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The final word on splitting, combining and re-ordering PDFs Apps
There have now been three hints on combining PDFs (1, 2, 3). However, they have all required a using an arcane command in the terminal and installing extra Unix software.

By far the easiest way I've found to combine, split, and re-order PDFs is with a piece of software called Combine PDFs. This software will even let one set the "Title" and "Author" attributes of a PDF. Best of all, it's free, small, and very quick. Hope this helps!

[robg adds: I think we've now covered the subject of combining PDFs from just about every angle ... please post any future ideas as comments to any of the existing hints on the subject.]
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Splitting not really covered by any hint.
Authored by: ppp on Sep 08, '03 12:01:43PM

I hate to object, but I'm still looking for an automated way to split PDF files. None of the hints mentioned seem to address this. The CombinePDFs program allows you to save individual pages, but only after manually selecting them. I can do this with Acrobat as well. If anyone knows of an automated way to make this happen, I'd love to hear about it.

The specific situation is that I am regulary printing 40+ pages from Filemaker that need to each be a separate page. Currently I use a utility in Virtual PC that can split them. This takes a long time, but not as long as printing 40 times, or manually saving separate pages from Acrobat.



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Splitting not really covered by any hint.
Authored by: bfr00 on Sep 09, '03 01:39:29AM

If you're using FileMaker, you don't have to do any splitting. You can script the whole process of printing a single page and giving it a name based on a field value. This has been available with 10.2.6 and is covered at Apple's applescript web site.



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Splitting not really covered by any hint.
Authored by: ppp on Sep 09, '03 02:29:33PM

Thanks for the URL referenced above. (sent off this forum http://www.apple.com/applescript/print/)

Unfortunately, the print dialog is not scriptable. You can process the output of the print dialog using an AppleScript, as described in the URL you sent. There is not currently control over the dialog itself.

This capability is slated for Panther (10.3), but currently there isn't any way to do this. In my situation, there are also FileMaker issues that prevent me from printing individual records, as some total fields do not calculate properly. I still need a solution that will split PDFs.



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Splitting not really covered by any hint.
Authored by: cck on Sep 09, '03 03:30:18AM

You can split PDFs in Acrobat with a batch sequence. I found this javascript code in the javascript documentation for Acrobat 5. As you can see this one saves the pages on my desktop. Piece of cake! ;-)

/* Extract Pages to Folder */
// regular expression acquire the base name of file
var re = /.*\/|\.pdf$/ig;
// filename is the base name of the file Acrobat is working on
var filename = this.path.replace(re,"");
try {
for (var i = 0; i < this.numPages; i++)
this.extractPages(
{
nStart: i,
cPath: "/Users/ole/Desktop/"+filename+"_" + i +".pdf"
});
} catch (e) {
console.println("Aborted: "+e)
}



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The final word on splitting, combining and re-ordering PDFs
Authored by: garbanzito on Sep 08, '03 04:22:36PM

to combine PDFs at a fairly crude level, i just drop them on TextEdit in the order desired, and save as PDF

for more control over the ouput, and high-quality results, i place the PDFs on pages in an InDesign layout, then export as PDF.. (one can only place these on a page one at a time manually, but there are AppleScripts to automate placing multi-page PDFs)



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The final word on splitting, combining and re-ordering PDFs
Authored by: bfr00 on Sep 09, '03 01:44:49AM

How does this accomplish anything? If you drop 3 separate PDFs on TextEdit, you get 3 different documents opened in TextEdit. Nothing is combined. What's the point of this?



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The final word on splitting, combining and re-ordering PDFs
Authored by: bfr00 on Sep 09, '03 02:04:49AM

Oh, I see. IF you have TextEdit set to RTF document; and if you are NOT dropping from the desktop, then you can drop files into TextEdit and it will work.



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The final word on splitting, combining and re-ordering PDFs
Authored by: amacaulay on Sep 09, '03 09:29:11AM

I'm missing something here.

If I drag and drop from the Finder to TextEdit in the dock, my PDF opens as text even though my TextEdit default is RTF.

If I drag and drop from the Finder to a TextEdit document window I get the PDF icon in my document.

Where are you guys dragging from and to?



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The final word on splitting, combining and re-ordering PDFs
Authored by: atverd on Nov 27, '05 12:11:09PM

PDFLab does the job - merge, split and some other things. Worked for me.
http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/pdflab/



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CombinePDFs as a PDF Service
Authored by: aGr[j5(6WU on Apr 27, '06 10:26:10AM

To make things even easier, you can use CombinePDFs as a PDF Service. Simply create an alias to CombinePDFs in your ~/Library/PDF Services folder (create one if it doesn't already exist), call it something appropriate (such as Send To CombinePDFs), and when you print choose this from the Print Dialogue. CombinePDFs will receive and collate any PDFs you send to it, allowing you to re-assemble or delete pages before combining them. The only flaw is that each page is called "print job.pdf", as opposed to being titled according to the webpage title as happens through drag-and-drop.



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