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PDF Split and Merge has two main-functions that can be found inside the user-interface on separate tab-controls. In detail we will find the PDF-Splitting functions on the tab-control "Split PDF Files...", and the PDF-Merging functions can be found on the tab-control "Merge PDF Files..."

Split pdf files with PDF Split and Merge

In the following, we would like to give you an overview of the tab-control "Split PDF Files..." and in particular introduce the functions of the program in PDF splitting:

Tab-control: Split PDF Files

Screenshot Split PDF Files by using Tab-control 1

The Tab-Control "Split PDF Files..." contains the program functions for PDF splitting

1. The table view (data table for splitting PDF files) shows which PDF files will be considered for splitting in the next processing step and in which order this will happen (from top to bottom). In addition, you receive further information about the added PDF files. You can see at a glance how many pages your PDF contains and whether the PDF is encrypted, i.e. protected with a PDF password against direct access to the content.

The data table also offers functional possibilities. By double-clicking in the cells of the Password column, you can enter the password of an encrypted PDF file. A double-click in the cells of the R-Rotation column allows you to set a degree value by which the pages of the PDF document are to be rotated clockwise during the splitting process.
With very high system resolutions, it can happen that the software starts with quite narrow column widths. In this case, simply drag the columns to the desired width by moving the notch between the column labels to the right while holding down the left mouse button until it suits you. Once you have set all the column widths, the software automatically saves your settings when you close the application. When you start the application again, the column widths of the data table are the same as they were before.

2. With the buttons "Add" (Drag & Drop is also supported from version 2.9.0), "Delete", arrow symbol "Up" and "Down" you can add one or more PDF files (from version 5) to the data table, delete them and sort them in order before starting a desired division run. You can also click on the table column "File name" to sort your PDF files alphabetically. With the button "Add" you can select a PDF to be divided and add it to the data table, with "Delete" you can also remove a previously selected PDF from the data table. The button "Delete all!" deletes all contents and settings of the data table "Split". This button therefore empties the entire data table in one fell swoop.

3. When adding a PDF file, PDF Split and Merge automatically checks whether it is a password-protected PDF file. If it is, the cell is coloured red! In order to be able to split password-protected PDF files, you must therefore know the password and communicate this password to PDF Split and Merge. In this case, simply double-click in the red table cell and then enter the PDF password in the "Password" column. Please note that PDF files can only be split successfully if the PDF password is correct! If you simply leave the password field of a certain password-protected PDF file (password cell marked in red) empty, this PDF will unfortunately be skipped or not taken into account when splitting (e.g. several PDF documents). If you enter an incorrect password, the splitting run (even with several PDF files) will not even be started by the program.

4. Since version 4.3, the column "R-Rotation" within the data table offers the possibility to double-click on a cell of a previously added PDF file and enter a degree value via drop-down selection. During the division run, the contained PDF pages are then automatically rotated clockwise by the selected degree value. More information about this useful function can be found on this page below....

5. The user interface of the PDF Split and Merge programme can be changed to another language at any time. Three languages are currently available (as of version 5.0) at program runtime (German/English/French/Italian/Spanish).

6. To divide PDF files, flexible division functions are available in the program. You can separate (divide) individual PDF pages from the input file depending on the function selection. For example, you can specify a PDF division after all even or odd page numbers, or you can also specify flexible page ranges for the desired PDF division. The program provides a total of 6 splitting functions for you. This should allow you to divide any PDF as desired.

7. When splitting PDF files, a large number of files can often be created. With PDF Split and Merge you can define in advance where on your system these individually split PDF files are to be saved. The software currently offers three options. Saving split PDF files in the source folder of the PDF file to be split, or in a fixed output folder or in a location manually specified by the user during the split run (via a save dialogue box).

8. File name prefix "7-PDF" prefixes split PDF files with a fixed prefix in the file name. If we assume that you split a file TL49.pdf with a total of 37 pages, PDF Split and Merge will create 37 PDF files when splitting the file into single pages, which will be saved according to the following pattern: 1_7-PDF_TL49.pdf, 2_7-PDF_TL49.pdf...37_7-PDF_TL49.pdf! The first digit stands for the page number followed by the chosen prefix (default "7-PDF") and the file name of the input file, all separated by an underscore.

Prefix variables: Instead of a fixed value such as "7-PDF", you can also have the file name of generated PDF files "formed" dynamically from the following prefix variables.

