Manipulate PDF documents with PDF Rider

runs on Windows
screenshot of PDF Rider

PDF files are handy to have around. Everybody can read them, since Adobe Reader and similar apps are available on just about every platform out there. Share your handiwork with others, whether it be a report, a proposal, or even your first novel. PDF files are pretty easy to create; Macs have the ability built in, and you can grab print-to-file tools that let other systems create them just as easily as printing a document.

Once you've got your PDF file, however, it's not so easy to change it. If you need to update information, move pages around, or even remove stuff from it, you've got your work cut out for you. It may be easiest to just re-create the document, although "easy" probably isn't the word that comes first to mind when you're looking at a 300 page volume.

PDF Rider can give you hand with this. This application is a well-behaved GUI built on top of the tried and true pdftk (PDF ToolKit) application, which is usually only available on the command line. While apps like that are powerful, it can be a challenge to get just the right combination of arguments on the command line to get the result you want. With PDF Rider, it's as easy as making a few choices from a menu and clicking a couple of buttons. Add or remove pages, re-arrange them, burst your multi-page PDF into smaller docs, as well as encrypting and decrypting your files.

You can download a copy of PDF Rider for free. It's a Windows application, and requires version 3.5 of the .NET Framework.

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