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** Reply to message from Peter West <> on Thu, 30 Jan 2014
11:53:32 +1000

Thanks Peter. It works as you described. The quirk to watch out for is to
drag the page to be inserted after the existing page and NOT below the cutoff
line on the thumbnail list. If you put it below the line then when you save,
what is below the line is not saved.  If above the line then it is all as
advertised. I selected all the pages I wanted to copy at once since they were
going to be at the end of the initial document. Worked slick.


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 
existing page.

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 
resulting document.

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 <> on Wed, 29 Jan 2014
23:04:39 +1000


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.

Peter West
"Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it..."

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