Posts by category: Miscellaneous

And now we are social!

Hi,
some time ago I wrote a post about PDFsam being on Twitter and the repository for version 3 on GitHub. Following the same path and trying to be more social and less grumpy, we added the Facebook page and the Google plus one.
Follow us and stay updated!

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Soda PDF partnership

Hi everybody,
I’m happy to inform you that PDFsam is now a Soda PDF premium partner. Soda PDF is a professional and very powerful PDF solution to create, convert, edit, secure and share PDF documents. As a PDFsam user you can benefit from a very exclusive partner offer and you can have Soda PDF at 50% of its original price (MSRP). Download the trial version here.

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Wiki reminder

Hi everybody,
I want to remind you about the pdfsam HowTo wiki page here. If you have to merge pdf documents or split them and you don’t seem to figure out all the available options, take a look at the Wiki to have a brief description of them.

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Finally Sejda has been released!

Hi All,
great news! After more then one year of development today we released Sejda!
You are probably asking “What the heck is Sejda?”. It’s a PDF manipulation layer written in Java. “uh?”. Ok, as many of you know I’ve been working on PDFsam for 6 years now and I realized at some point that the pdfsam-console (the component providing pdf manipulation capabilities to PDFsam) has some… mm… limitations.
Quoting Sejda FAQ:

I realized at some point that some of the design choices I made were unfortunate and the code base wasn’t inline with 2010 software development standards. PDFsam itself was/is working pretty well but maintenance was/is a bit of a hell so I made the choice, I started to rewrite the pdf manipulation logic with 5 years of experience on my shoulders and trying to keep a close eye on quality and best practices.

What are the advantages compare to the pdfsam-console?
Quoting again:

it has more features, it has a bigger team working on it (we are 2 now), it’s built trying to follow best practices from Joshua Bloch in Effective Java and Robert C. Martin in Clean Code, it’s easier to maintain and extend and it’s not tied to a single pdf manipulation library but it tries to take advantage of strength points of all of them

It’s not going to affect PDFsam in the short period but I’ll start to work on a new release using Sejda as manipulation library.

Now you may ask “why should I care NOW then?”. We developed and released a Command Line Interface together with Sejda called sejda-console. It provides a set of commands to manipulate PDF documents using all the features provided by Sejda and for all the ones of you using the pdfsam-console and brave enough to switch to the sejda-console, it may be a good opportunity to try it and give us back some feedback. To make it more interesting I have to say that the sejda-console provides some more functionalities compared to the pdfsam-console:

  • crop
  • pdf to tiff conversion (single or multiple output)
  • pdf to jpg conversion
  • text extraction
  • split by bookmark level where the bookmark matches a given regexp

We really hope to have feedbacks, opinions and suggestions from you, as you always did with PDFsam. You can find a lot of information, download link, javadocs etc at the Sejda webpage.
Enjoy!

oh, of course Sejda is free and open source.

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Translation upcoming release

Hi everybody,
next Sunday I’ll release the new PDFsam version, the new translation template has been uploaded so, as usual, if you want to have PDFsam fully translated in your language you can find all the available languages here.

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Software Requirements Specification

Hi everybody,
I just published in the resources the Software Requirements Specification document for PDFsam basic 2.1.0 provided by Ploutarchos Spyridonos.

Andrea

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Website hacked

Hi everybody,
Friday evening I found that around 6 PM all the web applications of the pdfsam web space had been hacked. Some malicious code was injected into index pages and few others. I restored backup copies and updated to the last version of WordPress, MediaWiki and phpBB so, hopefully, everything should be clean now, I however strongly recommend the users to change their forum password.

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1.000.000 downloads

Hi everybody,
I just want to inform you that PDFsam has celebrated its millionth download!

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Back on PDFsam

Hi everybody,
I finally found an apartment in Amsterdam (now I’ve to find a job) and I can work again on PDFsam. A new version will be probably released soon.
Andrea

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