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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs Apps
MS Word spits out multiple PDFs for documents with multiple sections. Unfortunately the recent hint about using the "Preview" button to fix this didn't work for me so I wrote an AppleScript to be used as PDF Workflow to do the merge. Because there's a long code snippet I wrote a blog post about it:

http://www.entropy.ch/blog/Mac+OS+X/2006/10/24/AppleScript-to-merge-MS-Word-Section-PDFs.html

[kirkmc adds: I haven't tried this, but I know the Preview solution does not work all the time. There's some quite complex code in this solution, so it's not just a drag-and-drop operation. Do post in the comments if you get this to work or not.]
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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: pfernandes on Oct 27, '06 08:37:38AM
It's sadly amazing that Microsoft hasn't solved this problem yet.

Give the following a try

http://www.monkeybreadsoftware.de/Freeware/CombinePDFs.shtml

It does the work plus has some very nice extras (removing pages, etc..).

It's Free!
...Or give Openoffice a try. It's slow but reliable and does all the PDF tricks

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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: liyanage on Oct 27, '06 09:53:02AM

This and lots of other PDF-merging tools have already been mentioned in the original hint.

The point of the new solution is specifically *not* to have to use a separate program to merge the PDFs, but to have the printing system do it all automatically during the print job so you end up with one combined PDF as it should come out of MS Word.



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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: paulgreen on Oct 27, '06 09:53:29AM

Unfortunately, it didn't quite work for me. I have a 55-page, 12-section document. The script generated a combined PDF file, but it only included sections 10-12 (corresponds to pages 17-55). If I 'printed' (Merge Word Sections.scrpt) pages 1-16 (i.e. sections 1-9), it would generate a combined PDF file of those sections that were missing when I 'printed' the whole document.

Thanks for your efforts, liyanage; I'd love for this to work.

--Paul



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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: liyanage on Oct 27, '06 02:45:06PM

Paul, did you try the AppleScript or the Python version? Do you get the same effect with both?

I had a similar effect in the Python version and had to add locking logic. The problem was that the printing system started the print jobs in parallel and the script would run while the last invocation wasn't finished yet, thereby overwriting what the previous run did. Do you have a multi-processor Mac?

Anyway, I'd love to improve it so it works in every case. My test document only had 3 sections. Can I have your document to test it with? Or if the contents of the document are sensitive, can you strip it down so it still shows the problem and then send it to me? You can find my e-mail address on my web site's About page.



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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: ChrisH3677 on Oct 27, '06 04:50:17PM

Word doesn't do this anymore on my Mac.

There's only three things that have changed since I last had the splitting problem:

1) I have an Intel Mac now

2) I installed the latest patch for Office recently.

3) I have upgraded Tiger to 10.4.8

I am running Office v.X and the Office update was 10.1.8, and Word says it's SR1

And yes, I've tested, and PDF printing of sectioned documents now creates a single document.

But I don't know which of the above three fixed it.



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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: liyanage on Oct 28, '06 07:28:23AM

Are you sure it works when the sections have different page orientations? That is what seems to trigger it for me, most of my sections are portrait and one section is landscape.



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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: ChrisH3677 on Oct 31, '06 10:26:42PM

I stand corrected. You're right. But I'm sure all documents with section breaks used to do it. Yes?



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Another solution for MS Word multi-section PDFs
Authored by: liyanage on Nov 01, '06 12:26:58AM

I *think* so too but I'm not sure. I'm also not sure if it changed between Office v.x and 2004



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