Compress PDF and Merge PDF are fantastically easy to use. I would highly recommend them had it not been because I cannot guarantee who has access to the data.

So is there free (as in freedom) software that I can install, which does the same?

I know of PDFTK, but I am interested in a web frontend similar to the above (Linux or Windows is fine), or at the very least a free (as in freedom) software Windows tool that is just as easy to use.

Note: My users are naïve Microsoft Windows users. So cmdline for Linux is unfortunately not usable.

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    What do you find hard to use about pfdtk? The free, "server", edition is super easy to use from the command line and can be hidden behind a web interface, (and often is). – Steve Barnes Jun 2 '15 at 16:39
  • I was about to recommend ghostscript, but it lacks a fancy UI. – Angelo Fuchs Jun 3 '15 at 10:31
  • So you are looking for a web application? Would be useful to tell in the title. – Nemo Oct 5 '15 at 18:34
  • Not necessarily: As I mentioned in the answer I installed 'PDF Split and Merge' which solves the merging. The answer was deleted by softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/users/46/undo so unfortunately you cannot see it. Complain to Undo. – Ole Tange Oct 5 '15 at 18:57
  • ImageMagick can do merging, but I don't know of it can compress it... – wb9688 Dec 27 '15 at 15:54

I also needed to merge my 10 bank statements into a single PDF file, but it was quite risky to upload these documents to server for combining them. I found a free Windows based PDF split and merge application which helped me to do the same. Free software download is available here: http://www.systotech.com/pdf-split-and-merge.aspx

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  • Looks interesting, but I cannot find the source code or the license. Are you sure it is free (as in freedom) software - and not just gratis? If you cannot check the source code for back doors, Snowden has shown that it is not trustworthy software - even when coming from vendors like Google and Microsoft (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRISM_(surveillance_program) for an example where Google, Microsoft, and others have put in back doors in their software without telling their users). For now I will stay with pdfsam.org – Ole Tange Dec 26 '15 at 17:07
  • That domain is dead (for sale) – user416 Mar 29 '18 at 17:47
  • Domain is still for sale over a year later. Doesn't look like it's coming back. – RockPaperLz- Mask it or Casket Jun 9 '18 at 20:38

For merging I have until recently used PDF Split and Merge

But PDF-Arranger is even more smooth, because you can split/merge/rotate and visually arrange in one go.

It still does not solve the compress issue.

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