[opensource] Re: Yet another opensource project idea ...

Raffi Khatchadourian khatchad at cse.ohio-state.edu
Fri Mar 17 13:20:29 EST 2006


Jim Dinan wrote:
> There are a bunch of PDF command line tools and libraries out there. 
> Pdftk sounds really useful - in the past I've had good success with 
> pdfjam which has tools to rotate pages, join pdfs, and n-up pdfs.
> 
> There are also a TON of postscript tools (and pdf is a descendant of the 
> PS language) that are much better established than these PDF tools (PS 
> is in its 30s now I think) so every now and then it's easier to just 
> PDF->PS and process there.  This is the route I usually end up taking to 
> resize A4->Letter paper.
> 
> IMO, what's really lacking is a project that brings the functionality of 
> all of these tools together into a single coherent package - especially 
> one with a graphical interface.
> 
> One PDF tool that I personally could use is a cropping tool similar to 
> what you can do in Acrobat professional.  This is incredibly useful for 
> making Latex figures.
> 
Jim, that's a great point. In fact, there's a project that brings all 
this functionality together and its called Adobe Acrobat Professional 
which is a little over what I'm will to pay for! Hence, open source :)


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