Re: several of the things Anne-ology talks about:
This list is only for programs I have used under Linux that have some of or
all the capabilities she talks about.
pdfSAM - SAM stands for Split And Merge; the interface is rather
user-hostile, but it does a good job of allowing you to grab arbitrary pages
from one or multiple documents and get them assembled into a new pdf.
pdf Chain - similar, but permits specified pages to be rotated, and allows
you to add background stuff (e.g. a transparent image saying "DRAFT") to the
pdf Mod- similar to the others, and also allows you to change the document
properties (edit or remove title, author, keywords, and such things). It
also allows rotation of arbitrary pages.
pdf-Shuffler - permits you to crop selected pages by percentage (separate
spec for top, bottom, and each side - I use this to get pdf files onto my
Nook Color with the smallest margins possible to avoid having to keep
"stretching" each page while I'm reading). Again, there are some quirks in
the user interface, such as how one needs to click the beginning page and
end page to set a range - the column layout makes this work somewhat
strangely, but you get used to it quickly).
As others have already said, pdf is really not similar to other "file
formats" in that each page is a separate chunk, although the elements can be
manipulated to a certain degree. It's similar to saving a paper copy of the
document as a "universal" reference in that no matter how MS or TDF change
formats (or like all those dearly departed earlier companies did), you'll
still have something that can be printed (although not easily edited) in the
If you choose to embed the fonts used in the original (at least all of the
characters in use), this can be quite useful. Sending a pdf to someone is
almost guaranteed to permit them to read it without going through all the
hoops necessary to convert to another format. Again, mostly...
I hope this helps.
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