Pdftkby lmemsm updated January 30, 2012
The PDF Toolkit

Software Details

If PDF is electronic paper, then pdftk is an electronic staple-remover, hole-punch, binder, secret-decoder-ring, and X-Ray-glasses. Pdftk is a simple tool for doing everyday things with PDF documents.

  • Merge PDF Documents
  • Split PDF Pages into a New Document
  • Rotate PDF Pages or Documents
  • Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
  • Encrypt Output as Desired
  • Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data or XFDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
  • Apply a Background Watermark or a Foreground Stamp
  • Report on PDF Metrics such as Metadata, Bookmarks and Page Labels
  • Update PDF Metadata
  • Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
  • Unpack PDF Attachments
  • Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
  • Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
  • Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)


Operating systems: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, BSD, Solaris
Dependencies: Java


Most Features Require Paid Subscription
Average: 3 (1 vote)

I teach a community college course on workforce preparation for students who are nearing graduation. I was attracted to this program because of all the editing features for PDFs. I thought it would be a great program to introduce students to so they can take PDF applications and type in their information, rather than handwriting their responses. I thought it would add a professional edge that may be impressive to employers and showcase their ability to use technology.

I downloaded the program with ease from the website. I did not pay careful attention to the details on the company website and selected their free version. When the download was finished and the program opened up, I was immediately disappointed. Most of the important features I was seeking was not available in the no-cost version. For an a minimum fee of $3.99, I could download the pro version which would give me access to the functions I needed. However, this cost immediately me me re-evaluate if students would find the value of the tool worth the investment.

The free version will allow you to merge multiple files into a single PDF. This is a helpful feature and I liked how you could upload the document and specify which pages of the document you want to merge. From what I could see in the free version, the program seemed very promising.

I rated this program 3 out of 5 stars based on what I could access in the free version. I think Schoolforge needs to update their description of the product to clearly label what is available in the free vs. paid version. With shrinking budgets and the continued pressure to do more with less, it is important for educators and students to know what can be achieved at no cost versus even minimal costs.