When it so happened that the diversity of file formats began to create problems in sharing them on different platforms, the need for an independent format was felt, which could be platform independent. Such a file format was realized in the form of the PDF (Portable Document Format). It is one of the most widely used portable format today and has been in use since its creation by Adobe Systems in 1993. It has made document exchange substantially simpler over the Internet. It is an open standard format available for free use. This Techspirited article deals with the question of how to merge PDF files together into a single file. Keep reading ahead to know all about merging PDF files.
There are various reasons why you may want to create and merge PDF files. Creating a PDF file doesn't need you to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can use the Open Office Writer Program to create PDF files directly, which is made available for free on the Internet. Let us see how merging of PDF files can be accomplished, for ease of access and printing purposes.
Use Adobe Acrobat X Pro
If you already have a licensed edition of Adobe Acrobat X Pro, merging document is easy. To merge documents, first collect all the files that you want to integrate together in one folder. To collate all the documents together, open the first file, with which you want the merged document to start. Then choose the 'combine files' option to begin integration.
Firstly, you will be asked to choose or add files that you want to be merged together. Then you will be asked to order them in the proper sequence in which you want them to be joined. Lastly, you will have to choose the file size that you want the document to have. Once the file size has been chosen, your merging procedure is complete. The file will be created in merged form, in the specified folder of your choice.
Use Other Freeware Programs
If you don't want to buy the Adobe Acrobat X Pro, there are plenty of other programs that can do that for you, which cost lesser. You may use either one of the programs like A-PDF Merger or PDF combine, which cost less than $40. Using the programs is quite simple and straightforward. Their interface is easy to understand and use.
Merging will make it easier to collate your work documents together and access them easily. If you are part of a research establishment, you will be required to read a host of research papers, which are easily readable or printable after making a merger. Opting for other programs that can combine PDF files together is a smarter move, rather than buying the Adobe Acrobat X Pro software. However, if you need extensive functions like the ability to edit files, protect them and use some of the advanced features of Adobe Acrobat Reader, then you better buy it.