I set apart pdftk from the rasher of other pdf-entitled tools for two reasons: One, because I already swept through Coherent PDF Tools a few months ago, and it seems fair to include another PDF suite; and two, because jojo and Antonio both suggested it.
It’s true, there is a metric ton of pdf-titled tools available, and a good four-fifths of them are true gifts to those living life at the console. (That last fifth … well, I’m sure they have their fans. 🙄 )
And yet, if you were to combine (almost) all of those into one suite, you would probably come up with something weakly resembling pdftk. And chances are you’d still have quite a few functions available in pdftk that hadn’t been tackled individually.
pdftk will handle the mundane tasks — like splitting, merging, rotating and “bursting” PDF files — but it can also flatten PDF forms into single files of form and data, encrypt at 40 or 128 bits with passwords, collate scanned pages in reverse order, preserve document IDs across input and output files, stamp pages a la watermarking, fill PDF forms from external files, and a lot — no, I mean a lot of other things.
Seeing something like pdftk in action makes me wish I had more use for PDF files on the whole. 😕
Best part is, it does this all in a clean and easy-to-understand fashion, without cryptic commands or unwieldy strings of flags. Bravo! 😀
Now … there’s no color. And there’s no real interface to speak of. I know those are minor shortcomings.
But I think jojo and Antonio were both right when they suggested pdftk; it’s obvious this is a tool done right.