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December 02, 2013

MergePDF app for iPhone and iPad

We have launched a MergePDF app for iOS devices including iPhone and iPad. The app can be viewed and purchased through Apple's app store here.

The app merges PDF files internally on the device and has Dropbox support to allow merging files across multiple devices easily.

Please feel free to leave any feedback through the comments or send us an email to support [at] foxyutils [dot] com.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 05:10 in mergepdf news ios iphone


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April 07, 2013

Performance updates

We have moved our apps to a new server with more cores, so our apps should be running as smooth as ever for all users. In addition, we optimized our apps for handling large files, so our Pro users should see a large boost in performance improvements for handling PDF files up to 200MB in size. We hope these upgrades will benefit all our users!


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 01:41 in news updates


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October 13, 2012

Introductory Offer

We have now gone live with our new Pro Plans ! We are offering an introductory offer, where the first month for the Pro Plan is free. To give it a try, you can apply the coupon code "ONE-MONTH-FREE" (without the quotation marks) when you set up the subscription ! Try it out for free !

After the free first month, the standard charge of $4.99 per month will apply. You can cancel at any time. This offer will expire in a month.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 20:57 in news promotions


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October 13, 2012

Terms of Use and Privacy Policy posted

We have made some changes to the site. Along with these new updates, we have posted our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. We hope that this will be useful and make everything more transparent for all our users. Both are listed on the menu at the bottom of each page. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 20:52 in news general legal


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September 26, 2012

Introducing Pro Plans

In early October we be launching Pro Plan accounts. Pro plan users enjoy various benefits, such as secure uploads (via HTTPS), an ad-free site with no 3rd party advertisements appearing anywhere. Furthermore, Pro plan users can work with PDF files up to 200Mb in size at a time. The price for this additional service will be a monthly fee of 4.99 USD.

Our goal is to enable small and medium companies to use our service to a larger extent as now all uploads and downloads go through a secure channel, increasing the overall security of the apps.

In addition, we will be encouraging all users to sign up for accounts. Registered free users will be able to use larger file sizes than anonymous users.

At the same time, we will be publishing our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy that will appear at the bottom of all our pages.

We emphasize that these changes will only minimally affect our free users. The basic service will still remain free. A login bar will appear on top of our pages, but the apps can still be used anonymously without logging in. We are reducing the file size down to 30 MB for basic services (anonymous), but that can be extended up to 50 MB for free by registering an account. This can then be extended up to 200 MB for the Pro plan which comes with other benefits as well.

The table below compares the Pro plan with the free registered and anonymous plans respectively.

Plan comparison

We hope that our users will benefit from the new services and we encourage you to leave us feedback in the comment section.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 10:25 in news services general legal


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July 23, 2012

Chrome webapps launched

We have launched new Chrome Webapps for all of our 4 services, that can be accessed free of charge at the links below:

FoxyUtils MergePDF Chrome App

FoxyUtils SplitPDF Chrome App

FoxyUtils ProtectPDF Chrome App

FoxyUtils UnlockPDF

The Google Chrome apps are basically quick access links that appear under Apps whenever a new tab is created. This makes it faster to access our apps than ever before. We hope that our Chrome users will find this functionality useful.

We would like to thank Robert Lee who encouraged us to publish our webapps as Chrome Applications and sent us a prototype implementation that we have extended to all our apps and made publicly available.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 10:01 in news webapps general


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April 02, 2012

What is PDF? Why PDF?

This short entry gives a brief overview of what PDF is, and the motivation for its creation. In addition, our goal is to to cite other and more comprehensive sources that can provide more information for interested readers.

Much of the information in this article came from the Wikipedia article on PDF files (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_32000-1), but information from multiple other sources has been weaved into the article, along with the author’s own experience.

What is it?

The Portable Document Format (PDF) is an open standard published by Adobe Systems for representing documents in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems.

A PDF file is simply a file that adheres to this standard and can be opened by any standard PDF file reader. As an example of free PDF readers, Adobe Reader (available at http://get.adobe.com/reader/) and Foxit Reader (available at http://www.foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Reader/) are among the most commonly used. A more complete list of readers can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PDF_software#Viewers.

Each PDF file basically contains a full description of a document, including the text, fonts, graphics, and other information needed to display it. The way that this information is structured is specified by the PDF specifications (a very long and detailed document), which can be found on Adobe's site: here.

Why was it created?

Before PDF was established in 1993, there was a clear lack of an easy way of sharing documents. A common way for many (only on Windows systems) was to share Microsoft Office .DOC files. However that format is not nearly as general (and has been known to change from time to time). The real strength of the PDF file is that it appears the same on all systems and is an open standard, so anyone can create a program that outputs PDF files.

Another format was the PostScript (PS) format, which actually has many things in common with the PDF format. It is still widely used in publishing and it is the native language for many printers. However, it never become very popular among the public, even though it was created long before the PDF format. Perhaps because that the PDF format was released and popularized in the relatively early days of the Internet. In addition the PDF format has many features over PS, such as being self-contained, containing all fonts, images, and so on in a single file. For interested readers, a comprehensive comparison between PS and PDF can be found here.

How does the future look?

The PDF standard has continually been upgraded since its initial release and many new features have been added. For example: password protection, interactive fill-in forms, digital signatures and multiple others. We can therefore expect to see many more features added in the years to come.

