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Force pdfjam to fit a specific size in final output

My intentions is to make a full book cover (a wide page including the book’s back, the spine, and the front cover). To achieve this, I have three PDF files containing the front page (first-page.pdf A4 ...
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How to remove a specific color from a whole pdf document?

Is their a way, with imagemagick, pdftk or other stuff, to remove a specific color from a whole pdf document? I mean, I give an html hex color code to a tool, and it remove all occurences of this ...
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Script for copy bookmarks from one pdf to another

I want to transfer bookmarks from a series of uncompressed pdf files to their compressed copies (these copies do not have the original bookmarks). I know how to do this one by one using pdftk. First I ...
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How to secure .pdf file to prevent cut and paste from terminal command line

The goal is to prevent recipients from cutting and pasting text content. All recipients shall have access: there should not be a password obstacle to prevent opening the document. I do not know what ...
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Script portability to MacOS

Context Catalina (zsh) & Homebrew: man pages return successfully for pdftk & ps2pdf The goal is to execute: pdfBatesStamp.sh as described in https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/115537/182280 I ...
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Combine Multiple pdfs with a new page with text between each

I've read through and tried multiple posts on similar topics and none satisfied my purpose. I have multiple pdfs which are project reports for each week of a 16-week project and are titled Week1.pdf, ...
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How to convert a directory of jpg files to a pdf with filenames as bookmarks?

I have a directory of jpg files that are scans of my handwritten notes. How do I convert them to a single pdf file that has the filenames as bookmarks? (I eventually also want to add ocr. As mentioned ...
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Printing a PDF to a file (like Evince does)

I need to make a PDF uneditable and a good way to accomplish that is to use the "Print to file" functionality in most PDF readers to generate another PDF. I suppose they work by converting ...
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Eliminate duplicate pages from pdf

I have a pdf document with over 200 duplicate pages among the total 900 of the document. When there is a duplicate, it appears immediately after the original. Maybe with pdftk the job can be done, but ...
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How to extract named destinations with its page using only pdftk and grep?

I'm wondering if it's possible to extract named destinations of this PDF using only pdftk and grep.I know it's possible to do the job with pdfinfo -dests. Its output is: Page Destination ...
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methods of PDF compression

The Problem I have a lot of old books that I want to scan and digitize. For this, I use some flatbed scanner, xsane and GImageReader, which works great. Back a few years ago, when I was still using ...
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pdftk does not update PageLabel metadata

I realised that pdftk does not update the PageLabel metadata, when using update_data_utf8. I've got a pdf file (let's call it file.pdf), which contains the metadata PageLabelBegin PageLabelNewIndex: 1 ...
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pdftk: Too many heap sections: Increase MAXHINCR or MAX_HEAP_SECTS

I was trying to combine 10 pdfs. The total pages are around 100,000 pages. I am using pdftk 1.pdf ... 10.pdf output total.pdf the total size of pdf will be around 300+mb. I get the following error ...
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How to remove pages from a PDF while leaving the document otherwise unchanged

I have a PDF book that I want to remove a few pages from to reduce the file size. My normal solution to this didn't work, and when I tried others they introduced new problems: I usually use PDF ...
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PDFTK can't find files - anywhere even home folder

Similar to this question , but the solution of moving files to the home directory didn't sort it for me. So I don't think its a problem with permissions. This is the jist of the error I got: Error: ...
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Generate parameters for pdftk with loop in bash

I want to generate a list of file names containing n=1 to k, add the string "cat output xyz.pdf" at its end and pass the result as parameter to pdftk. It should execute as this: pdftk file1.pdf file2....
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Fedora -- Pdftk File not found, snap installation

I am running Fedora 31 under KDE. I installed pdftk with the snap store. The installation process finished succesfully. However, when I am trying to execute a pdftk command (for instance here to burst ...
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how to add more metadata to a pdf file so I have more info

I have been blessed in the context that many a times if I come across some interesting content, debate etc. which involves some pdf, more often than not I have the author mailing me the content/pdf or ...
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Why is PDFTK saying it can't find files that are right there?

I'm trying to compile a bunch of PDFs into a single document. ls shows the files are in the directory that I'm in and they're readable (-rw-r--r--). But when I try to run pdftk 2017.pdf cat output ...
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how do I copy or create a new pdf file without password-protection?

Sometimes I get password-protected pdf files from people with passwords in the mail. It becomes a pain to remember them. The pdf file are usually version 1.4 documents, this information I am sharing ...
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"Place" Letter Sized PDF to Larger pdf at specific position

Lulu is a print on-demand service. Part of the creation process is to upload a cover. The "cover" is 1 page that has the dimensions 17.25 inches wide by 11.25 inches high. There is a 0.125 "bleed area"...
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What tool can be used to change the orientation of a pdf page without using the `Rotate` key value?

On page 78 of the PDF Specification 2008, it mentions that the PDF's page object has an integer key value Rotate that you can set to tell the software how the page should be displayed. This value ...
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Merge content of PDF pages from command line without pdftk

I have two PDF files, each has the same number of pages. I want a PDF file with the same number of pages, and each page is a superimposition of the pages of the same number in the two source files. As ...
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PDFtk on RHEL 5.6

My colleagues and I are trying to install PDFtk on a RHEL 5.6 server. PDFtk requires libgcj which is installed, but an older version (v4.1.2) When we install PDFtk and try to add a password to a PDF ...
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Delete/add/replace pages in PDF while preserving bookmarks [duplicate]

Is there an easy CLI method to do that? If I use pdftk, I get a new pdf without the bookmarks of the original one. The bookmarks were created on another system with Adobe Acrobat Pro, and an example ...
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How to concatenate pdf files with different frame sizes

For concatenating presentations of the same topic I use pdftk (e. g. pdftk stones\ in\ england.pdf stones\ from\ namibia.pdf cat output nice\ stones.pdf). Files with diferent frame sizes but same ...
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Is there a convenient way to insert blank pdf pages into my pdf?

