[opensource] Yet another opensource project idea ...

Raffi Khatchadourian khatchad at cse.ohio-state.edu
Thu Mar 16 16:26:40 EST 2006

A java based, cross platform GUI integrated frontend to the pdf toolkit 
(pdftk). Currently, GUIs exist for Windows and Linux but no other 
platforms. pdftk is a free software package to manipulate pdfs (merge, 
etc.) and is described as the following on the project website 

If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover, 
hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. pdftk is a 
command-line tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents. Keep one 
in the top drawer of your desktop and use it to:

Merge PDF Documents
Split PDF Pages into a New Document
Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
Encrypt Output as Desired
Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
Apply a Background Watermark
Report on PDF Metrics such as Metadata, Bookmarks, and Page Labels
Update PDF Metadata
Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
Unpack PDF Attachments
Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)

Pdftk allows you to manipulate PDF easily and freely. It does not 
require Acrobat, and it runs on Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, FreeBSD and 

Pdftk is free software (GPL).

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