[CURRENTPAGE] = if this prefix variable is entered in the file name prefix text field, this section, i.e. [CURRENTPAGE] of the formed file name is formed by the current page number of the split PDF file.
[COUNTER] = if this prefix variable is entered in the file name prefix text field, this section of the formed file name is formed by a running number only (resulting from the number of divisions performed)
. [BASENAME] = if we take our example from above, i.e. TL49.pdf our input file, then the BASENAME here would be "TL49" with the file extension .pdf (this is automatically appended by PDF Split and Merge)

From the dynamic prefix variables in combination with a fixed value such as "7-PDF" (our default prefix), you can therefore dynamically influence the PDF file names generated by the programme through splitting.

9. The options listed here can be enabled or disabled and affect how the programme behaves. If you activate the option to overwrite PDF output files if they already exist, existing PDF files will always be overwritten by the division run if they already exist in the selected storage location. Caution is therefore advisable when selecting this option to avoid accidentally overwriting files. The options to switch off the message dialogue after successful splitting, as well as to open the output directory (Windows Explorer) are much less dangerous. Activating or deactivating them can generally benefit your workflow or protect you. You should therefore always think carefully about what you activate and what you do not activate.

10. With the button "Split PDF Files!" you start the PDF splitting process.

11. With the "Cancel" button you can prematurely cancel the current division run.

12. With the button "Upgrade" you can upgrade your freeware version to a pro version at any time. This makes the Pro functionalities available to you after you have registered a valid lifetime licence key issued by us (upgrades are free of charge for life). Further information and ordering options for the Pro version are available here....

13. This program area contains a total of three buttons. The "Close application" button ends PDF Split and Merge. If you have already added PDF files to the data tables, the program asks you once again whether you really want to end the application. The button "Save program-settings..." saves the settings made directly, while the button "Reset to default-settings..." loads the default settings and restores them after restarting the program.

So now we will close the section "Split PDF" at this point. We will now start with the nex main-function and section for "Merge PDF Files...".For this we do a switch to the "merge" - tab control.

Merge pdf files with PDF Split and Merge

Often, it is necessary to merge more than one pdf files together to compose a new pdf file from the ground. So the PDF Merging process is a very usefull and important function that was included inside 7-PDF Split & Merge.

Tab-control: Merge PDF Files

You will find it on the tab control "Merge PDF Files...". So we will start now a detailed view on it:

Screenshot Merge PDF Files by using Tab-control 2

The screenshot shows us the tab-control "Merge PDF Files..." and it's functions. So let us do also a detailed view, here...

1. The table view (data table for merging PDF files) shows which PDF files will be included in the next merging process and in which order this will happen (from top to bottom). You also get more information about the added PDF files. You can see at a glance how many pages your PDF contains and whether the PDF is encrypted, i.e. protected with a PDF password against direct access to the content.

2. With the buttons "Add" (Drag & Drop is also supported from version 2.9.0), "Delete", arrow symbol "Up" and "Down" you can add, delete and sort in order PDF files in the data table before starting a desired merge run. You can also click on the table column "File name" to sort your PDF files alphabetically. With the button "Add" you can select a PDF to be merged and add it to the data table, with "Delete" you can also remove a previously selected PDF from the data table. The slightly offset button "Delete all" deletes all contents and settings of the data table "Merge". This button therefore empties the entire data table in one fell swoop.

3. When adding a PDF file, PDF Split and Merge automatically checks whether it is a password-protected PDF file. If it is, the cell is coloured red! In order to be able to merge password-protected PDF files, you must therefore know the password and communicate this password to PDF Split and Merge. In this case, simply double-click in the red table cell and then enter the PDF password in the "Password" column. Please note that PDF files can only be successfully merged if the PDF password is correct! If you simply leave the password field of a certain password-protected PDF file (password cell marked in red) empty, this PDF will unfortunately be skipped or not taken into account during the merging process and skipped. If you enter an incorrect password, the merging run will not be started by the program at all.

4. Since version 4.3, the column "R-Rotation" within the data table offers the possibility to double-click on a cell of a previously added PDF file and enter a degree value via drop-down selection. During the merging run, the PDF pages contained are then automatically rotated clockwise by the selected degree value. More information about this useful function can be found on this page below....

5. The user interface of the PDF Split and Merge program can be changed to another language at any time. Three languages are currently available (from version 5.0) at programme runtime (German/English/French/Italian/Spanish).

6. With PDF Split and Merge, you can specify before a merging process where on your system the merged PDF file should be saved. The program currently offers two options for merging PDF files. Saving the merged PDF file in a predefined output directory (output path) or in a location manually specified by the user during the merging process (via a save dialogue box).

7. With the "Browse..." buttons in the "Output settings" area, you tell the program where and in which directory the output file should then be explicitly saved (fix output path).

