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psmerge -- merging Postscript, or PDF, files

`psutils' is a great Postscript utility package that I used (and compiled) when I was using my Amiga. I was hoping to concatenate (join together) several PDF files. I used `pdftops' to convert the files to Postscript. Incidentally, the output of pdftops is far better than pdf2ps, particularly if there are large graphics. Unfortunately, `psmerge' has been broken since 1995. `man psmerge' suggests using gs (ghostscript), but that produces a very large and rather craggy bitmap file.

Will Henney in comp.text.tex has a very Linux, but also slightly awkward solution (July 19, 2003). Use pdflatex...

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{pdfpages}

\begin{document}

\includepdfset{pages=-}

\includepdf{doc-a.pdf}

\includepdf{doc-b.pdf}

\includepdf{doc-c.pdf}

\includepdf{doc-d.pdf}

\end{document}

\includepdf has lots of options to do with hyperlinks etc., but the pdfLATEX file works as above.


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David Fong 2011-01-25