The scanner I use does. However, what happens when you have multiple PDFs that really should go in one document? How do you combine PDFs together? There are a million ways to do this, including some I have talked about before like using Preview. At the top of the window at the right, change the Service receives selected dropdown to PDF files.
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The scanner I use does. However, what happens when you have multiple PDFs that really should go in one document? How do you combine PDFs together? There are a million ways to do this, including some I have talked about before like using Preview.
At the top of the window at the right, change the Service receives selected dropdown to PDF files. I set the in dropdown to Finder. Drag it to the main window on the right. We are doing this step because of a weird way Automator works.
I could prompt the user to choose a path, but I wanted to make it automatic so we have to get a bit geeky. Drag it to the main window under our last step. Basically that is going through the PDFs that you are splitting and copying the folders that they are stored in. Now in the Utilities section of the Library , find our old friend Set Value of Variable and you guessed it drag it into the main window under our last step.
In the Variable dropdown, choose New Variable… and give your new variable a name of containerPath. Right under the Variable dropdown there is an Options button. Now in Library on the right, choose PDFs. Find Rename Finder Items and drag it under the last step. It will pop up a message asking you if you want to preserve an extra copy. Then hit the Options button and check Show this action when the workflow runs. This will let name the new PDF.
In the Variable window at the bottom of your screen, find your containerPath variable. Drag it up on top of the To dropdown. You have just created a Service. This means that if you right-click a group of PDFs in the Finder, you can combine them right from there.
Find a group of PDFs on your Mac, highlight them, and right-click. Choose the Services menu near the bottom. Choose it. It will think for a moment and then pop up a box where you can give the new PDF a name. Best of all, since I went through this trouble to set it up as a Service, going forward whenever I need to combine PDFs, I just have to right-click on them. This article was originally written in August I've been going paperless since , and have tried it all.
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Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since You can find Brooks on Twitter at documentsnap or brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by. Thanks Brooks, I used to have to use Acrobat every time I wanted to do this, your script is so much faster! Very informative! Thanks for showing clearly how to combine PDF. It is a cloud based software to merge PDF without install any software in your device.
Share it here as an alternative method. This worked like a charm, except that the documents rotated. I was using this succesfully until Sierra. It is not longer working on High Sierra. Any idea how to fix it?
This is killer awesome. Thanks so much for the tutorial and files. However, I sometimes get this error with certain PDFs.
Does anybody have any ideas? Perhaps there is a permissions error? Thanks a lot. This was really helpful. Thanks so much for this great post! One question — how do I put this into a loop, i. I downloaded your zip file and it works fine.
Instead it combines in such an order as 1, 11, 12…2, 21…. It is the same if I rename my files , , … Am I missing some easy steps? Hi, I was just looking for a easy way to combine pdf files on mac without additional software or using preview. This has been working great. I have a question: If I have documents that have an odd number of pages and I want to make them all even before combining them. Is there a way for me to have the program identify the files that have odd number of pages and have them add a page at the end automatically, then proceed to combine the pdf?
Worked like a charm on El Capitan, and I ended learning a ton of new things. This is super useful and has just saved me a ton of time. Just wanted to tell you how helpful this, along with your post on splitting PDFs was to me!
Both worked like a charm on my MacBook Pro running Yosemite Happy New Year and thank you so much for sharing this. I had used Automator in the past to combine pdfs and thought it had been easier.
Turned out the next site I found helped me create just that and it was much simpler. Here is the link to those instructions. Anyway, thanks for your tutorial. I have a question. The first couple times it worked perfectly. Now, it keeps putting the cover page at the end of the document rather than the beginning. Prbably too late but hope it helps whoever else. This is great! Because I have found combining things in Preview to be frustrating, and whenever I scan something, any time I have to stop results in multiple documents.
Consequently this is exactly what I was looking for. Any clue why? Is there say a way to take 3 single pdf pages and put them onto one pdf. They are approx 8. Hope that helps. Happy New Year, and please keep up the good work.
Hi, this is so so good. Thank you so much for putting this up. Once again thank you for sharing your knowledge.
Thank you so much for this. Used the version you had for download and it worked like a charm. I went through all these steps. Same for me! Is there a way to view Applescript coding for this automator task? I want to compile dozens of books, one after the other, basically using this process in the applescript program.
Is there a way to do this combining. Thanks for any help you can give! Great idea! I am doing this right now! The problem I seem to have run into, is that it only works up to items.
How To Combine PDF Files in Mac OS X Using Automator To Make A Service
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PDF is a wonderful format for reading documents, but once you move beyond reading, things can get complicated in a hurry. Sometimes you may have multiple PDF files that would be more conveniently viewed as a single document—three files related to the same project, for example. Automator lets you do it in a single step. Launch Automator, pick Application from the workflow chooser that appears, and click Choose. Select PDFs from the Library pane. Be sure that Appending Pages is enabled in this action.