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I have got two pdf files with same number of pages and want compare each page with the corresponding page in the other file. For this I would like to merge say page 1 of File1.pdf with page 1 of File2.pdf so it gets one page in the new document. Then page 2 of File1.pdf with page 2 of File2.pdf and make it page 2 of the new file.

In this question I learned already that I can put two pages on one page with the --nup option of the pdfjam command:

pdfjam File1.pdf File2.pdf --nup 2x1 --landscape --outfile File1+2.pdf

The same can be achieved with the ImageMagick package:

montage *.pdf merged.pdf

But this puts together page 1 and page 2 of the first file and does the same later on with the second file - not as intended.

What I did is to split the two documents. The first file got even numbers in the file name, the second odd numbers (actually I created the files anew with appropriate file names). Then I merged all files again with

pdftk *.pdf cat output merged.pdf

and finally put two pages on one with

pdfjam --nup 2x1 --landscape --outfile merged2up.pdf merged.pdf

I could write a script with a loop doing this, but I was wondering whether there is an easy one-liner to achieve this? Maybe I didn't find the right pdfjam, pdftk or ImageMagick command?

  • Still two commands, but my pdftk has a "shuffle" option, which looks like it would allow you to merge the two documents with alternating pages without needing to first split them to individual pages. At that point, many PDF viewers have an option to show two pages at once side by side, so you might not even need the "N up" operation at that point. – arcticmac Apr 25 '16 at 18:46
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You can split File1.pdf and File2.pdf into pages and then combine those tmp files into File1+2.pdf like so:

# Split files, note the naming scheme
pdfseparate File1.pdf temp-%04d-file1.pdf
pdfseparate File2.pdf temp-%04d-file2.pdf

# Combine the final pdf
pdfjam temp-*-*.pdf --nup 2x1 --landscape --outfile File1+2.pdf

# Clean up
rm -f temp-*-*.pdf
  • Thanks for this solution. However, the merged file is not really size optimized. In my case it's nearly 100 times bigger than the source files. Does someone know how to reduce the size of the merged file? – Stefan Endrullis Jun 12 '18 at 13:01
  • @StefanEndrullis: For me it's smaller than the sum of the individual sizes... I suspect it'd PDF-dependent. – Mehrdad Apr 7 at 2:50
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A, err, little late, but may be helpful to some one else.

The original approach of the OP, to display pages side-by-side, can be achieved by the other answer given.

However, the approach may be arduous if the aim is to find some small textual difference. To that goal, use a pdfdiff, of which there are a few from different authors, commercial, open-sourced, command-line and GUI alike.

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=pdfdiff&t=ffab&ia=software

Note that this approach is not as effective for images as "identical" images can be encoded differently.

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    Can you explain how to use this software? Giving link only is only a half-way solution. And you don't even link to where the software is located at. Please consider to expand your answer with the essential info. – Vylix Nov 17 '17 at 13:48

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