I keep this in my Scans directory, this is just a backup.
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Basic Usage

To merge (concatenate) pdfs:

$ pdftk inputs cat output newfile.pdf

To merge all pdfs:

$ pdftk *.pdf cat output newfile.pdf

To break a pdf into single page files:

$ pdftk input.pdf burst

To combine parts of two or more files, use handles:

$ pdftk A=firstfile.pdf B=secondfile.pdf cat A1-7 B1-5 A8 output newfile.pdf

Editing Metadata

To edit metadata is a multistep process:

  1. Dump the pdf metadata:
$ pdftk input.pdf dump_data metadata.txt
  1. Edit the metadata (Geany appears to work), adding:
InfoKey: Author
InfoValue: Kenneth John Odle
InfoKey: Title
InfoValue: Journal #42

(For "Title" enter whatever you want to see in the document's title bar as you read it.)

  1. Update the metadata in the pdf file:
$ pdft input.pdf update_info metadata.txt output.pdf

Note that you must write to another file, as pdftk cannot overwrite the original file. Thus, make the file you save the scan as different than what you want the final file to be named.

See https://sejh.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/changing-pdf-titles-with-pdftk/

Converting to Double Sided Scans without a Duplexer

This is not an issue if your document scanner has a duplexing unit.

To shuffle pages (interleave double-sided originals):

Scan the front sides: 001a.pdf This gives you pages 1 3 5 7 9

Scan the reverse sides: 001b.pdf This gives you pages 10 8 6 4 2

$ pdftk A=001a.pdf B=001b.pdf shuffle A1-5 B5-1 output 001.pdf

001.pdf should now be in the order: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

See the sample files included in this repo.