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PDFGarden (formerly PDFMergeX) is a very powerful utility that lets anyone combine, transform, arrange and reorder multiple source PDF documents. PDFGarden features a small footprint, and can efficiently work with thousands of PDF files and/or with PDF documents that contain thousands of pages.

Feature highlights:

  • Delete, combine, split functionality.
  • Automatic pair pages support.
  • Dynamically rearrange files with real-time preview.
  • Import one or more pages from another PDF without importing the entire file.
  • Supports all QuickTime formats (PDF, JPEG, TIFF, PNG, more...

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Version 3.1.3: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later

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Pl_svn Member IconReview+201

Aug 1, 2011: looking for infos on this app and Lion but... PolyMicro Systems has vanished from the net :-/


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Version 3.1.3
Jm.marino Member IconComment+8


you could drag the PDF pages into the side bar. And then select all of the pages in the side bar, and then go to File > Print Selected Page > Save as PDF

There :) But remember to "Print Selected Page" and not just Print!

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Version 3.1.3
Pl_svn Member IconComment+201

... version 3.1.3 just quits on launch (Mac OS 10.6.5) and mails to the developer are returned to sender :-/

back to 3.1.2 and... waiting for clarifications

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Version 3.1.3
Danshock Member IconReview+40

I wonder if the developer created this entry, or if MacUpdate staff did. It clearly is listed as $19 on the developer's website, not $5. It also is never described on the developer's website as being "free." It is, at best, a demo.

As far as the software itself, I must admit I'm puzzled. Most of the combination-type features in this can be done using the Mac OS X (free and built-in) Preview (dragging pages within one or more PDFs in the window's side drawer). Perhaps PDFGarden is targeted towards those not yet running Snow Leopard?

Also, the interface is confusing. If you select many pages in the advanced view, then click "Preview," it previews only one page. The preview window shows normal window-controls (red, yellow, green buttons), but when you use the keyboard combo command-W, it attempts to close the window for the "workflow." Also, the window it describes as a "workflow" defaults to being named "PDGarden," not "workflow."

Once you have the Preview window open, double-clicking any page does nothing. It doesn't change the contents of the existing Preview window. It doesn't open a new one. Strange.

It has two "Help" menus, one with the standard search box, one without.

It has a "Preferences" menu item that does absolutely nothing. If it has no prefs, the developer should remove that from the menu.

It has a menu item for "Provide PDFGarden Feedback" that takes you to a "404 Not Found" web page.

There's more that is strange or broken. Not the kind of quality you'd expect from an app you have to pay for.

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Version 3.1.2
Jfm Member IconComment+73

According to MacUpdate, the price is $5. In the developer's website, it is mentioned as $19 - a slight discrepancy that ought to be fixed...

I have never used PDF Garden, but I have used its "ancestor", PDF Merge X, quite a few times, and still have it on my desktop.

I own PDFpenPro. I am wondering if I should buy PDF Garden too, or if PDFpenPro can anyway do everything Pdf Garden does?

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Version 3.1.1
Tom Marvolo Riddle Member IconComment+6
Tom Marvolo Riddle

nice app, but like MJPFILM said, drag & drop is a must have for this app.
And, maybe change the term to select files :-D

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Version 1.0.1
sweetblue Member IconReview+13

Great app, only thing missing is the ability to drag/drop files into it AND drag/drop files to reorder in the app itself. Still, stable and does what it says.

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Version 1.0.1
jokke Member IconComment+1

Just what I needed to complete my two separate pdfs. First time I've had the need but as usual, someone made an application for my need.

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Version 1.0.1
Orion-Mk.-V Member IconReview+215

Works well. It would be nice if you could drag-n-drop from the Finder, but that's about all that's needed.

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 18,345
Version Downloads 1,522
License Shareware
Date 14 Nov 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price $19.00