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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail Apps
I recently needed to quickly combine a handful of PDFs into one multi-page file. I found a quick trick that will work for PDFs (and other graphic files, too). Just open Mail and compose a new message. Then drag all the files into the new blank message. Mail will render them right in the email message. Then choose Print and save to a PDF file.

The only downside is you get your return email address at the top of the first page. I suppose you could create one blank page pdf as a spacer page then print from page two onwards to get a clean multi-page PDF file.
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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail
Authored by: stukoch on May 27, '03 09:43:31AM

You can also do this with Preview. Just select all of the PDFs you want combined, and then open them all at the same time with Preview. You can then just save this new file as a PDF, or if you prefer you can print to a PDF.

-Stu



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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail
Authored by: simdude on May 27, '03 10:46:17AM

I tired the Preview trick and while it shows all the pages as if it's one document in the preview pane, it won't print them all together. If you try to print or export, it will only combine the pages that were together in the original pdf. Multiple pdf's don't seem to combine.

Am I missing an option to get this to work?



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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail
Authored by: stukoch on May 27, '03 11:52:11AM

Sorry for the misinformation, you must do a Save As to combine them

-Stu



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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail
Authored by: wscody on May 27, '03 12:48:19PM

Stu -

I tried the "Save as..." suggestion, and no luck.

The file still only includes just the first page. What precisely are you doing?



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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Text Edit
Authored by: oldmanMac on Sep 04, '03 04:25:48PM

A couple of notes after pounding on this overnight:

Copying individual pages from preview and pasting into Text Edit (as I read off a newsgroup) produces bitmaps when you print a PDF from Text Edit. Instead, drag and drop your list into a blank Text Edit document.

Dragging and dropping a list of PDFs behaves erratically (ie, random order) if you grab a bunch of items that are being viewed as list. As far as I can tell, this is an indication that list order is broken somehow. Do your dragging and dropping in column view, and everything should work OK. (This drove me nuts until I discovered the cause!)

When you print out your combined PDF, make sure your window is open wide enough so that the whole PDF width is displayed. The right margin is set to the width of the window, and anything not displayed will get cut off when printing to a PDF.

Hope this helps. Merging PDFs is a good reason to move to OSX, and this "old mac" user is glad that I went ahead and made the plunge. Another cool thing is scriptable GUI...



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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail
Authored by: ravigv on May 27, '03 11:05:32AM
There is a useful little freeware commandline tool that does this. It's simply called joinPDFand is available from version tracker here. It's very easy to use just type joinPDF then the destination file, and the original pdf files. It will then append them onto each other in the order you entered them.

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Combine multiple PDFs into one document using Mail
Authored by: bluehz on May 29, '03 08:03:13AM

ImageMagick will do this among 1000's of other things, including breaking a multiple page pdf into individual docs. I highly recommend it. It can be installed via Fink



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