Plan for the future

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Hi everybody,
first of all merry Christmas πŸ™‚
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.




  1. stv
    January 7th

    Why dont you use git and host the stuff on github?

  2. stv
    January 7th

    ah forget my above comment ;>

  3. Patrick
    January 13th

    I think you will do a great application for future. And I agree in this design comment. pdfsam ist such a great piece of software, but looks likes DOS πŸ™‚

  4. pek
    January 17th

    I’m waiting for silent install.

    Is there any way install v2.2.1 without popup window – select installer language?

  5. E.Pimentel
    January 27th

    I cannot open pdfsam.
    I click once on the file pdfsam-2.2.1 and then type: java -\L:\Printers\pdfsam\pdfsam-2.2.1.jar
    It doesnot works. If I click two times on the file I see pages with text.
    What can I do to let works the program?

    Please give me a link to the wright program.

    Thank you for the trouble,


  6. Some Guy
    January 31st

    PDFsam seems to work like it’s supposed to, which is a rare treat. I can’t believe the people at adobe didn’t think we might need to merge or cut a pdf.

    I appreciate what you do.

  7. marcomedia
    February 7th

    Great to see that the development still continues. Let me know if you need support with the layout work. As a satisfied PDFsam User for several years now, I would be happy to make a contribution to this project and help you with this task – even when its only the creation of some icons …

  8. Ander
    April 13th

    Great and appreciate work.

    it is only one feature that I’m waiting, page numbering. With this we will have the perfect tools to make big pdf documents combinating calc and writer documents.

  9. To Do
    April 17th

    I agree with the last post. Page numbering is a feature I would like to have.

    Another feature which I would like to see is file cropping.

    For these two features, I’m currently using two different applications but it would be nice to have them all in one application.

  10. Jasmin
    April 20th

    Hi as soon as I want to split or merge I get a message: table full, what do I need to do?

  11. Greg
    May 1st

    So I see comments about an MSI in the forum. I would love to see this rolled out as an continuous option. We use it at our company and pushing it out through Active Directory would be a huge help.

  12. Marco
    July 15th

    hope we get to see a new release somewhere around next christmas πŸ˜€

  13. Steve
    July 19th

    Is there going to be a new release some time soon?


  14. andrea.vacondio
    August 1st

    Actually yes.. but with none of the above features. A maintenance release where I fixed some bug (most notably, the one that causes pdfsam window to disappear) and added some minor improvement.

  15. Rafy
    August 27th

    the program can be run on a stick?

  16. opticyclic
    August 27th

    Is this the repo?

    Do you accept pull requests?

  17. andrea.vacondio
    August 28th

    Yes, I think there’s a stick version here

  18. andrea.vacondio
    August 28th

    That’s the new repo for version 3 (I’m rewriting pdfsam from scratch). Here you can find info about the current repo but I’ve to say it’s a bit messy…

  19. Ulf
    August 30th

    Hi Andrea! Do you know that the following person has cribbed (or let us be polite and say “copied”) your marvellous PDF Split and Merge program:

    Thorsten Hodes
    In der Roed 5
    D-36132 Eiterfeld

    His somewhat lousy copy runs under the name “7-PDF Split&Merge” and has some major bugs!

    I was really upset when I found out; and (last not least) he wants EUR 29.95 for the so-called “PRO” Version!

  20. andrea.vacondio
    August 30th

    It looks like a pdfsam when it was 0.7 .. anyway I don’t think it’s “copied”, the interface is definitely “inspired” by the pdfsam interface but I don’t think there’s any GPL infringement there. There are plenty of commercial alternatives out there and I think it’s good, it keeps the market healthy πŸ™‚

  21. Luca
    April 25th

    Dear Andrea,

    many thanks for your release: I normally use pdfsam for merging and splitting my PDF documents and I never faced any issue.
    I have installed ver. 2.2.1 for MS 7 then I will update it quickly. To sum it is really a good solution in order to manage this kind of format.

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