I have a large collection of old family photos (1000s of them). I need to get these into individual image files for a portrait project.

I have an iphone and a mac, nothing else available to me.

I found that I can use the Files app to scan individual photos in a fairly efficient manner. The problem is that it only allows you to export it into one giant PDF file.

So then I am stuck with finding a way to extract each image individually from the PDF file which will take an extremely long time.

I feel that there is an alternative strategy I can follow that will allow me to avoid having to manually create each image file (i.e. by copy and pasting it from the PDF file).

I know that the Files iphone app scanning step is a manual step, but that is not really avoidable, and it is very fast. The app automatically crops and captures the photo allowing me to scan them very fast. The problem is just going from that step to individual image files.

  • An iPhone is not the tool for this. You need a scanner with a feed that can do at least 600dpi resolution. They aren’t expensive and will be the right tool for the job
    – Allan
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 2:01
  • yes but that is the constraints of the question , using something else is out of scope. i can't afford other tools or a service Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 2:04
  • even if i could lets answer the question at hand Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 2:05
  • Use the regular camera app instead. It takes photos after all
    – Allan
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 2:13
  • true that is one option, but that would slow it down immensely -- the files app automatically focuses, crops, and snaps the photo, with no user input required, allowing me to go from one photo to the next without touching my phone at all. this is huge for efficiency. Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 2:14

1 Answer 1


Use File Juicer

File Juicer is a general purpose utility which extracts objects from PDFs (and other container formats). Just open your PDF with File Juicer and in moments you will have a folder alongside the PDF which includes all your images as both JPG and TIFF.

You will need to pay for it (around $20 in the the US) - the trial adds a watermark to any images. I paid 10? years ago and have never had to pay for an upgrade.

  • 1
    what an apt name Commented Apr 21, 2023 at 2:48
  • i finished my project using this, worked perfectly, 20$ well spent Commented May 5, 2023 at 22:50
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    Glad it worked for you.
    – Gilby
    Commented May 5, 2023 at 22:53

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