To give you some background, I am a writer, an editor, a blogger and a musician. I also have been an IT director for many years. This combination of experience has brought me into intimate contact with PDF files of every type imaginable.
Editing PDF files has been a pain at times, particularly when you are dealing with a large quantity of them. So, when I obtained a copy of a new (to me) PDF editor called Infix by Iceni Technology, Inc., I decided to give it a run through its paces.
Joining PDF Files
I decided to convert two collections of music in PDF format into single files. One was a collection of 83 PDFs all created with the Adobe printer driver from a music notation program. I started up the program and started a new file
Next, I did something that has broken one other PDF editor and just didn’t work with another. I just used the good old drag-n-drop and unceremoniously dumped the files into the program. No, I do not believe in using manuals or quick start guides. In my view, just about any program should be intuitive.
To my surprise, a Join Files window popped up and listed the files. I saw an up and down button, so I moved a few files around in the order. A button conveniently marked Join was sitting in the lower-right section of the window. I clicked it and saved the file.
That was quick, so I did the same, this time with 213 separate PDF files created by an outside music licensing service. That’s a total of 470 pages. It took just under 3 minutes, start to finish, using an old laptop with a 1.66 GHz CPU.
This option is available only in the Professional version.
Batch Search and Replace
Without opening a document, I was going through the menu items reviewing all the grayed-out options to get an idea of what was available. Under Edit, there was a Find & Replace that was not grayed out. I went down and found the sub-menu grayed out with the exception of Replace In Files.
That reminded me of the time I had to go through nearly 500 PDF files and change a URL. Yep, someone made the mistake and the URL on the next to last page wasn’t discovered until after a year had passed. Needless to say, the person who created the original Word documents was no longer in the company and the docs were lost.
I created 213 PDF files with a URL in them. I opened Infix and went to Replace In Files. I entered the URL to be replaced in the Find box and the new URL in the Replace box. I Clicked Replace All and told the program where I wanted the processed files to be placed and where the error files would go.
I clicked OK and the file list turned green with the status listed as processed.
The find and replace works on single documents in the Standard version. The batch mode with hundreds of files is only available in the Professional mode.
Publishing an eBook
I found another cool function that woke up the author in me. Yes, I believe I have a book in me waiting to be written. I found out I could publish in the universal eBook format by using Infix.
All I had to do was combine my 5 chapters (so far) in PDF format into a single file and open it up in Infix.
I selected File | Export | Pages as and an Export Pages window opened up. I clicked the Format button and selected Open eBook from the drop-down Format menu. Clicking OK twice asked for the folder where I want to put the eBook.
My five chapters only had 200 pages. The conversion and publishing took just about a couple of minutes.
Both the Standard and Professional versions support eBook publishing.
I opened a new document and did the drag-n-drop thing. It did exactly what I told it to do. It tried to put all 95 pictures on the single sheet. I was not about to wait for the program to finish putting all the photographs on a single page, so I stopped the process.
I opened Infix and dragged the files onto the empty slate. AHA! This works quite well. That’s what I get by not reading any documentation, but how else can I give a program a good workout?
A few minutes later I had all my pictures in a PDF file. This was real easy! This is a lot easier than using PowerPoint to create the same thing. Both the Standard and Professional versions support photo albums.
Editing was easy just like using a word processing program. The text editing was easy to do and I could change the dimensions and placement of the text blocks. I could also resize and move the pictures too. Adding pictures was a snap. I just did a drag-n-drop, resized the picture and moved the pic to where I wanted it.
I have the Professional version and was very surprised with the features and the ease of use. I wish I had this program years ago. Using Infix would have saved a lot of time and frustration. It will save me a lot of time this month as I have a few horn books to make for my band.
I highly recommend getting this version. If you are just editing single files, creating photo albums and publishing eBooks, you could probably get by with the Standard version.
The Standard version costs $95 and the Professional version is $159. Bundles and Enterprise licenses are also available as well as Server versions. They do have a free license program if you have a web page or a blog.