Skip navigation

Batch convert to pdf

3355 Views 12 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 7:41 AM by PeterBreis0807 RSS
Tom Murray2 Level 4 Level 4 (1,155 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Feb 5, 2011 8:56 AM
Is there a way to batch convert several single page, Pages documents to individual pdfs or a multi-page pdf?
Thanks.
MacPro 2.66 24" LED Display, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 12 G RAM, MBP 17"/2.8 core 2 duo, 10.6.5, 8 G RAM, Canon 5D, 50D, G11
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 5, 2011 1:09 PM (in response to Tom Murray2)
    Question asked and answered several times.

    If you search for key string like *_batch AND convert_* I guess that you will get threads in which I described my batchconvert… scripts.

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) samedi 5 février 2011 22:09:50
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,450 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 5, 2011 3:11 PM (in response to Tom Murray2)
    2 methods:

    1. *In Pages* open all the documents and copy paste the Thumbnails:

    +Menu > View > Page Thumbnails+

    into the Thumbnails of one document, print /export that to pdf.

    2. *In Preview .app* open all the pdfs:

    +Menu > Sidebar > Show Sidebar+

    drag all the thumbnails into one pdf and save that with a new name.

    Peter
    Aluminium iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.6), The closest you'll ever get to there, is here.
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,450 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 5, 2011 4:15 PM (in response to Tom Murray2)
    Save/Export them to pdfs as per the tip. You must use this method if the documents are different page sizes and/or orientation.

    Both methods are about the same steps. Although if your intention is to have a single starting document, forming that up in Pages is the way to go.

    btw Why did you make separate documents if you want them all in one?

    Peter
    Aluminium iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.6), The closest you'll ever get to there, is here.
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 5, 2011 6:38 PM (in response to Tom Murray2)
    You could use my version of #2 which does not involve opening all of the PDFs. Open the one you want as the first page & show the side bar, then select all of the other PDFs in Finder & drag the icons onto the icon of PDF #1 in its sidebar. All of the other PDFs will be added in the order they are sorted in Finder.

    If PDF #1 has more than one page you can drop the others anywhere within the blue-bordered area. The line, as at the bottom of this screenshot will show you were you are dropping them.

    If you don't drop the icons (either from Finder or another PDF's sidebar) in the blue-bordered area, Preview will not make a combined PDF.



    24" 2.4GHz iMac; 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz; G5 2.3G Hz; 3GS iPhone; 3G iPad;, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 2GB iPod nano, 30GB 5G iPod, 17" G5 iMac, G4/700 iMac, PB 1400, Apple IIgs
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 5, 2011 6:57 PM (in response to Tom Murray2)
    I figured someone else (Yvan, maybe?) had helped or would help with the conversion.

    24" 2.4GHz iMac; 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz; G5 2.3G Hz; 3GS iPhone; 3G iPad;, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 2GB iPod nano, 30GB 5G iPod, 17" G5 iMac, G4/700 iMac, PB 1400, Apple IIgs
  • oyster cake Calculating status...
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 1, 2013 4:49 AM (in response to Peggy)

    Sorry I'm a newbie here.

     

    Can someone enlighten me "step by step" what to do with the script?

    I tried to copy and paste into apple script editor but nothing seems to happen after that

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 1, 2013 5:30 AM (in response to oyster cake)

    You double click on the script and it will open in the script editor. Then you will be able to get instruction both in french and english.

  • oyster cake Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 1, 2013 6:26 AM (in response to fruhulda)

    Thanks for the reply!

     

    Do you mean copy and paste the scripts into script editor? I saved it and double clicked the script file and the script editor re-opened.

     

    I was asking about how to use the script to batch convert Pages files into pdfs. I know KOENIG Yvan shared with us some scripts, but what do I do after entering it into the script editor?

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,450 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Feb 1, 2013 7:41 AM (in response to oyster cake)

    You save them as scripts to run from the Script Editor, or in Automator, or a Scripts menu on the menubar, or as an Application to run when you double click on it, or as a Droplet to drop files onto, that then get acted on by the script. You can even run them from Terminal.

     

    Peter

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.