Recently the PDF standard has become an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard, and Adobe Systems is no longer responsible for maintaining it. Furthermore, in 2008 Adobe published a Public Patent License to ISO 32000-1, granting a royalty-free rights for all patents owned by Adobe that are necessary to make, use, sell and distribute PDF compliant implementations.

Conclusion

As an open and still evolving standard, it is likely that PDF will maintain its role as a leading document exchange format for (at least some) years to come.

Please share with us your view of the PDF format and how you think it's going to hold up in the future!


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 23:09 in pdf general


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October 16, 2011

New webapps launched: Unlock PDF and Protect PDF

We have now launched our new webapps, UnlockPDF and ProtectPDF. As announced in our blog entry in September, we have been working hard to get the new services ready for launch.

The new services enable users to lock (add password protection) and unlock (remove password protection) from PDF files, and are a great addition to our already established suite of online PDF webapps.

Every day thousands of users merge and split PDF files, and we hope that many of our existing users will find the new additions useful.

As always, we encourage comments and bug reports, so feel free to leave us any feedback or bug reports in the comments or via e-mail.

Enjoy the new webapps!


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 17:46 in news services


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September 11, 2011

Planned: Unlock PDF and Protect PDF

While we are working hard on improving our current services, Merge PDF and Split PDF, we are also planning to launch a couple of new services. We thank all our users who have given us valuable input in improving our services. We have submitted a lot of updates in the past few months. Please keep sending us bug reports when you encounter a failure, either through the comments or through email.

The new services will complement our other services, allowing users to remove passwords from PDF documents (UnlockPDF), as well as adding protection to their documents (ProtectPDF).

The PDF standard supports two kinds of passwords for each file. An owner password can be specified which allows adding protection such as limiting viewers' rights to print and/or edit the document and so forth. A user password is more restrictive as it requires a password to open the document.

UnlockPDF will be able to remove passwords from documents with owner passwords, even without specifying the password. However, for documents with user password, a password will be required to unlock the PDF file. It will also be possible to enter multiple passwords and our program will go through the list, trying each password until it finds the correct one. This will help if you do not remember exactly what password you used when the protection was added.

ProtectPDF, on the contrary, will allow users to add user and/or owner password to documents. The level of restrictions can also be specified, such as whether printing is allowed, and/or document edits, and so on.

If you have any suggestions for these planned services, please let us know and we will try to incorporate them, if possible!


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 23:32 in news services


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June 13, 2011

New websites launched

We have now launched a new (and we believe improved) Merge PDF and Split PDF webapps, with increased file size limits, and support for more PDF files than before. In the past there have been issues with certain PDF files, but most of those now work with the new sites.

FoxyUtils is the company behind the Merge and Split PDF web apps. With the new sites we make this connection more apparent, which will be a good basis for launching more services and creating an integrated suite of online webapps in the future.

For those who have been requesting SSL and more security for uploading their documents, we will be launching a paid ad-free service with running with SSL (https) shortly.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 09:20 in mergepdf news splitpdf


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June 13, 2011

Press Coverage of Merge PDF

Our Merge PDF webapp has been widely reviewed by the online community since its release in 2008. Below is an overview of a few of those.

Review on lifehacker.com
MergePDF Combines PDF Documents for Free
If you don't have access to Adobe Acrobat or other PDF manipulation tools, MergePDF is a quick and hassle-free online tool for combining your documents... Read the whole article.

Video Review on Chris Pirillo's blog
How to Merge PDF Files for Free
Yes, you likely have PDFs scattered across your hard drive. What do you do when you want to merge one PDF with another? Unless you buy expensive software, it’s impossible - unless you use MergePDF... Read the whole article.

Review on MakeUseOf.com
MergePDF: Online PDF Joiner
MergePDF is an online PDF joiner app for merging PDF’s online. Anyone can use it to combine multiple PDF documents into one. The application is free of charge and without any installation or registration requirements... Read the whole article.

Review on KillerStartups.com
MergePDF.net - Merging PDFs Easily
A service that goes by a suitable name, Merge PDF will let you take different PDF documents and combine them in order to create a single one. This service is provided for free, and it is handled out online in its entirety – no need to procure or install anything, and no need to maintain any software... Read the whole article.

Review on MyDigitalLife.info
Online MergePDF to Combine Individual PDF Files into A Single File
...if you only intend to merge two documents into one, you may want to give this free online service a try. Named as MergePDF, it is a free online web service that allows users to merge multiple individual PDF documents into a single master document... Read the whole article.

Review on wwwhatsnew.com (in Spanish)
MergePDF - Juntar varios pdfs en un solo (Spanish)
MergePDF es una aplicación web que permite juntar varios documentos pdf en uno solo... Read the whole article.

Review on 4xPDF.com
MergePDF joins the ranks of online PDF merging
This last few months has seen a bevy of online PDF merging utilities... Read the whole article.

Press release on pr.com
A New Website Simplifies the Task of Combining PDF Documents with a Free Online Tool
For those who have ever had the issue of needing to combine multiple PDF documents into a single one in a hurry without actually paying for it or installing anything – a solution is now available... Read the whole article.

Tutorial on WikiHow.com
How to Merge Pdf Documents Online Using MergePdf.Net
This article covers how to merge multiple PDF documents into a single one using an online website. The advantage of using a website to do this is that the user does not need to register, install or purchase any software... Read the whole tutorial.


Posted by Gunnsteinn Hall at 09:19 in mergepdf press news


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