I use Inkscape quite a bit to produce presentations. Since Inkscape doesn't handle multiple pages, I end up with a lot of individual .svg files. I then have to open each one and 'save as' a PDF to then import them all into preview. Which is kind of a pain.

Ideally preview would support SVG, but until then, I was wondering if there was a native OSX app I could use to just drop SVG files onto and have it spit out PDF versions. Anyone know if it exists?


If you have inkscape installed you can use its command line interface to convert svg to pdf.

/Applications/Inkscape.app/Contents/Resources/bin/inkscape test.svg --export-pdf test.pdf

Using Automator you'll be able to make a simple app that accept drag'n'drop.

Look for run shell script.


I used Automator to create an app that converts multiple JPGs into a single PDF. And, frankly, I don't know how to use Automator or AppleScript barely at all so if I could manage it, you probably can, too. Do a Google search for applescript + convert image OR pdf and you'll likely run across the same bits of script I did.

  • Automator appears to be the answer. Alas, I'm lost. I did find this example: faq-mac.com/tutoriales/… but I just get 'an error has occurred in your script' when I run it. Thanks for the lead, though. Off to investigate more... – DA. Aug 19 '14 at 16:43

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