PDFLab
PDFLab 2.0.3r2
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PDFLab lets you split and join PDF documents as well as insert images and blank pages. You will also be able to easily create PDF documents out of several images.
Its usage is really simple. You add your files in a list, select the pages you wish to include, order them the way you want and create a new PDF document.
PDFLab 2.0 also ships with tools that let you quickly split a document into many documents, (one document per page or one document for odd pages and one for even pages), encrypt or decrypt a document, add a watermark, interleave several documents.
What's New

Note: I apologize to all the users for the very long delay since the last version and the almost total lack of support I have provided. A new job and new life priorities are responsible for this.

Version 2.0.3r2: fixed a nasty bug which prevented ading files

Version 2.0.3:
  • First attempt at fixing a bug where the process could not be terminated and the user had to go grab the file manually from the Finder. Please provide some feedback on this if you were a victim of this bug !
  • Will now work properly with a Java 1.5 installation (no more blank toolbar).
  • Upgraded to iText 1.4.8

Note: I apologize to all the users for the very long delay since the last version and the almost total lack of support I have provided. A new job and new life priorities are responsible for this.

Version 2.0.3r2: fixed a nasty bug which prevented ading files

Version 2.0.3:
  • First attempt at fixing a bug where the process could not be terminated and the user had to go more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later, Java 1.4.2.

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PDFLab User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Maeltj reviewed on 01 Apr 2011
This app could be amazing... but in Snow Leopard 10.6.7 don't work at all... It just crash on launch.
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Radizgo reviewed on 19 Feb 2011
When trying to download, you get the next webpage.

404 Error File Not Found

The page you are looking for might have been removed,
had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.
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Jm.marino reviewed on 13 Dec 2010
This app don't work. That's all.
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Lionel Fr tipped on 24 Aug 2010
To those who have some troubles with PDFLab on MacOSX
(application crashes after trying to import a file)
my Mac is on 10.5.8 , but this tip should work for many OS versions

open /Applications/Utilities/Java Preferences.app

in General tab :
disable J2SE 5.0 Java SE 6 and J2SE 5.0
enable J2SE 1.4.2 32 bits

PDFLab should work

PS :
i did not try every combinaison of Java versions
i have just presumed that the oldest version should work fine
[Version 2.0.3r2]

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Maeric commented on 08 Oct 2010
That did it. I switched the Java settings in Leopard and have functions back. Ever since PDFLab broke, I haven't been that happy with competing PDF apps I've tried (like PDFGarden). Hopefully Fabien Conus will resume development. Granted this was always free but he could make it shareware or a set price for his efforts.
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Negritude replied on 20 Nov 2010
You realize, of course, that the old 1.4.2 version of Java is full of security holes and is not being updated by Apple anymore? Using it is dangerous, and I don't think it's worth it just to be able to use this program.
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Arthur Battram commented on 29 May 2010
i love PDFLab!

but then i am in the early Jurassic still using 10.4.11 on a powerpc [imac g5]

i use it for 4 neat things

1. removing pages
2. rotating pages - mega useful if there's a landscape diagram in a portrait doc
3. making pdfs work! sometimes [often] keynote's exported pdfs don't work. open 'em in pdflab and save and they're always fine
4. the usual pdflab purposes!

note to snow cat users - you upgraded too early!
1. lots of bugs, especially with older software
2. lots of apps will just die.

tip - wait, assess which apps that you depend on are at risk of the above, and WAIT and watch!

here endeth the lesson

great app!
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ca. commented on 09 Sep 2009
PDFLab did work fine on my system under OSX snow leopard for sever hours; it suddenly quit and did not even respond* - I really wonder where the bug is sitting.

It is not the first application that quits service under snow leopard in this way. The same happened for instance with visual hub - I got this one to work using some tricks, from case to case.

*it is not even visible when I look at the system's activity using "top" in the terminal.

In the case of visual hub, there seem to be some apple script errors. In the case of PDFLab, I really do not know. what the source could be... maybe someone can help me.
[Version 2.0.3r2]


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Drdul commented on 23 Jul 2009
Yes, it works on 10.5.7. As Daniel noted, it crashes when attempting to add a file by clicking the icon at top left, but files can be dragged into PDFLab without problems.

