SmallPDF

Has anyone had any experience with using SmallPDF.com in a corporate environment?  I am having users request access to the site however I can't seem to find much information on the site and I'm leery of using a free website to merge confidential PDF documents.  

Thanks!
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Trent SmithCommented:
If you have confidential PDF documents then you should not allow anyone to use this site.  You have to upload the files to the site and in the event of an issue (which should always be planned for) your documents could be accessed by non-employees.  I would make them use locally installed programs only.
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Provide an internal site with a similar functionality. This way you keep your users happy and your data safe.

HTH,
Dan
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rosen55401Author Commented:
Dan, do you have recommendations on how to do this?  Thanks!!
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Trent SmithCommented:
Check out CutePDF.  It is a program that you would have to install on each system.
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rosen55401Author Commented:
We already have pdfFactory; is that was Dan is referring to as an "internal site"?  The users like the simplicity of SmallPDF.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I agree with the previous posts that you should not allow your users to upload confidential docs to that site. In terms of internal/local alternatives, it depends on which features of SmallPDF.com that your folks are using. In your original question, you mentioned "merge confidential PDF documents". If that's the only feature your users need, I recommend writing a program/script to merge PDFs based on the excellent PDF Toolkit (PDFtk Server):
https://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-server/

Don't be misled by "Server" in the name. I don't know why they called it that, but it's just an executable (pdftk.exe, with a supporting DLL, libiconv2.dll) that runs on XP, Vista, W7, and W8 (I tested it on W10 — worked fine, but I don't know if it is "certified" yet on W10). That is, it does not have to run on a "server" OS.

For example, here's one line of code that merges two PDFs into a third:

pdftk input1.pdf input2.pdf cat output combined.pdf

Here's another example that uses a wildcard to merge all PDFs in a folder into a single PDF:

pdftk *.pdf cat output combined.pdf

It would be easy to write a program/script that calls PDFtk Server to do whatever your users need. They may even be satisfied with PDFtk Free, which provides a nice GUI tool for merging and splitting PDFs. It is the first tool at this page:
https://www.pdflabs.com/tools/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/

However, if your users are using other features at the SmallPDF.com site, you'll need to look for other solutions. For example, for JPG to PDF or PDF to JPG, I recommend GraphicsMagick. Here are articles that show both:

Create a PDF file with Contact Sheets (montage of thumbnails) for all JPG files in a folder and each of its subfolders using an automated, batch method

Create an image (BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF, etc.) from a multi-page PDF

Regards, Joe
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
No, I meant an internal website that would mimic the functionality of smallpdf.com.
Basically a front end to pdftk or another pdf library that allows merging pdfs in command line.
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