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Easily combine images into a single document Apps
I often need to combine a number of .jpg images into a single document. Regrettably, the Windows world always seems to do this by creating a presentation, but I prefer to keep PDF files instead as they are quicker to open. A number of hints have discussed this task, but all that I have seen seem to require specialised software or scripting or both.

In OS X, the easiest way is to open the images in Preview, click in the thumbnail tray, choose Edit->Select All, then File->Print Selected Items. In the print dialog, choose the PDF button, then select the Save as PDF-X item. You'll be asked where to save the file, and you're done.

Another way, if you have Keynote from iWork, is to drag the images onto Keynote's slide thumbnail pane, select all of them, then export them as a PDF. This way, you can also export them as a presentation if you prefer.

Incidentally, if you receive Powerpoint documents that you'd prefer to store as, say, PDF documents instead, just open the document in Keynote and export it as a PDF.

[robg adds: I thought we'd covered this before, but a couple searches on likely terms came up blank, so here it is...]
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2-step Automator Workflow as well
Authored by: ManasTungare on Jan 26, '09 10:28:29PM

If you use this often, you can design an Automator Workflow and save it as an application.

Step 1: Ask for Finder Items, type=Files, allow multiple selection=yes.
Step 2: New PDF from Images.
Optional Step 3: Reveal Finder Items.

An added advantage is that this workflow allows individual page sizes to be the same as each image's dimensions. In all other hints, the PDF pages are all the same size, typically Letter.



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2-step Automator Workflow as well
Authored by: adrianm on Jan 26, '09 10:39:14PM

I was just about to reply with the Automator solution - beat me too it :-)




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Easily combine images into a single document
Authored by: kamath on Jan 26, '09 11:37:21PM

So, why isn't this just the same as combining pages in a PDF document using Preview?

* Show the sidebar in the first image
* Copy the thumbnail
* Create a new document from clipboard
* Show the sidebar in the next image
* drag the thumbnail to the sidebar of the newly created document
* repeat for all images
* Save-as PDF



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Easily combine images into a single document
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 27, '09 07:48:40AM

You don't need keynote. Powerpoint (or in fact any program that can print multiple images one per page) will do it to.



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Easily combine images into a single document
Authored by: cwroton on Jun 28, '09 01:02:20PM

Does this hint require a special version of Preview or OSX? I am using Preview version 3.0.9 and OS 10.4.11
When I open a folder of pictures with Preview, there is no Select All (grayed out)

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Easily combine images into a single document
Authored by: hackeron on Nov 17, '10 01:06:29PM

How do I output the pdf file to the same directory as the images?



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Easily combine images into a single document
Authored by: Antaine on Apr 02, '11 04:36:01PM

I can't seem to get this to work. I have 308 full-page jpeg scans I want to combine into a single pdf document, but following the Preview method described here only gives me a pdf containing the first page in the list. What am I doing wrong?



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Easily combine images into a single document
Authored by: hogan82 on Apr 10, '11 10:54:13AM

Antaine,

You need to make sure you select "File->Print Selected Items" instead of "File->Print." I made the same mistake the first time.



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