PDF creator (freeware)

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  1. Sic macrumors 6502

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    hey, i did a search and couldn't find anything so sorry if i've overlooked it. what's the best/a decent freeware app for creating pdf's in OSX? you can probably tell from this post that i'm a pdf n00b :eek:!!
     
  2. rugbyboy macrumors member

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    All in the Box

    All th stuff you need to create PDF's is built it

    Go to print and select 'save as...' from the PDF drop down at the bottom left

    You can rearrange orders, compile and all that by using automator actions

    Hope this helps
     
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    OS X can create PDFs. When you click on Print from the File menu or hit Command-P, look at the lower left corner of the print dialog box. You'll see a menu called "PDF" click on the menu, and the first option you'll see is "Save as PDF..."

    Click it and be done!

    Edit: Missed it by THAT much!
     
  4. Sic thread starter macrumors 6502

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    oh awesome! everyday's a schoolday, eh?! :p

    thanks for the advice, guys :)
     
  5. ToddW macrumors 6502a

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    OSX does create PDFs but does not merge them. I use PDF lab to merge different pages of stuff I have scanned in, for faxing and stuff. It is a pretty good utility.
     
  6. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    As mentioned earlier, it's not hard to throw together an Automator workflow to merge PDFs.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I've tried, without any success. PDFLab and free, and very easy to use. I highly recommend it.
     
  8. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    One thing I've done in the past to merge PDF files is best described as a clever hack. It works, though - I've only tried it with images. Basically, you open TextEdit, paste the individual pages into the document, then print the result to a PDF. Presto, multi-page PDF.
     
  9. decksnap macrumors 68040

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    Here's a workflow I made for merging. Seems to work well.

    Put it in your User > Library > Workflows > Applications > Finder and it'll be contextual in the finder.
     

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  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Thanks, I'll give it a try.
     
  11. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    I guess I should have added to my message that I actually don't use Automator for merging PDFs, I use the simple and effective Combine PDFs.
     
  12. donb123 macrumors newbie

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    Old but great thread.

    This has answered two of my PDF on the Mac questions.

    Thanks to the original contributors.
     
  13. mikelly321 macrumors newbie

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    pdf creator

    what if you want to keep embedded quicktimes in your textedit files when you print as pdf's. anyone know a solution for that?

    Mike
     
  14. Tomorrow macrumors 604

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    Should I be alarmed that this path doesn't exist on my iMac?

    I can get to Library but there's no Workflows folder.
     
  15. pit29 macrumors 6502a

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    Open the PDFs in Preview, show page thumbnails, and then drag-and-drop the thumbnails to merge / rearrange... Easy, :apple:
     
  16. mikelly321 macrumors newbie

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    pit29:
    what if you want to keep embedded quicktimes in your textedit files when you print as pdf's. do you know a solution for that?

    Mike
     
  17. Am3822 macrumors 6502

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    Do you want to embed QT movies into PDF files? It can be done using LaTeX -- but that might be a bit of an overkill.
     
  18. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    That's what I use as well.
     
  19. mikelly321 macrumors newbie

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  20. paulboyle macrumors newbie

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    pdfs

    I am a new mac convert and find nearly everything better. However, the creation of pdfs has stumped me. I created a word file which included some pages as portrait and some landscape and the pdf creation separated these into different files. Yes, I could drag-and-drop, but surely there is a way of creating one file automatically? Perhaps I need some other software? Any suggestions gratefully received.
     
  21. R.R.Mac macrumors regular

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    combine PDF's is probably the best application I have ever used to combine PDF's or even just normal images. I did my own workflow in automator but it muddled up the page numbers and using adobe professional takes too much time!!
     
  22. goyalparul macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I am a new mac convert.. I am having prbs with pdf conversion. when i convert a spreadsheet into pdf, the cells do not merge completely.
    Appreciate the help...
     
  23. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What do you mean?
     
  24. chunli macrumors newbie

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    old thread but helpful for new mac convert..

    TextEdit works great as u can attach files, adjust TextEdit window as desired and then save as PDF.

    thanks to wrldwzrd89 for the tip :apple:
     
  25. giodrakes macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!!!! This worked wonders for me. Learn something new every day :D
     

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