PDFsam Basic 4.2.2 released

we released PDFsam Basic version 4.2.2. In this version, beside the usual PDF engine, translations nad bundled JDK updates, we implemented a couple of changes requested by our users:

  1. Application wide shortcut to execute the current task: Just press CTRL + X and the task will run.
  2. The numerical sorting policy of the selection table has been improved to consider trailing digits, this means that file 10.pdf will appear after file 2.pdf
  3. Default file name sorting is now locale sensitive and should yield better results (Ex. the _ character coming before other alphanumeric characters)
  4. Moving rows manually clears the currently selected sorting policy
  5. You can now click on the column header to set a sorting policy and then add the files, the files will be added sorted
  6. Linux portable bundle is now a tar.gz and retains files permissions

As usual you can get it from the download page.

PDFsam Basic 4.1.4 released

We just released the version 4.1.4 of PDFsam Basic. In this release we upgraded the bundled JDK to the latest Adopt OpenJDK 11.0.8, we have updated Sejda to its latest version with few bug fixes. We also updated the translations and fixed few bugs.
You can get it from the download page.

New PDFsam Basic 4.0.5

We just released the new 4.0.5 of PDFsam Basic, you can download it from the download page.
We updated the bundled jdk to the latest version 11.0.5, updated translations and fixed an issue some users where getting when launching PDFsam on Windows:

Exception in thread “WindowsNativeRunloopThread” java.lang.NoSuchMethodError:
at com.sun.glass.ui.win.WinApplication.staticScreen_getScreens(Native Method)
at com.sun.glass.ui.Screen.initScreens(Screen.java:412)
at com.sun.glass.ui.Application.lambda$run$1(Application.java:152)

For those interested in this issue there is some discussion on Stackoverflow, the openjfx-dev mainling list and the bug report we opened.

Save and load the list of PDF files from a CSV or TXT list

Saving and loading the list of PDF files to and from a CSV file was a feature that users kept requesting from time to time. The idea is to speed up some recurring job, in case you always have to deal with the same or similar set of files, but also being able to quickly load a list of PDF files exported by some other software.
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PDFsam Basic 4.0.3 is out!

We just released the new version 4.0.3 of PDFsam Basic. You can now load a list of PDF files from a csv/text file, we added a [TOTAL_FILESNUMBER] placeholder, a Clear button to the Split modules to clear settings, we upgraded the PDF engine, translations and bundled OpenJDK and we added a setting to disable default PDF compression.
You can get it from the download page.

White screen running PDFsam Basic on Windows

Since the release of PDFsam Basic 4 we had some support requests regarding the application being unusable and starting with a white screen on Windows.

After some investigation we found some tickets on the openjdk bug tracker here, here and few others, we tested the proposed workaround and it seems to have fixed the issue for those users experiencing the white screen.

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PDFsam Basic 4.0.0

A Few days ago we published the new major version 4.0.0 of PDFsam Basic. Beside the usual upgrades to the PDF engine and translations, few bug fixes and minor improvements, the main objective was to create a standalone self-contained application.


Some of you have written concerned about the new Java policy in which Oracle will not provide free updates to commercial entities as of January 2019. We decide to implement a batteries included solution, switching to OpenJDK 11 and creating a jlinked version of the Java runtime that is now included in PDFsam Basic 4.0.0.

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What are pdfsam-starter.exe and pdfsam.exe ?

They are Windows launchers for PDFsam Basic, our free and open source application to split and merge PDF files.
PDFsam Basic is written in Java and requires a Java Runtime Environment to run (pretty much like a C# application requires .NET framework installed, a Python application requires a Python interpreter etc etc). Read more…