I used it to remove the password from a camera manual so I could add bookmarks (it's unbelievable that in 2009, manufacturers are still producing 150-page PDFs without bookmarks). Select the file in the PDFLab window, press Command-R and a new password-free version is created. Fantastic!
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KlausKinski reviewed on 20 Apr 2009
PDFLab is still the best PDF-unlocker. It decrypted (unlocked) any of my "secured" (locked) PDFs by doing this: Drag a PDF onto PDFLab's list, select it there, and press Apple-R. The application then rebuilds the locked doc and saves it 1:1 as an unlocked doc. Even if it was protected by a master password etc.pp.! (I'm using OSX.4.11.)

BTW: It is not illegal to modify your PDF data 'for your own use'. It is only illegal to re-publish or re-sell etc. copyrighted PDF contents that you have modified without permission.
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breninoz commented on 14 Jul 2008
This app never worked for me. I tried to combine PDFs but it just crashed every time. I tried with security protected PDFs and PDFs without any security.
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appledogx commented on 25 Oct 2007
The watermark feature doesn't work on my Mac. (Intel/MacOS 10.4.10) I tried both text and image, and the file is always devoid of either one. Too bad. This is really just what I need to do.
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Rubaiyat replied on 09 Aug 2009
You might have a look at how your .pdf is constructed using Adobe Illustrator's layers. Apple Pages files for some odd reason generate 2 white backgrounds and Acrobat detects only the 1st one and inserts the watermark just above that. The watermark is then hidden behind the 2nd white background. PDFLab maybe doing the same.
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Gianca had trouble on 27 May 2010
If you want to run this application under Snow Leopard, check the "Open using Rosetta" option in the info, and it should run fine.
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Gianca commented on 27 May 2010
Nevermind... yes it launches, but it wont be able to do anything...
:(
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Pony had trouble on 27 Nov 2009
The application appears to use Java.
It no longer works with the release of Java shipping by Apple.
It uses depreciated Java calls and simply quits. Checking Console reveals

[Deprecated] CocoaJava: com.apple.cocoa.foundation.NSRuntime

[NSJavaVirtualMachine initWithClassPath:] FATAL: cannot initialize ObjCJava. Exit

Exited with exit code: 255
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Macupx replied on 22 Mar 2010
Yes, I can confirm that. It quits after launching it.
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Daath had trouble on 25 Oct 2009
Hmm, It was so easy to create multiple documents in one pdf booklet with last version of MAC OSX. So bad now it doesn't work with SnowLeopard v10.6.1.
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LenrdZelig had trouble on 31 Aug 2009
This program sadly does not work with Snow Leopard. And it looks like it is no longer being developed.
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Formica had trouble on 16 Jun 2009
Unfortunately, PDFLab no longer seems to work in Mac OS 10.5.7. It's a terrible shame because it's one of my favorite apps.
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Daniel Page commented on 19 Jun 2009
I had it crash the first time I tried to add pages by clicking the icon in the program. I was able to add pages, though, by dragging them in from finder (actually leap). Hopefully it keeps working, I just made a pdf file out of a 63 separate .jpg files that somebody decided to scan a book as
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Whit_g had trouble on 06 Jul 2007
I've loved using this app until just now - it stopped working. I'm getting an error (OS 10.4.10) that says that it requires Java 1.4 and won't work with 1.5. I am using the latest version and just downloaded it again to make sure. Anybody else have this problem?
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peanut butter had trouble on 12 May 2006
2.0 would crash each time I added files (10.3.9) after many months of perfect use.

So i updated to 2.0.2 and it chokes when outputing pdf files created in Excel (office 2004) and some other random pdf files.

Error message, "Processing Error: For some unknown reason PDFLab is unable to complete the process. Please hit cancel to close this window and try to retrieve the created PDF file from the Finder."

The app opens up the temp folder and presents me with the "pdfoutput.pdf" file, which has worked everytime. A bit of an inconvenince.

I still rate this a 4.5+ (and also donated to the author).

-pb+j
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Awajiya rated on 19 May 2011

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hugelshofer rated on 16 Mar 2011

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Date:05 Jan 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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PDFLab lets you split and join PDF documents as well as insert images and blank pages. You will also be able to easily create PDF documents out of several images.
Its usage is really simple. You add your files in a list, select the pages you wish to include, order them the way you want and create a new PDF document.
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