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How can I combine two PDFs in Preview?

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First, you can only merge pdf if they are not protected, if this is the okay :

  1. Open both pdf
  2. Enable the sidebar in each windows of Preview, then select "Thumbnails" view
  3. Drag & drop the cover (inside the sidebar) of one pdf into the sidebar of the other pdf.

With this method, you can completely merge two pdf or selectively drag & drop the pages you want to merge to create a completely custom new pdf.

You can also extract pages from one pdf still using the same manipulation, but drag & drop to the Desktop.

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With "Toggle the sidebar" you probably meant "Enable the sidebar" or something like that (i.e., make it visible). –  Jonik Aug 29 '10 at 11:19
    
@Jonik : Yeas, of course. I changed it. –  Studer Aug 29 '10 at 19:01
    
Very nice! I've always used a java-based "PDF Split & Merge" utility, but this sounds easier. –  khedron Aug 30 '10 at 5:52
    
Wow, awesome tip. Didn't realise you could do this. Fab. –  Chops Aug 31 '10 at 19:42
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I know you asked for 'Preview' solutions, but in case you're interested in a command-line tool:

alias pdfjoin='/System/Library/Automator/Combine\ PDF\ Pages.action/Contents/Resources/join.py'

Then you can do things like

pdfjoin -o out.pdf file1.pdf file2.pdf ...
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Here's a detailed explanation of how to use Automator. It looks complicated but it only took me a couple of minutes to reproduce it on my computer...

http://www.documentsnap.com/how-to-combine-pdf-files-in-mac-osx-using-automator-to-make-a-service/

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Another way is with Automator. You can combine many pages into one PDF with that. It has a "Combine PDF Pages" action.

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This is the simplest way in my opinion.

http://www.convert-jpg-to-pdf.net/

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