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Date:      Thu, 23 Apr 2020 08:34:21 -0500
From:      Valeri Galtsev <>
Subject:   Re: PDF Documents Manipulation Software options
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On 4/23/20 2:26 AM, Ottavio Caruso via freebsd-questions wrote:
> On Wed, 22 Apr 2020 at 23:14, Jordan <> wrote:
>> I need PDF software that can add pages, remove pages, extract pages and redact.
>> 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 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.
> The hard reality is that the only GUI application that can do all the
> tasks above is Adobe Acrobat Pro, which is proprietary, closed source
> and not meant to run on *nix, unless you use Wine or a Windows VM.

If diving into MS Windows, I definitely would mention PDF creator - PDF 
Architect (, which do everything you need and are free for 
use. I started disliking Adobe a lot since they converted their practice 
to "software for rent", effectively abolishing perpetual licenses, and 
making your licensed software check in with Adobe servers (and not 
starting if didn't check in long enough).

I still appreciate what they did in the past, namely creation of postscript.

Just my 2 cents.


> The closest thing that I know of is Zathura, but cannot really compare
> to Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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