Multi-PDF Tool PDF Shaper 3.0 released with Windows 10 support

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 7, 2014
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Software, Windows software

If you manipulate pdf documents in one way or the other regularly, then you may have come across PDF Stumbler before as it ships with a collection of tools for just that.

I reviewed the program back in 2013 and found it to be a great program and the majority of commenters on the original review seem to agree with me on this.

PDF Shaper 3.0 ships with a redesigned interface. The changes are not major but make sense from a user's point of view. The tools listing is now using a grid view which I like, and some of the tools display buttons for easy access to functionality.

Note: The program needs to be installed and it ships with OpenCandy, an advertising module that will display an offer during installation. Make sure you decline that offer if you have no use for it.

If you want to use it as a portable version, extract it using Universal Extractor. This bypasses the offer during installation as well. Update: If that does not work, try Inno Setup Unpacker which works 100%.

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The nine tools PDF Shaper makes available are the following:

  • Extract text from PDF documents.
  • Extract images from PDF files.
  • Rotate pages or sign PDFs.
  • Convert PDF files to images.
  • Convert images to PDF.
  • Convert PDF to Word RTF.
  • Split or merge PDFs.
  • Encrypt or decrypt documents.

A click on a tool button opens a new window that displays options based on what you have selected. The Extract Images tool enables you to add one or multiple PDF documents to save all images used in them separately on the system.

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As far as changes are concerned, there are quite a few:

The developer has added support for Windows 10 to the program so that it should run fine on Microsoft's latest operating system. For now, it runs fine in the preview build that is available.

More important than that for many users are improvements to the pdf and image processing engine, and overall performance improvements.

Generally speaking, operations should complete faster and with less impact on the system while operations are being executed.

You will also find new features integrated into the program but this only becomes apparent if you have used an earlier version of the program. I mentioned new buttons for example which improve operations in some tools.

Existing PDF Shaper installations can be upgraded with a click on Help > Check for updates, or by downloading the latest version of the software from the developer website.

PDF Shaper 3.0 introduces no major new features but improves the program in other ways. Especially the performance improvements and engine upgrades should be helpful for users who run the program on lower end systems.

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  1. cybernard said on November 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Worse PDF tool ever. Yes, it does what it says, but inconveniently.

    Merging: I can not visually see and remove pages drag and drop style. I can only merge whole documents and I can not even see what I am merging. I have to keep the originals open in PDF reader to keep referring back to them.

    Splitter: Same thing, it only breaks it up into 1 page per file, and then you have to merge them back together manually.

    The program has no drag and drop GUI to allow easy merging splitting and deleting of pages.
    However, it can batch process multiple PDF files.

    PDF to RTF: Output was a bunch of jumbled messes.

    Extract text: Seems to work.

    PDF Tool: No way to rotate individual pages. Unless you go through the headache of splitting each file into 1 page per file method, which you then have to re-assemble. What a pain!

  2. Rick said on November 7, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    This indeed comes with OC in the installer, but you do not have to install the program thus avoiding the OC nonsense.

    You just need to drop the exe into uniextract and the resulting {app} folder and app runs without installation! OC setup is in the {tmp} folder and can just be deleted.

    Alternatively, you can install it using Sandboxie, and just copy out the program folder. It takes a bit longer for the install as the installer tries several times at several points to get the OC ads, but it nevertheless installs so that you can copy the real program sans OC.

    I’ve tested it both ways :)

  3. james said on November 7, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    Universal Extractor is unable to extract the .exe file, at least on my pc – any suggestions?

    1. Rick said on November 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm


      @Martin: lol .. I only speak russian through Google translate, but it is a pain :)

      1. silat said on December 18, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        Rick when I download and try to unzip UE from your link it asks me for a password. When I paste said password from the txt it is invalid.
        password: LonerD – ïàâëóøà äåðãóíîâ – ÂÎÐ

      2. Martin Brinkmann said on November 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm

        Thanks a lot ;)

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on November 7, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      James you are right, try this one it works:

      It is a command line tool but supports the Inno Setup version that PDF Shaper uses.

    3. Rick said on November 7, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      It does – but you probably don’t have the newest version –

      The original version was abandoned. The modified version is at

      1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 7, 2014 at 6:04 pm

        Rick do you have a direct link for non-Russian speaking users?

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