8. The options listed here can be enabled or disabled and will affect how the program behaves. If you activate the option to overwrite PDF output files if they already exist, existing PDF files will always be overwritten by the merge run if they already exist in the selected storage location. Caution is therefore advisable when selecting this option to avoid accidentally overwriting files! The options to switch off the message dialogue after a successful merge, as well as to open the output directory (Windows Explorer) are much less dangerous. The result of automatically opening the PDF with a PDF viewer such as Acrobat Reader after merging is self-explanatory. Activating or deactivating individual options can generally benefit your workflow or protect it (overwrite protection). You should therefore always think carefully about what you activate and what you do not activate.

9. Use the button "Merge PDF Files!" to start the merging of previously selected PDF files. Please note that at least one PDF file must have been previously selected for merging. Generally, however, merging PDF files only makes sense if at least two PDF files are selected. With "R-Rotation", i.e. the rotation of PDF files, one PDF file would also make sense. In this case, one would not merge several PDF files, but only "rotate" this one PDF file and its pages to the desired extent (by the degree value).

10. With the button "Upgrade" you can upgrade your freeware version to a pro version at any time. This makes the Pro functionalities available to you after you have registered a valid lifetime licence key issued by us (upgrades are free of charge for life). Further information and ordering options for the Pro version are available here....

11. This program area contains a total of three buttons. The "Close application" button ends PDF Split and Merge. If you have already added PDF files to the data tables, the program asks you once again whether you really want to end the application. The button "Save program-settings..." saves the settings made directly, while the button "Reset to default-settings..." loads the default settings and restores them after restarting the program.

If you have further questions about the program, please contact our free eMail support directly. Otherwise, we hope you enjoy using our PDF Split and Merge Freeware!

Split PDF and merge PDF via drag & drop

Starting with version 2.9.0, you can simply drag & drop your PDF files into 7-PDF Split & Merge, split PDF files more easily and quickly, and put PDF documents together easily then ever!

Rotate PDF when splitting and merging

From version 4.3.0, PDF pages in PDF files can be rotated directly clockwise (via column R-Rotation with a "double click!"). Divide a complete PDF page by page into individual PDF files and rotate each page directly by, for example, 90°, 180°, 270° or 360°. Or you can only rotate individual pages in a targeted manner after dividing your pages into individual pages in the second step when joining. If you only use the rotation option when merging a single PDF file, all the pages contained in it can be rotated at once. So you see, the new functionality for rotating PDF pages in combination with the well-known functions PDF Split and Merge gives you the greatest possible flexibility in creating your desired PDF file. Try it!

Rotate PDF when splitting and merging

We have created a HowTo page that brings you closer to the possibilities of the "R-Rotation" function, i.e. the rotation of PDF files and pages. The possibilities for rotating PDF files are really diverse. More about that here on this HowTo page!

Registration of the license key in the application

Your personal pro license key can be activated as a pro version after you have acquired the license in the already installed program using the button "Insert license-key, ..." in the tab "Info". As an illustration, we have a graphic below that shows the button "Enter license key, ..." within the software:

Enter your license key here

Note: When the license key is entered, it is validated and activated over the Internet (via SSL). Therefore, make sure you have an active internet connection for the unique registration process of the application! In rare cases, locally installed third-party application firewalls may block the program's access to the Internet. When using such third-party firewalls, make sure to grant the necessary rights for access to the Internet for the one-time registration process of the application.

Unfortunately, the issue of software piracy is also harmful to us and we have to face this piracy. This is the only way for us to continue to provide you with maintenance or support services free of charge. The internet is only necessary once for the registration process! What is stored on your systems remains on your systems!

Automatic license distribution for 7-PDF Split & Merge PRO

In addition to the manual entry in the installed program, licensing can also be automated in the context of a deployment. For this you set a corresponding registry entry.

The following screenshot shows the path for entering the license key within the registry.

The following screenshot shows the path for entering the license key within the registry.

By setting the license key in the "Code" key, the software then launches as a Pro version.

For licensing as part of a deployment on many PCs at the same time, please contact us. This requires a special key that you can distribute directly, either via an INI file or better via a registry entry.

On Citrix and TS Systems it is usually sufficient to start the application with "Run as administrator" and to manually enter the license key you have acquired as admin in the application for licensing. The registry key shown in the figure above is set by the application itself in this scenario. However, this step must be carried out manually for each terminal server. If you have a large number of terminal servers, it is advisable to contact us as well. This scenario also requires a special key that you can distribute automatically.

Automatic deployment / software distribution

To distribute the software, the setup supports the installation parameters /SILENT and /VERYSILENT.

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