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If you happen to be looking for a simple yet fast and efficient PDF utility that allows you to slice PDF documents into pages or page ranges, as well as to join PDF pages and documents into a single one, Simpo PDF Merge & Split is a nice option to consider. Its two-tab neat interface will let you design your own merge and split processes in a flexible yet uncomplicated way.
The main interface is divided into two tabs, one to merge PDF files and one to split them. You can add as many files as needed to the merge list, and then apply specific settings to each file and to the merge process itself. You can define different page ranges for each file on the list, from a single page to the entire document. The order of the files in the list will determine the order in which pages, page ranges, or full documents will be glued together to build the resulting PDF file, and that is why you will find Up and Down buttons to help you put the various documents in the right order.
Splitting files into pages or page ranges is equally simple and straightforward, though in this case PDF files are processed on a one by one basis. You can split documents by every X number of pages, extract a page and/or a range of pages to a new file or remove specific pages from the original file and keep the rest. The possibilities are manifold.
Both split and merged files can be password protected and/or encrypted at various levels. Likewise, you can define printing, changing, copying, and extracting permissions for every new file and tag them with some useful metadata.
Its limited functionality makes it hard to justify the program’s price tag – merging and splitting PDF files are usually just one of the many features of most PDF editors – but if cutting and joining PDF pages and documents is all you need to do, this is surely a more straightforward and easy-to-use tool than most full-featured editors available on the market.
- Simple and straightforward functionality
- Fully configurable split and merge options
- Allows you to add metadata, passwords, and encryption options to the final PDFs
- Limited PDF functionality