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 wasen’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?
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 pdfsam 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:
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.
oh, of course Sejda is free and open source.
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.
I just want to remind you that you can use the Wiki as a valuable source of information about pdfsam, especially the HowTo section where a lot of simple tutorials can be found. If there’s something you want to add or share, simply login to the Wiki using same user and password for the pdfsam forum and just add what you want to add.
as some of you may already know by the forum, a couple of days ago McAfee antivirus reported an infection in the pdfsam-starter.exe. I’m sure it’s a false positive and I already reported it to McAfee attaching the sources of the pdfsam-starter hoping that they will fix this issue as soon as possible. In the meantime I released a patch containing a new pdfsam-starter.exe which fixes an issue on Windows 7 64bits (bug #3050730) and that McAfee likes more than the previous one. The patch can be found here, I also included the sources so anybody can check them or even compile the starter. I really hope to have a fast feedback from McAfee and I was also thinking about dropping the pdfsam-starter executable (that is the only Windows executable included in the package) in next releases, leaving there only the .bat script to avoid any further trouble with the wonderful world of Windows/Virus/AntiVirus.
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.
I just released the new versions of pdfsam basic and enhanced. These releases are mainly focused on bug fixes and feature requests. Now the ImageViewer for the single pages preview has zoom in, zoom out and rotate capabilities, the alternate mix has a new option that lets you define the step for both the input documents, the split function has been modified to better handle input files with a big bookmarks tree and should be much faster now splitting these types of files. The user interface has been modified with accelerator keys, warning messages if the destination field is empty and the file chooser now remembers the previous path.