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10.5: Use Preview to merge or create multi-page PDFs
Authored by: robleach on Nov 29, '07 08:10:40AM

This is such a coincidence I read this today because I was just trying to do this exact thing. I couldn't get it to work, so I'd used GraphicConverter's "print folder" feature and chose the option to save as PDF.

However, since I saw the hint, I tried to do it in preview thinking maybe the resolution would be better. I could not get this hint to work. Perhaps I've got some settings in preview which are thwarting this strategy. Here's what I tried.

I have a series of 43 PNG images which I would like to save as a series of pages in a PDF. I can open all the images with Preview such that they all appear in one drawer, but if I try to save it, it only saves the currently displayed single PNG in PNG format. If I try to print to a PDF, it only stores (again) the single PNG which is displayed (in PDF format).

So I tried copying all the files in the finder and doing command-n in Preview, however I end up at the same point as above: I can save 1 PNG or print 1 image to PDF. How do I save them all as pages in 1 PDF document using Preview?

So then I tried taking one of the actual PDF files I'd printed a single image to and tried dragging (from multiple sources, including the finder, another preview window's drawer, and the title bar icons) images into the PDF I'd created (i.e. dragging into the drawer) with the first image. Preview would not let me drop them into the PDF. They'd either jump back to the source drag location or poof away.

What am I doing wrong or are there any required settings for this to work?


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