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PDFMergeNX Version 1.9.alpha.9

October 06, 2006 by Herwig Bauernfeind

This is the second publicly announced release of PDFMergeNX, the successor to PDFMerge/2.

PDFMergeNX is an application to manipulate PDF and PS files in various ways. Its capabilities go far beyond those of PDFMerge/2. PDFMergeNX provides a graphical user interface and acts as glue between GhostScript, XPDF 3.01.pl1 and ePDF (these all must be installed as a prerequisite).

PDFMergeNX is a tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents and PostScript files. Currently it can be used to

* Merge PDF/PS/TIF/FAX/image files
* Split PDF/PS files into single pages
* Print PDF/PS files
* View PDF/PS files (builtin Mini-PDF/PS-Viewer)
* Compare (text) content of 2 PDF/PS files (using Araxis PMDiff)
* Extract PS files from PDF files
* Flip pages upside down
* Add simple bookmarks
* Add and update PDF metadata such as title, subject, author, keywords
* Rearrange pages
* Load/save listfiles to add sets of PDF/PS files at once
* more features to be added.

What is new/changed/in this release?

Summary: If you had problems to get an earlier version of PDFMergeNX to work at all, you might want to try this one.

Added: Progress bar for "Add Many" dialogue
Added: Another attempt to make PDFMergeNX more intelligent regarding the setup of the XPDF components.
Added: Options to choose where to read .xpdfrc from (%HOME% or %PATH_TO_XPDF% or PDFMergeNX directory).
Changed: Rearranged properties dialogue in a more logical way.
Changed: PDFMergeNX adds a line of comment to .xpdfrc in case it has to
recreate it.
Changed: Rewrote font detection routine
Changed: As JPEG2PS did not work as I had expected I switched to NCONVERT.EXE.
Disadvantage: It is slower (2 conversions instead of 1).
Advantage: Virtually all kinds of image files are supported now (officially BMP GIF and PNG were added)
Fixed: Some omissions in the german NLS file.
Fixed: Opening the PDF info window of a PDF/PS files without fonts crashed PDFmergeNX
Fixed: Now XPDF executables are (almost) always called with the -cfg parameter pointing to our .xpdfrc
Fixed: Mark/Unmark now enables/disables the "Merge" button correctly
Fixed: The splitbar still could get into an invisible area making the container unusable.
Fixed: Creation of local PATH_TO_XPDF did not work

PDFMergeNX is still under heavy development, neither feature set, documentation nor installation process is complete yet and therefore feedback of all kinds is appreciated.

Get PDFMergeNX from http://members.aon.at/herwig.bauernfeind/os2.html

Regards,
Herwig Bauernfeind

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