PDFtk – One App to Collate, Split, Rotate and Watermark PDFs

While looking for some portable apps to add to my USB drive I came across really cool utility for working with PDF files. The app is called PDFTK Builder. It’s a standalone program (so you can carry it around on your USB driver) that allows you to:

    – Merge multiple PDF files into one
    – Insert certain pages from one PDF into another
    – Rearrange, delete pages, rotate pages within the PDF
    – Split single PDF document into multiple files
    – Password protect PDF document
    – Disable Priting functionality and more

For the most part the program is fairly intuitive, simply select the input PDF docs, choose desired action and click on save button. Though some other features like rearranging pages within the document or merging a part of one document with the other require brief illustration.

So let’s quickly go over it.

    Collate, Reorder or Delete Pages in PDF Documents

    PDFTK - Collate and Merge PDF Files

    The collate tab is probably the most extensive one. The above screenshot shows how to merge two PDF documents. This basically takes the contents of doc2.pdf and appends it to doc1.pdf.

    There is also an option to merge only certain parts of each document. For instance, you can set it to take pages 4-5 from doc2 and append them to pages 2-7 in doc1. Simple.

    Merge PDFs

    If you want to reorder or duplicate pages within the same document you can easily do so by selecting the document several times and choosing different page range for each.

    Reorder and Duplicate PDF Pages

    If necessary you can even specify multiple page ranges for selected PDFs. Say you want to remove/delete certain pages from a single PDF document then all you need to do is list the page ranges you wish to retain for that document.

    Split PDF Documents

    Split PDF File

    The Split tab doesn’t really give any options to choose from. It takes the PDF file and breaks into several single page documents. Period. If you’re looking for more flexible PDF spliter I recommend checking out PDF Merge and Split Easily Split And Merge PDF Files With This Easy Tool Read More .

    Watermark or Add Background to PDF Docs

    Background / Stamp tab can be used to add a background or watermark (appears on top of the page) to a document. You can choose to apply it only to the first page or all pages in the document.

    Watermark or Stamp PDF files

    The only thing to keep in mind here is that both background and watremark image should be in PDF format.

    Rotate PDF Pages

    Rotate tab is another no-brainer. Choose the document, select rotation type and enter the range for pages that needs to be rotated.

    Rotate Pages in PDF

Finally, regardless of what you actions you’re performing you have an option to make the output file
password protected and disable document copying and printing.

Did you use the PDFTK Builder before? What do you think abou it? Lets us know in comments.

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  1. Angus Johnson
    November 9, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    If necessary you can even specify multiple page ranges for selected PDFs. Say you want to remove/delete certain pages from a single PDF document then all you need to do is list the page ranges you wish to retain for that document.

    Thanks for the review. Just to clarify some of your suggestions which unnecessarily complicate some collating procedures ... if you want to remove some pages from a document, you only need to list that document once and specify the page ranges separated by commas. For example, if you have a 10 page document and you want to remove pages 4 & 5, then specify that pages for that document as: 1-3,6-10.

    • Aibek
      November 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm


  2. Qwerty999
    September 28, 2008 at 11:19 am


    Thanks a lot Aibek for the news!

  3. Luis Bastos
    September 28, 2008 at 1:53 am

    The famous programmer dirk paehl have a similar tool:
    You can find more Dirk paehl here:

  4. USBman
    September 27, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    ...make sure not to forget the link to the portable version, available over at PortableApps.com.

    • Aibek
      September 28, 2008 at 8:30 am

      Thanks for heads up, though you can also download it from the source website itself. It comes as a portable app by default.

  5. Manny
    September 27, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    Awesome app, I am pretty sure I spent dozens of times on Google searching for tools for each of those functionalitites. THANK YOU