By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy , Privacy Policy , and our Terms of Service. Stack Overflow for Teams is a private, secure spot for you and your coworkers to find and share information. I'm using Automator to combine PDF files, but can't figure out how to automate saving the resulting file to the same folder. Instead, it asks me where to put the file. I've seen other solutions where people are Getting and Setting Variable Values, but when I've tried, it only seems that I'm naming the variables, not actually telling the program where to get the values. In my case, I was creating a variable called "folderPath" and trying to pass that along to the Move Finder Items action.

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By request, these are updated instructions for using your Mac to combine your research photos into a PDF. For more on digital research workflows, see here , here , and here. If you have a Mac, you own a robot! It does pretty much what the name implies: It bundles little actions and makes them easy to repeat and perform on a lot of files.

That means that to your series of actions becomes a standalone application. To run it, you double-click on your icon or drag some files onto it. The Automator interface is actually pretty simple. The far left pane 1 contains categories of actions you might want to run. So, really, not too complicated! First, you need a way to feed Automator the files you want it to alter. Under the Files and Folders category in pane 1 , find the Ask for Finder Items action in pane 2 and drag it into pane 3.

This means that the first thing that Automator will do is ask you which files you want it to modify. Happily, the latest version of Automator comes with an action that does exactly what we want! Select it and drag it into pane 3.

In the Output File Name box, call it something that makes sense to you. You can even tell Automator where to save your new PDF, if you want. Unless you specified a different place to save it, your big PDF should be waiting for you on your desktop, simple as that.

Cool, huh? Give it a shot! This is a very useful Automator script, but I am finding that the size of the resulting image-based PDF file is rather big. My PDF is much larger than the sum of its parts, and I am not entirely sure why.

I wonder what effective ways exist of compressing PDF files? You rock! It is a shame however that you have to use IOS to use it. If you switch computers a lot work and private it could be more useful to use an online converter for this. If I can, I use Automator. It is free as well and, just like Automator, very easy to use.

Your email address will not be published. Skip to content By request, these are updated instructions for using your Mac to combine your research photos into a PDF.

Open Automator. From the pop-up menu, select Workflow. Assemble your actions 1. Assemble your actions 2. Run your workflow. Save your workflow. Play with some options. Why i cant select select all the photos in a folder? Automator works better then I thought! Thanks Miriam! Pingback: Using digital photography to capture archival material: some tips and tools Bodleian History Faculty Library at Oxford. Anyone have any ideas why Automator creates such large PDFs?

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Combining PDFs using an Automator Workflow

It doesn't have to be difficult to make your Mac automatically perform repetitive or tedious tasks for you. Apple's free Automator app on every Mac has a plethora of functions that take one step to set up and then work for you forever. None of us have that much time in the day to fiddle about adjusting some setting or other on our Macs. Yet, if you do make yourself take a few minutes today, you can save much more time every single day from now on. You will unquestionably get through your work faster and you very easily may be able to save time for your colleagues too. The Mac is able to take over tasks that are tedious and you do every day with Automator.


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I exported a piece of coursework for a family member and it exported into five different PDF files. Having looked online I found it was because the user had switched between landscape and portrait in the page layout section of the document. There were a few different ways to work around this and I decided I would use an app called Automator which is installed on Mac computers. In this blog post I will show you how to use Automator to combine different PDFs with just one click. First step is to launch Automator and select the service template, you can do this by using the spotlight search. Now we need to drag in some Automator actions into the workflow.

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Use Automator to combine your research photos into one PDF

Today I was sent a license agreement as a 6 page pdf file, I was asked to sign the document and send it back. All very well but I was in a hurry and wanted to get to work a little faster than the postal service might allow. I have a scanner so I figured I could sign a copy of the last page then scan it and convert to pdf. I could have then sent the original license pdf plus the last page by email but that did seem a little unprofessional. So then how to combine the signed page with the rest of the pages of the license agreement? Well opening the original pdf in Preview I could select pages 1 to 5 to print and then use the "Save as pdf" option from the "PDF" button so create a new pdf with just the first 5 pages.


Combining PDFs using Automator

The scanner I use does. However, what happens when you have multiple PDFs that really should go in one document? How do you combine PDFs together? There are a million ways to do this, including some I have talked about before like using Preview. At the top of the window at the right, change the Service receives selected dropdown to PDF files.

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