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If you don’t have the appropriate tools, managing and manipulating PDFs might be a daunting job and a time-consuming task. PDF Convert – Merge – Resize, a browser plugin, claims to tackle these issues for you. We’ve looked at its advantageous aspects, as well as its drawbacks in this assessment. Please keep reading!
It’s a lightweight add-on that allows you to manage PDF files right in the browser. Its main benefit is that the user does not need to open the PDF file in another program or have an internet connection. You may convert, resize, and alter a PDF file from your browser fast, simply.
This plugin also allows users to combine several PDF documents into a single document. Files can be uploaded in a variety of ways; you may either activate the – Choose files – option by opening the extension or drag and drop the files. Click on the desired command (action to be taken) and press the – Save & Run – button when the files have been picked. If you select the incorrect command or file, you may cancel the process execution by clicking on the Stop Process button.
You don’t have to worry about this plugin slowing down your browser. It’s also light, so it won’t make your computer sluggish or slow. PDF Convert – Merge – Resize has another wonderful feature in that it works with all modern browsers. As a result, there are no restrictions on the types of browsers you may use it on. Furthermore, it may be used on any operating system or platform since it is lightweight. The best feature of PDF Convert – Merge – Resize is that it does not require an active internet connection to run. Even if you don’t have access to the internet, you can utilize its functionality and convert, scale, or merge your PDF documents.
The Ghostscript Open Source Software is used in this extension. This app needs to be installed on your computer in order for it to function. It also necessitates the installation of a native-client patch. Without these two prerequisites, this add-on would not function. Please review the following FAQs to learn more about how to install and apply the software and patch. This program does not allow multiple activities/processes to operate at once.
A single file may be processed at a time. PDF Convert – Merge – Resize is a helpful add-on that includes all of the tools you’ll need to work with PDF files right in your browser, as well as without the need for going online or utilizing many applications.
Features PDF Convert – Merge – Resize extension:
- You can convert, resize, merge, and so on PDF files from your browser with Ghostscript commands.
- There is a standalone UI window with no background activities.
- If you have the native-client patch and Ghostscript client installed, you will not require an internet connection to use it.
- It is available for all browsers and platforms.
F.A.Q – Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is PDF Convert – Merge – Resize?
PDF Convert – Merge – Resize is a simple and lightweight extension that lets you to simply modify (convert, resize, merge, etc.) PDF files right in your browser with minimal fuss. Ghostscript is an open-source program used by this software. Ghostscript is a portable document format (PDF) and postscript (PS) engine. To learn more about Ghostscript, please refer to the Wikiedia page. This add-on uses native messaging to connect with the Ghostscript software on your computer.
To use this add-on, you’ll need to install Ghostscript on your computer first. In order to construct the connection between Ghostscript and your browser, you’ll also require the native client patch. Please consult the following FAQs for additional information regarding this add-on.
2. How can I operate with this addon?
Please select the toolbar button to use this extension. The app’s UI will be opened in a tiny, standalone window. There are seven components within the application, starting with section 1, which allows you to pick the input file or files. Please note that only PDF or Postscript documents can be used as input files. Within the app, there are six sections in ascending order from top to bottom. You may drag and drop documents into the area marked out for this purpose inside of it.
The section begins with a list of all the input files (Listing 2). Please keep in mind that this part only refers to valid files (.pdf and .ps). The Ghostscript path on your computer is described in Section 3. The default Ghostscript path on Windows 10, 64bit machines is: “C:/Program Files/gs/gs9.26/bin/gswin64c.exe”.
If you’re running on a different operating system, make sure to fill out the appropriate space. In section 4, you may enter your desired instructions. There are some sample commands accessible via the UI. There is also a history list that displays a list of previously used commands. If you’re unfamiliar with Ghostscript commands, please consult this page for more information. In section 5, provide the path where the results will be stored. By default, “C:\Users\Public” is designated as the target folder for saving results. Console logs are recorded in section 6 .
In this section, all logs from the app are collected. The – Save & Run – button appears in the last area. When you click on this button, the commands and input files are sent to Ghostscript, where they are used to generate the final product. If an error occurs while executing a command or input file, you will see it displayed in the console window.
