PDF Utility to combine many folders of pdf's into a single pdf file


  1. Posts : 228
    Win 10 Ver 1903
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    PDF Utility to combine many folders of pdf's into a single pdf file


    I am looking for a software that I found several years back but can no longer locate. It was like a PDf 'Multi-tool' and one of its features was the ability to combine multiple folders containing pdf's and create a kind of single-file Pdf "book".

    This was a multipurpose utility and the ability to combine pdf's in this manner was just one of several things it could do with pdf's. In the final output from it, the folders that contain the files show up as separator pages with the folder's name on it. This part is essential in order to maintain separation

    The end result was a single-file pdf "book" rather than folders with hundreds of pdf files stored in multiple subfolders.
    I hope this description is good enough for someone to point me to the right application.
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  2. Posts : 13,696
    Windows10
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    PDF Split and Merge (free for basic ops including this).
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  3. Posts : 3,952
    Windows 10 preview 64-bit Home
       #3

    I use PDFsam Basic.
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  4. Posts : 446
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    PDF Shaper Free.
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  5. Posts : 228
    Win 10 Ver 1903
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    Thanks to all. I did run across PDF Split and Merge (Thanks, Cereberus)
    I have not seen the others and will check each out.
    The one I am remembering (I Think) was Split and Merge but if so, i cannot get it to compile in the manner i was hoping.
    I also ran across a few others but they all seem to run into problems with the folder structuring for the files.
    I can't get anything that will 'interpret' the subfolder names as "Chapter Titles" which is essentially what they are.
    Every program so far fails at that exact point. If i extract all the pages of the book into a single folder, i have no problems getting all 88 of them to merge into a single file but there is no organization or separation of ideas. Windows directory structure can't be interpreted automatically by anything. So far anyway.
    Thanks for all the input


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    Addendum: PDF-SAM Basic came as close as anything to date. I can probably tweak the settings to get what i am after. The software properly distinguishes the subfolders and adds them to a working index list (which was something extra I wasn't expecting :) Nice! I am not sure if Fabler2's PDF-SAM is the same program as Cereberus's?
    If so, that is the one that worked anyway. PDFSAM 4.0.3
    Thanks much to everyone . My request has been filled and i appreciate it.
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  6. Posts : 13,960
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
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    Curious why you would want to do this? Unless the PDF files are related, having them merged into a single book-like master PDF seems unwieldy to me.
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  7. Posts : 228
    Win 10 Ver 1903
    Thread Starter
       #7

    True, ZTrucker and this was not My Idea. I am just trying to provide what was asked for
    this is how it is
    say you have a filing cabinet (or computer) that is full of files relating to specific people with all kinds of documents in it regarding those people. Then you want to make this into a single document or "booklet" where each person's history is compiled in "Book" format. This is essential what they want to do without the effort of having to create a "John Doe Files".pdf which they would manually have to load with each section on education, work history etc in organized by "Chapter" type format. They have to present these people as data files to committees and it is easier to do so when they can create a "book" that has all that person's stuff in it already organized as it currently exists in our database. And easier still as a single file type such as pdf.
    The problem is that in the database, it isn't all one place nor is it all in pdf format.
    but: if i COULD convert every file type to pdf and use a program to sort out the results based on filename, then "bind" all that into a single pdf.... That is what i was asked to do.
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  8. Posts : 13,960
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #8

    Sounds interesting. Much harder to in reality but good luck/
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  9. Posts : 13,696
    Windows10
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    questorfla said:
    Thanks to all. I did run across PDF Split and Merge (Thanks, Cereberus)
    I have not seen the others and will check each out.
    The one I am remembering (I Think) was Split and Merge but if so, i cannot get it to compile in the manner i was hoping.
    I also ran across a few others but they all seem to run into problems with the folder structuring for the files.
    I can't get anything that will 'interpret' the subfolder names as "Chapter Titles" which is essentially what they are.
    Every program so far fails at that exact point. If i extract all the pages of the book into a single folder, i have no problems getting all 88 of them to merge into a single file but there is no organization or separation of ideas. Windows directory structure can't be interpreted automatically by anything. So far anyway.
    Thanks for all the input


    - - - Updated - - -

    Addendum: PDF-SAM Basic came as close as anything to date. I can probably tweak the settings to get what i am after. The software properly distinguishes the subfolders and adds them to a working index list (which was something extra I wasn't expecting :) Nice! I am not sure if Fabler2's PDF-SAM is the same program as Cereberus's?
    If so, that is the one that worked anyway. PDFSAM 4.0.3
    Thanks much to everyone . My request has been filled and i appreciate it.
    PDF Split and Merge and PDFSAM are same thing. PDFSAM is just short cut way of saying it.
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  10. Posts : 1,652
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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