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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview Apps
The new Leopard Preview has some great features, including editing and rearranging pages in a PDF file. However, what you might not know is that you can take some number of images and create a single PDF out of those images.

To create a single PDF from multiple TIFF, JPG, or other supported file types, do this:
  1. Open any PDF -- single or multi page, it doesn't matter -- in Preview. You'll remove it later, so any image will do.
  2. Show the sidebar (either Shift-Command-D, or via the menu or toolbar button).
  3. Drag the single page images you want to use to the sidebar. They will be formated one per page.
  4. Select the PDF you opened in step one -- use Shift-Click to select multiple pages, then choose Edit » Delete. Don't worry, this image is not actually erased from your hard drive, just 'deleted' from the sidebar.
  5. Selected File » Save As » PDF, and you're done.
[robg adds: In 10.5.0, you could use any image for step one. In 10.5.1, it seems that only a PDF will work as the first step. And I tested quite a bit to make sure that the delete step doesn't actually delete the source image (my trash can remained empty even after using the delete function, and the original file was still found on the disk).]
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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: Morwen on Nov 16, '07 09:06:34AM

Handy to know, but it would be even handier if it let you drag and drop multiple .pdfs docs into it and join them. I have to scan single pages into .pdfs and combine them in Adobe all the time. Thankfully Adobe 5 still seems to work for that purpose in Leopard.



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: geshirk on Nov 16, '07 09:31:35AM
PDFLab can combine multiple page pdfs.
http://www.iconus.ch/fabien/pdflab/


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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: sweth on Nov 16, '07 11:30:36AM
Combine PDFs is another free app for folks w/o Leopard that allows you to create PDFs by combining, rearranging, or removing pages from PDFs or other image files. PDFLab has a few more features than Combine PDFs (e.g. automatic interleaving/splitting of pages, watermarking, etc.), but Combine PDFs tends to create smaller files in my experience. (Also of note: Combine PDFs creates files that don't have any PDF restrictions (e.g. printing, selecting text), even if the original PDFs do; this would obviously be a feature for some people and a bug for others.) It will be interesting to see how the 10.5 Preview compares w/ those two apps.

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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: gedalin on Nov 16, '07 10:35:20AM

It can. Open one pdf file, change sidebar into thumbnails and drop more pdf files. Then "Save as ...".



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: Satinder S Sidhu on Nov 16, '07 09:28:34AM

You can also do it via the following, potentially safer, actions:

1. Select a file in Finder and Copy.

2. In Preview, File>New From Clipboard (CMD-N) creates a new document that is not in anyway linked to the original (so no fear of deleting that). If your original is a PDF than the new one has the same name, but is not the _same_ document, as you can verify by CMD-clicking the name in the title bar.

3. My results when using the above method with jpegs have been unpredictable: Preview creates an Untitled document which sometimes contains the original jpeg, at others generic Preview document icons in five sizes. You can save either one as a PDF and proceed to add more pages, as described in the original hint.



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: Nem on Nov 16, '07 10:49:19AM

Just be careful to do a "Save As" and not a "Save".

In fact, it would be a good idea to do a "Save As" immediately after opening the first PDF - just be be on the safe side. If you later accidentally select "Save", you won't be blowing away the original PDF.

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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: immenstaad on Nov 17, '07 01:41:11AM

As an alternative you could use GraphicConverter, which allows you to "print" all images in a given folder into a PDF document using the menu "File -> Print Folder".



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: marotron on Jan 26, '10 09:15:06AM

1. open multiple images in one instance of 'preview' application.
2. select the images you want include in your pdf doc (on right side panel)
3. then go to [File] -> [Print selected images] (or press [cmd] + P). On the Print window find 'PDF' button (bottom left), click it and select 'save as PDF'.



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: washtook on Feb 01, '10 05:16:30PM

Here's the easiest and quickest way to combine multiple images into one file/document without using print

Open first image in PREVIEW and save as PDF.

Show the sidebar

Drag the next image onto the thumbnail of the first image in sidebar.

Continue with other images and then SAVE.



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: nathair on Feb 06, '10 01:53:21AM

Hi, I tried. I got everything done as you suggested, it looked right to me, I saved it and after I still had only the first page in PDF .
I have Mac 10.4.11, maybe that's the problem?



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10.5: Create multi-page PDFs from images in Preview
Authored by: jmwhite5 on Aug 26, '12 03:46:39PM

Use the Automator action "New PDF from Images" to create a service that generates a PDF files.



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