Are there any tools I could use to automate the process of deleting the first page of every PDF and renaming the new files?
The Poppler toolset (downloadable from ) has many PDF rendering utilities including pdfseparate and pdfunite which will do what you want i.e. separate PDF files into separate pages excepting the first page and reassemble the remaining pages into a new document. The format for generating the arguments to pdfunite is left as an exercise for the reader.
Is it possible to print out selected pages from a PDF?
Yes most printer apps have a feature to select specific pages to print. You can also install themand-line set of Poppler utilities for manipulating PDF files and use the pdfseparatemand to split a PDF into one file per page andbine sets of pages together with pdfunite to rbine the selected pages into one file. The Poppler utilities are open source and available for most operating systems.
Should people use online tools to merge or edit PDFs? It seems like a huge security risk.
Everything you do online is a risk. Realistically anything sensitive you should work with using a Desktop app like Soda PDF. I bring this up because in the should we focus on mobile vs Desktop debate we often find ourselves realizing that there will be a need for a functional desktop app as long as the internet is what it is. I know we follow all the best practices to keep our online servers safe but beyond our side of security there are other risks. Ideally saving sensitive files to secure places that aren public with offline tools is thepliant workflow.