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10.4: Use Automator to combine PDFs
Authored by: ptsii on Aug 10, '05 10:00:47PM

I don't know what Automator you all are using, but this hint doesn't work for me at all.

First problem:

The step "Finder: Open Finder Items (Open with Default Application)." refuses to connect to the output of the previous step ("Combine PDF pages"). The help file says to 'choose "Use results from Previous Action" from the pop-up menubar'. The popup menubar does not give that as a possible option. It only allows for moving it to a different position (e.g., "Move before Get Selected Finder Items"), disable, rename, or delete. Sorry, but no "use results from Previous Action". What is up?

Second problem:
I tried replacing 'Open Finder Items..." with "Launch Application" (for which I selected Preview). This connects automatically with the output of the "combine..." step, but when I run the workflow, it executes with no errors, opens preview, but displays nothing. No file appears to be created on the disk (as far as I can tell).

Any thoughts about what I'm doing wrong?

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10.4: Use Automator to combine PDFs
Authored by: arnski on Aug 11, '05 07:23:12AM

I have the exact same Problems - the output of "combine pdf" does not fit the input of "open finder items".. so i won´t get a new pdf-document!
Even a spotlight search reveals no combined document anywhere on my mac.

Help appreciated!

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10.4: Use Automator to combine PDFs
Authored by: después on Oct 16, '05 04:53:32AM
Yes, the "Open Finder Items" doesn't seem to accept the combined pdf output, in Automator. But when I run the workflow, it does what it's supposed to do and passes the combined file to Preview which is a PDF in a temporary folder with a temporary name. I can then save it within Preview with another name or copy it with Finder to where I want to have it.
Maybe there could be other, more automatic ways of doing things but for me that's enough, I'm not doing it every day;)
Spotlight doesn't reveal the temporary PDF because it is in a hidden folder, in which Spotlight doesn't index at all.
If it really doesn't work for you, you could watch the /tmp folder while you're combining the PDFs. That's a hidden folder, but you can easily step inside with the Finder, Go > Go to Folder... and just write there /tmp.

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