PDF, or Portable Document Format, is an open standard for document exchange. It is used for sending formatted documents and have the other party receive them exactly as intended by the sender. The author of a PDF document has the option to restrict the level of control a receiver has on the document. We have covered a lot of applications that allow you to bypass that control and edit PDF documents. Programs such as Free PDF Editor, a free portable app for Windows that lets you create and edit any PDF file instantly, and Quick PDF Tools, an all-in-one PDF utility that lets you perform numerous operations on PDF files, allow you to edit any PDF document. Today, we have two applications from PDFMate, called Free PDF Merger and Free PDF Converter, which allow you to easily merge two or more PDF documents into one, and convert a PDF document to multiple EPUB, Text, Image, HTML or SWF respectively. More on these applications after the break.
The main interface of both applications is designed to be very simple and user friendly. In Free PDF Merger, you have the option to select the Layout, Security and Output Path. The Layout settings include A5, A4 and A3 as the paper setting, while 1in1, 2in1 and 4in1 are the number of pages you want to merge in a single page of the new document. The Security settings allow you to set Open Password, as well as Permission Password with Editing, Copying and Printing permissions.
To add PDF files for merging, just drag them over to the main interface. The Change Page Range button at the top allows you to choose which pages from the old document should be included in the new one. When all settings are done, click Build button in the lower-right corner.
The Free PDF Converter works in the same way, and allows adding files via drag and drop. Click to select the required Output Format from EPUB, Text, Image, HTML and SWF available at the bottom of the interface. You can choose to save the target file in the same location as the source file or select a new location by clicking the Browse button. When all settings are done, click Convert.
Both Free PDF Merge and Free PDF Convert work on both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.