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Import PDF files via Dock icon drop method

486 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 28, 2012 9:30 AM by Hamper RSS
Hamper Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 12, 2012 5:21 PM

I tried dropping a PDF onto Aperture's Dock icon so that the imported file could be configured to import each page in TIFF for example, but since having performed this operation once I find now that every subsequent time I import a PDF this way the options do not appear.

 

How do I get those import options back?

 

Thanks.

MacBook (13-inch Late 2007), Mac OS X (10.7.3), 4GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 8:29 AM (in response to Hamper)

    What happens when you do the drop now?

     

    I've done this in the past, going back to SL, and its always worked for me. I'm now on ML. What version of Aperture are you using?

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 12:31 PM (in response to Hamper)

    Try the following - this works for me with AP 3.4.1 - a variation of Frank's smart trick:

     

    • Select your pdf in the Finder,
    • ctrl-click it,
    • select "Open with" from the pop-up menu
    • select "other, all applications"
    • then navigate to "Aperture" in the file chooser window

     

    Regards

    Léonie

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  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,745 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 3:37 PM (in response to Hamper)

    Just to make sure I retried this again and no matter how many times I do  dropping a multi page PDF on the Aperture icon opens the import PDF window. It even worked if Aperture was open ( which I didn't expect).

     

    The only time I did not get the window is if the PDF is a single page, then the first  (and only page) is rendered as an image.

     

    You might try moving Aperture preference file out to the desktop and see if that makes a difference but I doubt it will.

     

    Sorry I don;t have more,

     

    regards

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 4:46 PM (in response to Frank Caggiano)

    I tried this now on both my MBPs Intel Core i7 - both AP 3.4.1, both MacOS X 10.8.2.

     

    On the older one, late 2011, I could get the open-dialog only by ctrl-click and "open with" when importing pdfs; on the newer one every pdf-import by dragging onto the Aperture icon brings up the import dialog, even for pdfs with only one page, no matter, if Aperture is running or not.

    I cannot see any differences in the Aperture settings on both machines - very puzzling.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)
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    Oct 27, 2012 11:52 PM (in response to léonie)

    Added:

    After rebooting my older MBP because of network problems both MBPs now show the same behaviour - any pdf I drag to the Aperture Dock icon will make the Import dialog window pop up - for all pdf files no matter what the number of pages is or if Aperture is running or not.

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