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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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