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Date:      Thu, 23 Apr 2020 00:25:30 +0200
From:      Polytropon <>
To:        Jordan <>
Subject:   Re: PDF Documents Manipulation Software options
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On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 15:14:59 -0700, Jordan wrote:
> I need PDF software that can add pages, remove pages, extract pages
> and redact. 

With "redact", you're refering to PDF annotations?

> All of the PDF ports I have found are simply viewers and don't allow
> manipulations of the PDF in a single packaged GUI application. I work
> with hundreds of PDFs each day so I cannot work within a CLI to
> manipulate the pages.

I'd say the exact opposite is the case: If you're going to deal with
a lot of files, using CLI tools to automate those tasks usually is
the more convenient way - instead of doing everything manually in
linear time. :-) But this of course depends on many parameters, such
as if the kind of manipulation always is "one of a kind" or can be
somehow standardized...

> I do a lot of extracting of pages into a new PDF by dragging and
> dropping pages from PDF software to a GUI file manager such as
> Thunar.

This can easily be done with the GUI file manager of your choice
plus pdftk. Page preview support is present already in tools like

> Any suggestions that you use or have heard that works with FreeBSD?

Tools like LibreOffice (and surely also OpenOffice) can directly
open and manipulate PDF files. Gimp also has support for this
format. For CLI operations, pdftk and ImageMagick are versatile
tools that can be combined with GUI tools as well as used for
batch operations.

Is this a starting point for you?

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