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A small utility making use of the pypdf library to provide a (somewhat) lighter alternative to pdftk

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Stapler

Stapler is a pure Python alternative to PDFtk, a tool for manipulating PDF documents from the command line.

History

PDFtk was written in Java and C++, and is natively compiled with gcj. Sadly, it has been discontinued a few years ago and bitrot is setting in (e.g., it does not compile easily on a number of platforms).

Philip Stark decided to look for an alternative and found pypdf, a PDF library written in pure Python. He couldn't find a tool which actually used the library, so he started writing his own.

This version of stapler is Fred Wenzel's fork of the project, with a completely refactored source code, tests, and added functionality.

Like pdftk, stapler is a command-line tool. If you would like to add a GUI, compile it into a binary for your favorite platform, or contribute anything else, feel free to fork and send me a pull request.

License

Stapler version 0.2 was written in 2009 by Philip Stark. Stapler version 0.3 was written in 2010 by Fred Wenzel.

For a list of contributors, check the CONTRIBUTORS file.

Stapler is distributed under a BSD license. A copy of the BSD Style License used can be found in the file LICENSE.

Usage

There are the following modes in Stapler:

select/delete (called with sel and del, respectively)

With select, you can cherry-pick pages from pdfs and concatenate them into a new pdf file.

Syntax:

stapler sel input1 page_or_range [page_or_range ...] [input2 p_o_r ...]

Examples:

# concatenate a and b into output.pdf
stapler sel a.pdf b.pdf output.pdf

# generate a pdf file called output.pdf with the following pages:
# 1, 4-8, 20-40 from a.pdf, 1-5 from b.pdf in this order
stapler sel a.pdf 1 4-8 20-40 b.pdf 1-5 output.pdf

# reverse some of the pages in a.pdf by specifying a negative range
stapler sel a.pdf 1-3 9-6 10 output.pdf

The delete command works almost exactly the same as select, but inverse. It uses the pages and ranges which you didn't specify.

split/burst:

Splits the specified pdf files into their single pages and writes each page into it's own pdf file with this naming scheme:

${origname}_${zero-padded page no}.pdf

Syntax:

stapler split input1 [input2 input3 ...]

Example for a file foobar.pdf with 20 pages:

$ stapler split foobar.pdf
$ ls
    foobar_01.pdf foobar_02.pdf ... foobar_19.pdf foobar_20.pdf

Multiple files can be specified, they will be processed as if you called single instances of stapler.

info:

Shows information on the metadata stored inside a PDF file.

Syntax:

stapler info foo.pdf

Example output: *** Metadata for foo.pdf

/ModDate:  D:20100313082451+01'00'
/CreationDate:  D:20100313082451+01'00'
/Producer:  GPL Ghostscript 8.70
/Title:  foo.pdf
/Creator:  PDFCreator Version 0.9.9
/Keywords:
/Author:  John Doe
/Subject:
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