I have a pdf file foo.pdf. I want to create a pdf file foo-blankbacks.pdf whose odd pages are the pages of foo.pdf and whose even pages are blank. Can this be easily accomplished from the command line?...
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pdftk can't handle emdashes in filenames

I'm trying to use pdftk (v 1.40) to combine some pdfs (using it's cat command). As a simple test, I can do pdftk "/home/deploy/Foo - Bar.pdf" cat output results.pdf and that works fine (I'm only ...
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lp add file-path to pdf

Is there an easy way how to add a filepath (or a string) to a printed pdf using lp, convert, pdftk, python or friends? I want to print a bunch of pdf files with watermarks/headers which are parts of ...
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How to display bookmarks in the initial view when opening a PDF file?

I'm looking for a way to modify an existing pdf file so that the bookmarks panel opens automatically (on the right hand side) when I open the pdf file in acrobat reader or another reader. In https://...
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Avoid temp-file when adding a property to a PDF file in bash script

The following script makes use of a temporary file "data.txt" to which something is appended before reusing it. (Actually I simply add some metadata to a PDF) #!/bin/bash PDFTK="/app/bin/pdftk" #...
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Command line: How do you rotate a PDF file 90 degrees?

When I scan documents that are landscape-oriented, the output PDF files are portrait and so all the PDF viewers display the scanned documents in portrait. From the command line, how do you rotate a ...
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How to pdftk end minus 1?

I want to exctact pages from a pdf document such that all pages are extracted except the first one and the last one. Code but (end-1) does not work, nor 2-end-1 pdftk 1.pdf cat 2-(end-1) output ...
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How to turn a text pdf into picture pdf?

How to transform a pdf with text into a "picture pdf", that is, a pdf based on pictures in one single command? I can obviously run multiple commands to do it but I am sure there is a straightest way ...
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Escape whitespace in find for pdftk without xargs -J

I'd like to concatenate all PDFs in subdirectories, with filenames potentially containing whitespaces. I am well aware of this solution, find . -name *.pdf -print0 | xargs -0 -J FILE pdftk FILE cat ...
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Manual install of pdftk can't find libgcj library

I'm trying to get pdftk running on my shared hosting account (no root access). I followed the instructions here, mainly: $ mkdir -p [my_project]/vendor/pdftk/lib [my_project]vendor/pdftk/bin $ cd /...
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How to merge pages of a pdf from the command line [duplicate]

From a pdf of n pages, how to reduce by half the number of pages by merging several pages on a single page? Each pair of pages from the old pdf should be found side by side on the new pdf.
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pdfimages wont extract all images

I'm using pdfimages to extract images from a PDF File. I've counted at last 10 images. But the program will only extract 4. pdfimages -all file.pdf i Generates -rw-rw-r-- 1 victor victor 61389 ...
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Proper way to convert PDF to word from bash command-line

I need to convert 1K pdf files to doc on a debian server. I can convert a PDF to word using libreoffice commandline: libreoffice --headless --invisible --convert-to doc Sample-doc-file-100kb.pdf Or ...
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Concatenate PDFs but extend pdf's to be even number of pages

I want to concatenate a bunch of PDFs but for printing purposes I would prefer that empty pages are added to each document that have an odd number of pages. Can I do this with PDFTK?
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How to remove zoom information from a PDF bookmark

I have a PDF file with bookmarks (aka index and document outline), which seem to specify the zoom in which the document is displayed after the link is followed. I know this because when I view the ...
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Write PDF metadata from the file name using Exiftool or PDFtk

I have thousands of PDF files named in the format Author Year Title of the book The first two spaces are relevant: they make a break between the Author, the year and the title. The title could ...
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Printing two pages per sheet from the command line

Say I start off from a PDF document, say of 12 pages, viewed with evince. To produce another PDF of 6 sheets, with a page setup of two pages per side, I normally use the "Print to File" device ...
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cygwin and pdftk

I have Cygwin install 64-bit version and have installed apt-cyg; using this, I have installed openssh and vim just fine, but I am not able to install pdftk. Does it have some other name? Or is there ...
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Overlay text in PDF via command line

The following command produced the result of the following image using convert, where an overlay box containing the letter "A" was layered over the PDF: convert online_gauss.pdf -fill white -...
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Extract completed slides of a slide show PDF

PDF files of slide show presentations distributed by my lecturers often contain a huge number of pages, because each animation step results in an new page (sometimes 20 pages per slide). This is nice ...
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How do I encrypt (password protect) a PDF without encrypting the metadata?

It seems that the encryption provided by pdftk(1) is the level supported by Acrobat 5 (I added a password to a PDF file using pdftk then opened it in Acrobat Pro 9 and examined the security settings; "...
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How can I rasterize all of the text in a PDF?

You know when you have a pdf, which is a scan of a document and it's a really huge file, because it just stores the picture of the scanned document? And there are OCR tools which can help you to ...
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Recover pdf from extracted images

Here is the information of images in a single-page pdf file: $ pdfimages -list p1.pdf page num type width height color comp bpc enc interp object ID -------------------------------------------...
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All PDF applications mix the width and height of a PDF file

I have this PDF file created by scanning. When viewing it in any PDF viewer, the page's width is greater than the height. But it seems like all the PDF applications I have tried mistake the width as ...
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