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Topic: PDF Merging based on criteria
Conf: (P-PDF) Mac Issues, Msg: 160406
From: komalley
Date: 5/26/2007 10:52 AM

I need a program that will append PDFs onto a master PDF document based upon certain criteria. For instance, if the main datasheet uses 3 different package types, then I would need to append those 3 package PDFs, add an FAQ document PDF, and a product reliability/testing PDF as well, all of these documents merged into one SuperDatasheet PDF. I would need to be able to do this with several hundred datasheet PDF documents in such a way that if, say, one of the Package PDF docs gets changed, then I can automatically update and distribute that change to all of the datasheets that use that PDF document within hours rather than weeks.

Javascripting sounds like it would do the trick, but Iím not a developer. Also we found a piece of software called ďActive PDF ToolkitĒ but our IT Department has given this project so little priority that more than 6 months later, they still have not yet evaluated it (itís basically a COM programming environment for PDFs).

Traction Software has PDF U which has a Batch Process capability and can store a batch file. But the file is not manipulable without programming; we would need to be able to have some smarts and monitoring and conditions on which files get appended.
PDF U Append Dekstop Edition 1.08 Traction Software Batch Processing Version

Has anyone used PDFTK?
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 ... -

Basically I need some software we can download and get the job done without relying upon our IT department to learn the scripting language. It canít be too basic like some of the free PDF tools we can download (none of those work as far as I can tell), but it can also not be too complicated that Iíd need to spend 6 months I donít have to learn a scripting language or have our lame IT department drag their heels on the project.

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