Review: Free and portable Briss cuts PDFs down to size

At a Glance
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    PCWorld Rating

    Briss is a good program to trim and crop PDF files so they fit better on your e-reader and are easier to read.

This portable app's website says "Bright Snippet Sire," but everybody calls this open-source favorite Briss for…er…short. Briss crops a section of a PDF file and creates another PDF file of the cropped area.

You can crop unwanted areas from PDFs with Briss. It's free, open-source, and portable, too.

Briss works on Linux, Mac, and Windows. It's easy to use, and it's awfully handy if you have a PDF page with something you'd rather not pass along. You can simply highlight what you want to keep and generate a whole new file.

If you own an e-reader, you'll find Briss particularly useful. To read a PDF on an e-reader, you normally have to format and convert it, and traditional ebook converters (such as ePub converters) frequently make a hash out of PDF conversion. Briss converts two-column pages into single-column pages, cuts out the unnecessary margins, and automatically removes unwanted fluff, such as page numbers and chapter headings. It then produces a PDF file that you can then successfully pass through an ePub converter.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    Briss is a good program to trim and crop PDF files so they fit better on your e-reader and are easier to read.

    Pros

    • Crops PDFs and creates new PDFs of cropped area
    • Creates ebook-friendly PDF files

    Cons

    • Name may make you blush
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