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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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Rotate pdf pages: 90 degree for even pages and -90 degree for odd pages

I was wondering in a pdf file, how to rotate pdf pages: 90 degree for even pages and -90 degree for odd pages? By pdftk, all I know is to rotate a page by pdftk in.pdf cat 1W output out.pdf, and ...
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Add and edit bookmarks to a PDF file

By getting metadata from some pdf files with bookmarks by pdftk, I observe the format of bookmarks in pdf metadata. So I am guessing that with pdftk, it is possible to add and edit bookmarks of a pdf ...
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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 insert a blank page into a PDF with ghostscript or pdftk?

I have a PDF file that needs a blank page inserted into it every so often. The pattern is unpredictable, so I need a command that will allow me to fit one in wherever necessary. How can i do this?
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How to preserve bookmarks when rearranging pages of a PDF file with tools like pdftk?

I am using pdftk to rearrange pages of a pdf file with bookmarks/outlines, but after that, the output file lost the bookmarks of the original. My command is pdftk in.pdf cat 1-22 43 23-42 44-end ...
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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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How do I 'unbook' a pdf

I have a pdf file that was made into a booklet format. It is meant to print on A4 paper in landscape orientation; here are two pages in the pdf, which should correspond to four pages in the actual ...
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Easiest method to create pdf from template using command line (without pdflatex)?

For ten years I have been generating billings for me and my wife in this way: Create TeX template with LyX or by hand Using in this source placeholder text Then: cat template | sed s/placeholder1/...
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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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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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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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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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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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Avoid bloating file size when removing OCRed text from a pdf file?

I use pdfimages and convert recommended by Anthon to remove the OCRed text of a pdf file, and the size of the pdf file changes from 29MB to 373MB. My first step is split the pdf file into a pbm file ...
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Implementing a String -> PDF Stamp tool

I wrote a little shell function which creates a fixed-size PDF file (A4) from a character string using gs: make_stamp() { file=$1 string=$2 tmp=${file}-small.pdf gs -o "$tmp" -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -...
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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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Corrupted PDF: Opens fine, but pyPdf bails with AssertionError

I received a PDF in an email and I want to crop and rotate it because it has two pages per sheet. Trying the solutions in Split pages in pdf I had problems with "AssertionError" in pyPDF and "Warning: ...
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Splitting large PDF into small files

Using pdftk it is possible to extract page ranges from a pdf using pdftk a.pdf cat 124-end output b.pdf dont_ask I have a bunch of huge PDFs with about 500 pages and over 100 MB, is it possible to ...
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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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Rearrange pdf pages (swap odd pages and even pages)

I have a pdf and I am in need to replace even and odd pages. If I want to be more specific, I must replace (2n-1) page numbers with (2n) ones (1-->2, 2-->1, 3-->4, 4-->3, and the like). How should I ...
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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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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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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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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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Insert bookmark in .pdf file for print

I have searched many solutions on what is the best way to search a .pdf, and if a page named spec_out is located in the .pdf it will insert the first bookmark before other bookmarks as Spec Out. I'm ...
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pdftk: cannot view pdf file

I am trying to view/edit a pdf file in pdftk, and I get the following error: [lucas@lucas-ThinkPad-W520]~/Downloads$ pdftk file.pdf Done. Input errors, so no output created. What am I doing wrong? ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rescale a PDF file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change height and width of each page of a pdf Is it possible to rescale a PDF file (retaining perspective) to be within a maximum width / height? Rendering to an image ...
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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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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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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....