I’m finally back on PDFsam, hopefully full time, and I hope I’ll be able to give you some early version of PDFsam v3 soon. First steps taken are the new GitHub repository for the source code (https://github.com/torakiki/pdfsam) and a new Twitter account (https://twitter.com/PDFsamOSS) where I’ll keep you updated on the development status.
I just published a free and super simple tool for Android devices to merge pdf documents. It doesn’t have may options, just the three steps select/sort/merge but it does the job on your smartphone or tablet. It’s powered by Sejda and PDFBox and it’s available on Google Play and on Amazon.
You can find more info here.
Any feedback is always welcome… as long as it’s a good one
as you know I’m working on v3.0.0 and I’m currently working on the user interface. I created a forum post where I attached some screen, I’d like to discuss the UI with you… after all it’s you who is going to split and merge documents with pdfsam and you are probably the best source of ideas and experience.
I finally found some time to release the new version of pdfsam. I want to apologise for the long delay but, as some of you may know, I worked hard on a couple of other projects (What A Cult and Sejda) in the past year and pdfsam was left a bit behind. Release 3 of pdfsam is not coming out any time soon so I decided to release version 2.2.2 with fixes to some of the most annoying bugs. Among the others:
- Windows msi installation package supporting silent installation
- New pdfsam-starter.exe and finally no more “javaw.exe not found” error message
- Confirmation sounds are now working on Java 7
- No more “invisible GUI” and crappy “delete gui-config.xml” workaround
- Upgraded thumbnails generation libraries and langpack
As usual the new version can be downloaded here.
Please report back if you find any issue.
first of all merry Christmas
I decided to write this post to keep you informed about the plan for the next release of pdfsam. After some thoughts I decided to rewrite pdfsam for the same reasons why me and Eduard developed Sejda completely rewriting the pdfsam-console. Here is a short list of the changes you can expect in the next release:
- I’ll move the source code from SVN to Mercurial, most probably on BitBucket where I already have some project and I’m very happy with it.
- I’ll mavenize the project to make it easier for developers to contribute and because I can’t stand those huge Ant scripts anymore.
- Unattended installation
- No more .pdfsam directory to store preferences
- Sejda as core manipulation library which means a couple of new plugins (TIFF conversion, text extraction..) and some minor improvement to the existing ones.
- I’ll most probably use some OSGi framework to improve modularity and it seems to perfectly replace the current plugin system. I’m still investigating this.
- Finally a completely new layout. Someone once told pdfsam looks like a Ferrari engine on a old Lada chassis.. well, I agree and I’ll try to make it simpler, more usable and good looking.
It’s going to take a while but I hope the final result will be a pleasant surprise for most of you.
I released versions 2.2.1 basic and enhanced, available in the download section. In these release you’ll find some library upgrade (JPodRenderer, the thumbnails generation library, among the others) and some bug fixes (most inportant one bug affecting the bookmarks handling during the merge and split). You can find the complete list in the changelogs here.
The ICEpdf thumbnail generation has been upgraded as well to the latest version.
MacOS dmg will be available soon.
it has been a while since I wrote my last post and I want to keep you informed on what I’m working on. Since release 2.2 I started to work on a new project that will be the core library for pdfsam 3. This new project is a java library based on the pdfsam-console but written from scratch. The reasons why I’m rewriting (..and decoupoling the shell interface from the core library) the pdfsam-console are many but the most interesting for you users, I think is that this new library will be, hopefully, the base for an online version of pdfsam. Of course I’m still supporting pdfsam on the forum and I’ll fix bugs opened in these months and nothing changes for pdfsam at the moment, I just wanted to let you know what’s going on.