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 compared to the PDFsam Basic. It’s donationware, you can download the source code, compile and use it for free or, if you think it’s worth, you can make a donation of any amount you want to get 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 any amount (1€, 10€, 100€, as much as you wish) you’ll gain unlimited access to the compiled code (Zip bundle, Windows installer and Mac OSX dmg), plus the access to the support forums.

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Why should I donate?

By donating you provide support to an open source project. 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 1€ …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.
You are not paying for a software but you are supporting open source and free culture.

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How do I get PDFsam Enhanced?

To download the PDFsam Enhanced you need a forum account (register here). With a donation of at least 1€ here you’ll be able to download it here.

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Can I donate through SourceForge?

Sure, just remember to add your PDFsam Forum username in the donation comment otherwise I wont be able grant you access.

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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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