Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2011 7:38 AM (in response to chaparra)
Use 'Automator (applications > automator.app).
Type 'get specified finder' in the little search box.
From the list drag 'get specified finder files' into the the panel on the right. Click 'options' and check 'Show this action when the workflow runs'.
Next type 'combine pdf' in the search box, and drag 'Combine pdf pages' into the panel on the right underneath the previous one.
Save the workflow to your apps folder.
Whenever you want to merge any pdfs, click on the workflow. Add the pdfs to the dialogue box, click 'Run' in the top left of Automator. To find the resulting merged pdf, click 'Results'.
This is no doubt a clumsy way of doing it, but it works.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2011 8:03 AM (in response to softwater)
Thank you. I was trying that but it says that "No Results Produced" It gives one warning: "Combine PDF Files was not supplied with the required data" I am doing exactly as you said, and I can see the PDF files in the "Get Specified Finder Items" window. I see that you have Snow Leopard; could it be that it doesn't work in the Lion OS? I have wasted so much time with this; I need this urgently. Thank you again.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2011 9:51 AM (in response to chaparra)
That error message means that something's not set up correctly in the first action (the 'get specified files' action) which is what supplies the data for the combine pdf action. You will get that message if you haven't specified any files in the first action or if you specified files that weren't pdfs.
Are you sure you added pdfs in the first action?
Also, make sure you have 'appending pages' and not 'shuffling pages' selected in the 'combine documents by' option in the second action.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2011 11:42 AM (in response to chaparra)
Thank you so much!!!! I greatly appreciate it.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 26, 2011 1:28 PM (in response to chaparra)
What previous version? Merging PDFs is pretty much the same as it was in Snow Leopard (which is slightly different than it was in Leopard). Automator is not needed. If the target PDF has more than one page, the side bar has a line at the end denoting the end of the document. Be sure to drag the new pages somewhere above that line to merge the documents. If there is only one page, the line doesn't appear. So point the dragged pages onto its icon so that it highlights.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2012 7:22 AM (in response to Jeffrey Jones2)
I'm on Lion v10.7.3 and Preview v5.5.1 and I no longer see the + symbol when trying to merge PDF's. Also the line keeps shifting which just shifts the order of the PDF's, but not merging them. It seems like Apple is going backwards on this functionality. Merging PDF's were so much easier in Leopard and Snow Leopard.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 16, 2012 12:21 AM (in response to chaparra)
Jeffrey Jones2 has the key here: you can combine pdf files by dragging into the preview window, but if you're combining one or more pages into a file with only one page, you have to drag the new file onto the icon in the sidebar.
If your existing PDF already has multiple pages the interface makes a little more sense; there's a line underneath the last page in the sidebar and as long as you drag the new file above that line, it will add to that PDF. Then you can just hit CMD-S.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 9:04 AM (in response to jedfarlow)
I'm attempting to merge two one-page pdf documents. Unfortunately, dragging the new file "onto the icon in the sidebar" did not work. The slipperly little icon keeps moving up and down, not allowing another single-page document to be layed on top of it.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 9:11 AM (in response to TimH2)
Ah, my problem is fixed. The docs were NOT pdfs, but jpegs. Oops. For those with a similar problem, you'll need to convert to PDF first, then combine. To convert from jpeg to pdf, select the document in preview, select export, and select pdf.