Benaiah\’s Computer Experiences

January 22, 2009

Splitting and Merging PDF Files

Filed under: Linux, Mac, ubuntu — Tags: , , — Benaiah @ 9:54 pm

Today I had a situation where I needed to combine two PDF files into one.  PDF Split and Merge is a free excellent program for both splitting and merging PDF files.  This program allows you to split a PDF files according to a large number of criteria (see screen shot for all options) , as well as merge several PDF files into a single file.

PDF Split and Merge is available for download here.   For use on Linux systems download the Zip archive.  Though this post focuses on the Linux version, PDF Split and Merge is also available for windows and mac as well.

Once you’ve downloaded the program extract the contents of the zip file, by double clicking the Zip file and selecting “Extract.”

Once the files have been extracted there are two different ways to run the program.  The first is to right click the pdfsam-1.1.0.jar file and select “Open with Sun Java 6 Runtime.”  If you do not have that option in your right-click menu follow the steps below.

Open a terminal and change to the directory containing the extracted files and run:

java -jar pdfsam-1.1.0.jar

The program will open and you will be ready to split/merge your PDFs!

June 28, 2007

Shareing a Parallels VM

Filed under: computer help, Mac, parallels — Benaiah @ 2:27 am

I have a friend who has a MacBook and my Dad and I had installed parallels on it so that she could run windows on it. When we first set it up we created the Windows VM (Virtual Machine) in the Administrator account. We then decided that we wanted to access it from her non-admin account. The problem was that from the non-admin account we couldn’t access the needed files. After looking around for a while I finally found a way to share a VM with all the users on a Mac. Here is what to do (This must be done from the account where the VM was made):

1. Move the VM files (.pvs and .hdd) to your Mac shared folder (for example, Macintosh HD > Users > Shared > VM folder).
2. In the Finder, right-click (Ctrl-click) the folder with the VM and choose Get Info from the pop-up menu.
3. In the Get Info window expand the Ownership&Permissions group.
4. Expand the Details group.
5. Set the access level for Others to Read&Write.
6. Click the Apply to the enclosed items button.
7. Now each user of your Mac is able to access the VMs stored in this folder.

I then checked the copied files to see if they worked and then removed the originals. I switched back to the non-admin account and everything worked perfectly!

This information was taken from: http://kb.parallels.com/entry/27/119

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