our friendly graphical tool for quickly merging and splitting PDF documents and pages." or a paid for Pro version for only $3.99 that adds more: "Use PDFtk Pro to quickly split, merge, rotate, watermark, stamp and secure PDF pages and documents."

In summary the Free PDFtk GUI is better than todays giveaway and even PDFtk Pro is better than all their PDF products combined and cheaper than any single one of them and almost certainly more legal too!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#18

PDF Direct is freeware software that acts like a printer except rather than printing, it produces a pdf file of what you wanted to print. It was extremely handy before MSFT started adding this ability, but it works with ANYTHING you want to print. It also has the ability to combined pdf files.

I just don't understand why you would add PDF Combine (ie, any software that does 1 thing that can be found in more flexible software)... the more apps you add, the less stable your computer.

Reply   |   Comment by Miles Hoffman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#17

This software does not to merge files as it says.

I can only make it concatenate files.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike H  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Mike H,

First sentence above should have read:
This software does not appear to merge files as it says.

.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike H  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#16

Eset Nod32 will not allow installation.

Reply   |   Comment by tom  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#15

I use IrfanView, totally free image viewer, (that's been around since dial up) with a huge number of free plugins.

Reply   |   Comment by Rassilon  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#14

Just downloaded and installed on W10 machine. Had to have two goes at entering the registration key, but after that, all worked perfectly and very intuitively, with some very large files perfectly combined.
Recommended.
Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Trevor  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#13

I prefer freeware PDF Tools which merges, splits, combines, etc...

http://sheelapps.com/index.php?p=PDFTools.HomePage&action=view

Reply   |   Comment by Milton Kowinowski  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#12

An easier prog to do this is available for free called PDF Binder,I've been using it for years!

Reply   |   Comment by Grandpappy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+19)

Grandpappy,
uBlock Origin blocks PDF Binder from downloading because of "Badware risks". Not sure exactly what that means, but enough for me to stay away from the current download of it.

Reply   |   Comment by MFC  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#11

Since on their homepage there are 2 different files/ download pages, 1 for Mac and 1 for Win, how is this 1 file for both? Or is this Mac only?

Reply   |   Comment by C N  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-10)

C N, dare I say... Yes I dare! Read the entire description above including the BOLD font sentence underneath starting with the words "Please note:"!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

C N, Please note: the archive also includes the Mac version of the software

Reply   |   Comment by Chris  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

C N,
It lists PDF Combine for PC; PDF Combine for MAC. Why does it matter to you if it does it in one file or 2?

Reply   |   Comment by Pushmataha  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#10

Installed with Windows 10. Tested by combining 7 files that were joined correctlly. Instructions were brief "HOW TO COMBINE PDFS - Click Add button to add your PDF files to the file list, and then click the Combine Now button to start the task.
Drag & Drop: - You can simply drag and drop PDF files to the file list directly and click the Combine Now button.
How to Set Output Path: - Click the left bottom Output Path link to change the output folder. Default output path is "C:\Ouput\" folder." and may be hard to find. I would suggest Developer include directions as a read file with the download.

Reply   |   Comment by Jim Woodward  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#9

Is the portable version included today or it is a paid for only program?

Reply   |   Comment by Sherman Staffer  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#8

I checked out a couple of reviews of this online and they said good things about it so I downloaded it. No trouble downloading, installing or entering the registration key.

I've not investigated beyond the basic combine function, but that worked without a problem as it says on the tin.

Definitely a keeper, a useful tool to have. Thank you GOTD and thank you developers.

Steve

Reply   |   Comment by Steve  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)

Steve, I voted yes because your comment was straightforward and sensible. 3 negative comments had to be from folks who dislike the program. Please, anyone, if you don't like a GOTD offering, don't dis a poster, enter your own post.

Reply   |   Comment by Robert Shiffman  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Steve, I was able to 'combine' two separate PDF files. It does what it claims.

Reply   |   Comment by T. Smith  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#7

Installer's default installation location is "c:\PDFCombine", just so if anyone wants to install it to program files directory.
I dropped 2 files onto it and clicked combine,,after that my system hung, well, it happens sometimes, but for a few moments, this time the system was barely responsive for a few minutes, then I managed to open Process Lasso and terminate that process, the system gained responsiveness immediately, phew, no, I don't want to use it anymore.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Evgeny, System is Win 10 64.
Could it be because i put too big pdf files, one is 64, another is 158 mb, or its Windows 10 incompatibility, or it just a poor Mac to Windows port, cause it seems to be a Mac program, I have no idea, but you may not have the same problem i had.

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Evgeny, do you have a single core CPU? If so then any badly behaved single thread could bring the whole system to its knees easily... if you have dual or more cores then your describing a particularly nasty bug!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#6

http://www.pdfcombine.net/

Reply   |   Comment by no  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-8)
#5

The home page here points to the Mac version, Windows version is at http://www.pdfcombine.net/

Reply   |   Comment by Evgeny  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#4

"PDF Merge Tool"
* Free
* Portable
* Software size 209 kb
* Open Source

http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/Office/PDF/Portable-PDF-Merge-Tool.shtml

Reply   |   Comment by Gregor  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+26)
#3

Well,

The home page says it is for the mac.

The documentation is non existent, no tutorials, no screen shots, no detail.

Is there a reason for this? Acrobat allows you to add pages, remove pages, reorder pages
merge files, separate documents into files.

It would seem, though hard to tell, is for folks who don't have full Acrobat or one of the free or low cost alternatives.

Reply   |   Comment by Spam Sorenson  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+10)
#2

This would be a keeper. But it don´t install, my antivirus blocks setup.exe. See http://wikisend.com/download/760300/antivirus-alert.jpg (and see a href="http://www.avira.com/en/support-threats-summary-product?tid=8670&threat=PUA%252FInstallCore.Gen7&track=1" title="details">description). Pitty...

Reply   |   Comment by henrich  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

henrich, on that page you link to is a further linked page:

http://www.avira.com/en/potentially-unwanted-applications

that defines behaviours that get programs flagged as PUA's but reading through the definition the only offending behaviour I can see that is undeniable is the default behaviour at the end of an installation to add favorites and the end user has to deselect the options to avoid the bookmarks being added to browsers. That is covered by the offending behaviour:

"Changing browser settings / behavior

Does the installation flow of the software change any user settings, default settings (for example, default search engine, default homepage, default browser, bookmarks) or profiles without the user’s explicit consent?"

Installation flow does not require the users explicit consent to add bookmarks, it requires the users explicit disagreement to avoid them! Wouldn't it be funny if all these so called false positives are just because the GAOTD Setup.exe wrapper defaults to adding bookmarks!

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

TK, thanks for your suggestion and explanation.
But it would be better to avoid PUAs in setup files.
And I am not sure if it is only GAOTD setup wrapper as other installations runned withut problems...

Reply   |   Comment by henrich  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#1

Not working. Refusing to install

Reply   |   Comment by Phil Kennedy  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Phil Kennedy, What version of windows are you using?

Reply   |   Comment by DaveC  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

Phil Kennedy,

Before I download and install this program, I would appreciate if you could specify which Windows OS are you using. I just might skip this offer. Thanks in advance.

consuela

Reply   |   Comment by consuella  –  3 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
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