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PDFsam Reviews

Open Source

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Good to know: the Basic version (split, merge, extract pages, mix and rotate) is open source and completely free to use without limitations. The Enhanced and Visual version are premium.

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A +1 to Robert's comments. The Freemium (i.e. 'Basic') version is light on nagging and does the above easily & well.


Only 2 free portable apps PDFTK & PDFsam can split big files

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PDFTK Builder [1] and PDFsam [3] are the only free portable apps able to split or merge more than 140 pages.
If you need a free portable app able to split or merge 147 pages, you can use PDFTK Builder [1], which is available only in english, however. PDFsam is also portable and availaible in many languages (german also). 7-PDF Split & Merge [2] (german + english) can split only max. 50 pages and merge max. 5 files for free. If you want to to split or merge more than 50 pages you must pay 10 EUR for "7-PDF Split & Merge PRO".

[1] Small PDFTK Builder iconPDFTK Builder

[2] Small 7-PDF Split & Merge icon7-PDF Split & Merge

[3] Small PDFsam iconPDFsam

[Edited by em4020, April 30]

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I have split 600+ page electronic textbooks with PDFSam with no trouble.

Until now PDFSam had no tag "portable" and I did not know, hat there is a portable version until now!

Today I have added the tag "portable" to PDFsam. Thank You dthatcher7 for Your interesting information!


An awesome product

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In a field absolutely littered with trialware, nagware, and overpriced solutions, the free PDF Split and Merge is a breath of fresh air and does the job well. I have used it consistently for 2+ years to split, merge, and reorder PDFs.
My only complaint is that it requires Java to be installed on your machine. Java may be problematic on some people's computers. I have never had a problem on the 4 computers I use it on, though.

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Horrible. Avoid this software.
Complaint #1: Does not provide the functionality promised. I purchased the "enhanced" or premium product and it did not ever provide me with the functionality promised. No ability to edit PDFs as promised.
Complaint #2: The subscription to a premium version fails. Although installed on my computer, it keeps reverting to the "free" version.
Complaint #3: It is very hard to impossible to stop PDF Sam from automatically charging your credit card in the future for renewals. You may have to actually cancel your credit card.
Complaint #4: There is no way to reach customer service by phone.
Complaint #5: My final complaint is a lawyer-specific complaint but may apply in other professions where you need to upload documents to a government agency. I am a lawyer and frequently need to electronically file documents with courts. Documents that are merged or saved using PDFSam are **rejected **by Court websites. Although they are saved as a PDF, there is something different about these files that causes them to be rejected.
Use Adobe Acrobat instead.

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I would strongly recommend against PDF Sam.

After purchasing the PREMIUM product - the activation appears 'disappear' and I have to reactivate the product.
It is strange that the product activation seems to have stopped. I suspect that this may be attributed to the fact that I have FoxitPDF as my default for PDF viewing and PDFSam for creation of forms.

Irrespective - EACH and EVERY time I have had a need to adjust a form and open PDFSam I'm informed I have to activate the product. I was sold on the fact that this is an open source product however it has been nothing but short of a waste of money. I do not wish to see others go through the same frustration as myself. At this point I'm evauating my options howebver I'm leaning towards PhantomPDF (I have not fully tested this product though....).

Anyway this is my 2 cents hopefully I'm not alone in this sitation.

[Edited by interprobuilding, March 02]

[Edited by interprobuilding, March 02]

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Simple and free. Has all the required features.

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Quick review.
Purchased PDFsam Enhanced 5 a while ago.
Couple of problems, that are inacceptable:

  1. Software was quickly out of date and asking for upgrade (could be bad timing of purchase, but the upgrade part is just annoying if I am fine with the features of 5)
  2. Ads! I, as a buyer, get a very annoying ad-banner almost every time I load Windows - I contacted support about this now, cannot find ways of stopping it
  3. License: License seems not to be working any longer. Need to contact support why I cannot use my Serial any more
  4. The installer: Version Enhanced 5 Installer virtually disappeared from the net. I had to inquiry with support to get it back
  5. Support seems Ok so far, they helped me once

Rating: Between 2-3 stars for me. I have not explored ALL features and details. The not working license (after some 2-3 years) and the disappeared installer is no-go for me.

[Edited by L9828346621, November 20]

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This is great free app for Windows. The free basic version is more than adequate for most uses. On Linux Mint 18.2 it's less wonderful. It's fairly difficult to install (either the deb version or the Java version) and then when you finally get it installed, it attempts to start but can't. The version built in to Software Manager is quite old - 1.14, and this works find but it is a blast from the past in terms of currency.

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Great Program, except

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While it offers many features; with most of them paid at a premium price, I do not feel that it is worth a download over Adobe Reader. IT is a drain on the system memory and is awkward to navigate files from within the program.

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One of the older versions is the best. They took away a function which made it less functional.

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Simple program that just works as advertised.

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