PDFLab: PDF Merging On Steroids

LogoAs an avid study-guide making student, I’m constantly making PDF files out of the various documents that I encounter and create. While it’s great to be able to “Print” to PDF directly from within most apps, the manipulation of said PDFs has never been as simple — until now. Enter PDFLab from iConus. This excellent freeware app is chock full of tools that make PDF manipulation, and specifically merging, super easy on your computer, without the need for chunky, expensive applications like Acrobat.

From launch, it’s very obvious that PDFLab was created with one thing in mind: easy-to-use tools to make the most out of your PDF files. The main window is simple and plain, and the toolbar across the top is super straight-forward and clean. After you add a file, either by dragging it right onto the window, or using the Add File dialog, PDFLab analyzes the document and allows you to rotate, exclude pages, and other things of that sort.


The sidebar/drawer allows you to choose which pages you want to include in the final document, and other settings such as rotation and repetition.


The toolbar can easily be customized to your liking. You can reorganize the order, add/remove buttons, and control flexible space. It’s useful if you know that you need certain buttons but not others.


PDFLab is super-useful if you have multiple PDFs that you need to merge and work with. Even better, it’s free! PDFLab is available from iConus.ch and donations are accepted.


8 Responses to “PDFLab: PDF Merging On Steroids”

  1. Zoltan Blum on April 19th, 2008 8:59 am

    Downloaded PDFLab; crashes repeatedly when trying to open pdf… MBP 15, 2.4, OSX 10.5.2

  2. Jeff Scarsboro on April 19th, 2008 11:39 am

    Merging PDFs can be done fairly easy using the built in Automator.app in Mac OS X. (I use it all the time.)

    Open Automator.app
    Choose Custom from wizard.
    Drag all your PDFs into the workflow (gray space).
    Select PDFs from the Library.
    Select Combine PDF Pages.
    Click Run.

  3. Peter on April 19th, 2008 12:01 pm

    I realise that nowadays, I only use Preview for PDFs. Very easy to merge PDFs in there, and you can also add pages. Not as many options about which pages to merge though (in Preview, you use the page sidebar to select the pages you want to put with the other PDF and to reorder them).

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