Thursday, July 08, 2010

Bundling two separate pdf files in a single pdf file

As an academician, one of the most needed software is a software that can convert a Office document into a pdf format.

Fortunately, the Microsoft Office 2007 that I am currently using has such option by clicking "Safe as" and choosing pdf from the top-down menu option.

But the other equally needed program that I need is a software that can bind two separate pdf files into a single pdf.

This would be useful in cases where the pagination system used in the two separate files are different, e.g. one in Roman numerals, and the other in Arabic numerals. This happens in cases like preparing a dissertation, where the first few sections, viz, the Table of Contents, List of Figures, List of Tables, etc, etc are usually paged in Roman numerals, whereas the main text of the dissertation is paged in Arabic numerals. As such, you would need a software to bundle these two files together. Other cases include when you want to bind all the related journal articles you have downloaded into a single file.

You can do all these, if you are Adobe Acrobat Professional version (not the free reader). Unfortunately this professional version can be quite costly.

Another option that I have found is using A-PDF Merger software (see the screenshot above). A-PDF Merger is a simple, lightning-fast desktop utility program that lets you combine two or more image files or Acrobat PDF files into a single PDF document. Office files can also be merged if A-PDF Office to PDF also installed. A-PDF Merger provides special merge methods that allow you to combine documents and document parts in a number of different ways to make your work more effective. Best of all, it is cheaper, especially with current special pricing.

You can try downloading the trial version by clicking here. The trial version is actually fully functional except that it contains a watermark at the first page whereas for the full version, with a license code, the watermark is removed.

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