Combine PDF Files For Free

by Bum

Apple Automator TipsWho knew this unknown little Automator could be so cool? I’ve heard things and seen things about automating in OSX but I’ve never had the time to really check this little guy out.

Well, I recently needed to combine a group of PDF files into a book. The freeware I had been using ran out and wanted me to pay up to continue using it. I thought to myself there has to be a better way. After doing some snooping around I discovered that PDF combining could be done right on my Mac with no external software needed.

If you have a Mac, just use Automator to combine two or more PDF files into a single PDF document.


First, find any of the PDF files you want to combine. Next, open Automator. (You’ll find the icon in your Applications folder). When Automator opens, choose Folder Action. Locate the files you want to use in an open window and drag them into the Automator window. Find “Combine PDF Pages” from the left menu and double click. Also find “Open Finder Items” from the left menu and double click.

You should now have three Folder Actions in the window. Lastly, click on the “Run” button in the top right corner of the window. Your new PDF document will open automatically and you will be able to view it. Use “Save As” to name it and save it in a folder of your choosing.

That’s it! I know, simple Simon! Hope that helps.

I’ll have more Automator tips as I find or use them. This is going to be cool! Join my mailing list for the best Apple tips.

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