It's a bit fiddly. You need to experiment a bit, because there are
certain quirks in the process, and I don't remember them all off the top
of my head. For example, you may find that you can only insert a page in
front of an existing page, in which case, you will have to work from the
last document, backwards. I'll assume here that you can insert after an
Copy the first document you want to merge, and open it in Preview. Open
the thumbnails sidebar. Now open the next document, and open its
thumbnails panel. The safest but slowest way to do this is to select
one page at a time from the thumbnails of the second document, and drag
that thumbnail into the thumbnail panel of the first document. Save your
You have to be careful with the positioning of the inserted page,
because you can end up with multiple documents within the target pdf.
You might be Ok with that. This outcome seems to be more likely when you
select multiple pages from the source document. Try it out. Make sure
that, as you complete the merge of one document, you make a separate
copy of the merged result, so that if things subsequently go wrong, you
don't have to start from the beginning.
Let me know how you go.
On 30/01/2014 2:28 am, Cliff Scott wrote:
** Reply to message from Peter West <firstname.lastname@example.org> on Wed, 29 Jan 2014
Could you explain off list how to do it with Preview? I've looked it over and
there is no obvious way I can see to do it. Thanks.
Another way to manipulate PDFs is with PDFBox.
If you're on a Mac, you can just use Preview.
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