Resolved I need to convert 100's of old Pages docs to PDF

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  1. talmy, Jan 5, 2015
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2015

    talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

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    Pages is a bad archiving format -- Pages '09 is the last version that will open Pages documents prior to Pages '09, of which I've got hundreds. The latest Pages won't open them, nor will any other programs I've got.

    Now I could open up one at a time, and print to PDF to the same folder. This would take hours of tedious and boring effort.

    What I'm looking for is some utility or perhaps AppleScript or Automator program that will do this for me -- find all Pages documents in a folder hierarchy and convert them.

    My investigation into this has only yielded that there is an embedded PDF in the document file (which is actually a ZIP archive) that can be extracted, however I've found that's only true for Pages '09 docs, not earlier ones, and simply opening and saving the old docs with Pages '09 won't create that PDF. :(
     
  2. robgendreau macrumors 68030

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  3. hallux macrumors 68020

    hallux

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    An Automator script may work also. I don't have Pages 09 to try one out though.

    I think it even works to the point that you could drag the file to the script on your desktop and it runs automatically.
     
  4. talmy thread starter macrumors 601

    talmy

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    Just tried it and it works (and quickly!)

    Thanks!

    For the record -- this is an Automator Script that contains (among other things) an AppleScript that runs Pages '09 through its paces.
     

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