3. What do I need to do before using the addon?
Please adjust the path for the Ghostscript client when you first install the plugin (command-line client). The path for Ghostscript varies depending on your operating system. In Windows 10, for example, the path is “C:\Program Files\gs9.26\bin\gswin64c.exe.” If you choose a different folder to install it in, please make sure to change the route accordingly. Once you’ve confirmed the correct address, apply the native-client patch.
The following patch is used to communicate between the native-client addon and Ghostscript (native app). Please read on for more information about applying the native-client update on your PC.
4. What is native-client?
The Edge browser uses the Native Client patch to connect your browser (Firefox, Chrome, and Opera) with native applications on your computer (Windows, Linux, and Mac). This native client patch may be used to link add-ons in your browser with external applications on your machine swiftly.
5. How can I install the native-client patch?
To use the add-on, you must first connect it with native applications on your PC (for example, Ghostscript). A different patch is available on GitHub in order for you to make this connection. Please get and install the package from here. Follow the instructions on GitHub to download and install the relevant patch to your computer. The “PDF Convert – Merge – Resize” add-on for your browser can now communicate with Ghostscript on your machine (Windows, Linux or Mac). To obtain Ghostscript software, go to this page and select the appropriate package for your operating system.
6. Can I use a different software other than Ghostscript to manipulate PDF files?
This add-on only works with Ghostscript. However, in general, there are a variety of open-source and commercial programs that may be used to edit PDF/PS files.
7. How can I add commnads for Ghostscript?
If you’re new to the Ghostscript lingo, go here for a quick rundown on how to use it. Here are some sample commands:
a) Convert postscript (PS) to PDF: -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite b) Merge PS and/or PDF: -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite c) Extract page(s) from a PS or a PDF: -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dFirstPage=1 -dLastPage=1 d) Embed fonts in a PDF: -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dEmbedAllFonts=true -dSubsetFonts=true -dCompatibilityLevel=1.6 e) PDF resize options -dPDFSETTINGS=/screen (screen-view-only quality, 72 dpi images) -dPDFSETTINGS=/ebook (low quality, 150 dpi images) -dPDFSETTINGS=/printer (high quality, 300 dpi images) -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress (high quality, color preserving, 300 dpi imgs) -dPDFSETTINGS=/default (almost identical to /screen) f) Paper size options -sPAPERSIZE=letter -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -dDEVICEWIDTHPOINTS=w -dDEVICEHEIGHTPOINTS=h (point=1/72 of an inch) -dFIXEDMEDIA (force paper size over the PostScript defined size) -gWIDTHxHEIGHT (page size in pixels) g) Output devices: -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sDEVICE=ps2write -sDEVICE=png16m (24-bit RGB color) -sDEVICE=pnggray (grayscale) -sDEVICE=pngmono (black-and-white) -sDEVICE=pngalpha (32-bit RGBA color) -sDEVICE=jpeg (color JPEG) -sDEVICE=jpeggray (grayscale JPEG) -sDEVICE=epswrite (encapsulated postscript) -sDEVICE=txtwrite (text output, UTF-8) h) Other options -dNOPAUSE (no pause after page) -dBATCH (exit after last file) -sOutputFile=output.pdf -dEmbedAllFonts=true -dSubsetFonts=true -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 -dFirstPage=pagenumber -dLastPage=pagenumber -dAutoRotatePages=/PageByPage or /All or /None -rXRESxYRES (XRES & YRES in pixels/inch) -rRES (same XRES & YRES, affects images and fonts converted to bitmaps) -sPDFPassword=password
8. Can I open the addon in toolbar popup?
No, this plugin only displays a standalone popup window. Simply click the toolbar icon to access the UI.
9. Is this addon available for mobile browsers?
Yes, this add-on is compatible with all browsers and platforms, including mobile browsers. The app UI may not appear well in mobile view since the mobile screen does not have enough room to display the entire UI.
10. How can I reset the addon?
Please go to the app UI and press on the – Reset – button to reset the add-on. Please be advised that if you select this option, all settings will be reset to default values. On the top left corner of the UI, there is a reload button. This may be used to reload just the UI without affecting any other settings.