FAQ

What is PDFsam?

PDF Split and Merge is a free and open source desktop utility designed to perform pdf documents manipulation (pdf merge, pdf split, page rotation etc). It’s platform independent and can run on any major platform where Java Runtime Environment 6+ is available.

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What is the license?

PDF Split and Merge (Basic or Enhanced) is released under the GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2)

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Why two versions?

PDFsam Basic is the light version. It’s open source, free, provides the core functionalities (merge pdf, split pdf, mix pdf..) and it usually covers most of the needs.
PDFsam Enhanced is the Pro version. It’s open source and has additional features. It’s donationware, you can download the source code, compile and use it for free or you can make a donation of 7.99€ and download the installer for your operating system.

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Do I have to pay to get PDFsam Enhanced?

PDFsam Enhanced has no fixed price, the source code can be freely downloaded therefore you can compile it and use it. With a single donation of minimum amount of 7.99€ you’ll gain unlimited access to the compiled code and installers (Zip bundle, Windows installer and Mac OSX dmg).

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Why should I donate?

By donating you not just paying for a software but you are supporting open source. There’s no big company behind the project, just me and my spare time. I’ve been working on PDFsam for more than seven years now. I believe in open source and I believe PDFsam is a valuable and useful software. If you think my efforts and PDFsam are not worth 7.99€ …well… just download the source code, compile it and use it. If you believe in open source, in shared culture and you think PDFsam is useful, donate and you’ll have PDFsam Enhanced and all the related benefits. The donated money will be used to take care of the software and its users, to make it better and better and to add the features you request.

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Can I donate through SourceForge?

Sure, just remember the minimum amount to get PDFsam Enhanced is 7.99€ and it’s not automated, I will have to manually send you instructions to download PDFsam Enhanced and it might be a little slower.

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What are the requirements?

PDFsam is written using the Java programming language and requires a Java Runtime Environment 6 (or above) to run. Java Runtime Environment is available for all the major operating system, it’s free and can be downloaded from http://java.com/.

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What is the pdfsam-console?

The pdfsam-console is the old command line interface and can be found in the “bin” subdirectory of any installation of PDFsam 2.x.
The new sejda-console is already available, it provides more funcionalities and it’s the project we are focusing our energies. If you have to perform pdf manipulation from the command line, sejda-console is the software you are looking for.

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I get “Cannot find javaw.exe”

PDFsam couldn’t find a working Java Runtime Environment 6, please make sure you have one or try upgrading the one you have to the latest version.

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