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PDF Splicing

I love working in an Open Source environment. Need a tool to extract several pages across a couple of documents and combine them into a new PDF? That turns out to be very easy with pdftk. Using Ubuntu Linux, installing that was as easy as typing:

sudo apt-get install pdftk

Then I created the composite document I needed using:

pdftk A=book1.pdf B=book2.pdf cat A3 A30 A32 A24 B15 output setlist.20130907.pdf

Obviously it took a little more experimentation but, now I have found the pattern, it will be easy to repeat in similar cases. On the downside, it did seem to take quite a while to run but that isn’t a major issue.

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