Create Multipage or Merge Multiple PDFs into one for free with Irfanview!

The other day I was scanning in multiple pages of a document into PDF format with my favorite image/scanning/multi-tool Irfanview and the Irfanview plugins. However, when I tried to merge all of the PDF page files into one single document using a, multitude, of pdf tools (except mergepdf.net because it was a sensitive document) but was unable to because there was an owner password created with the PDF randomly that I didn’t know about — so these tools wouldn’t let me merge the PDF files I created!

After some email correspondence with Irfan himself I just downloaded and installed the latest version 4.23 and found “New multipage images menu: Create Multipage PDF” in the release notes! And this worked wonderfully! Irfanview apparently completely ignored the random embedded password. It’s good to know that I can use Irfanview to merge the PDF files I created with Irfanview. =)

To do this, simply (from the help system):
Click on the View Menu, point at Multipage images. A sub-menu opens with several options to click… including “Multipage PDF” and “Multipage TIF”. Then simply select your input files and the name of your ouput PDF file and you’re set! Much easier and simpler than the other PDF tool programs as well!

Create Multipage PDF with Irfanview + Plugins

Create Multipage PDF with Irfanview + Plugins

I just showed my support for Irfanview, and if you love this application as much as I do (I’ve been using it since 1996, since it was the only extensive image viewer I could find that would fit on a floppy back then!) then I hope you’ll support Irfan too!

4 Responses to “Create Multipage or Merge Multiple PDFs into one for free with Irfanview!”

  1. Francis Says:

    Brian,

    I have win 7 64 bit, and Irfanview 4.28 with all the plug-ins downloaded and installed. I can make a pdf from various jpg files but when I try to make one from pdf’s I get an error message saying, “Error can’t load (path)”.

    This is a problem that I’ve always had with Irfanview.

    What should I do?

  2. Brian Says:

    If you can do it with jpgs, I’m not sure why it’s not working with PDFs. I just tried a couple multipage PDF files on my desktop and they merged fine (albeit it took some time – please wait for the pop-up window to tell you the process is complete).

    Other tips:
    a) Rename the source files so they don’t have odd characters, spaces or long filenames. Perhaps page1.pdf, page2.pdf, etc…
    b) Try opening the PDF files and “print to pdf” again with CutePDF or something similar (http://www.cutepdf.com/) since maybe the PDF file itself is corrupt or in some odd format

    1) Click the “Add Images” button to add in all of the PDF files you want to merge.
    2) Select a “Save/Output Directory” to save your files
    3) Select a filename to save the output as, default “image.pdf”

  3. Francis Says:

    Brian,

    Thank you for your comments. I finally e-mailed Irfan who pointed out that I needed Ghostscript in order to merge pdf files. Once I downloaded and installed Ghostscript I was able to merge the files.

    Thank yuo for your time and effort related to this problem.

    Francis

  4. Brian Says:

    Yep – you’ll need that too. =)

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