If you’ve ever been given a pdf file that you want to edit, or a pdf form that you need to complete and return electronically, you’ll realise that it’s not obvious how to edit a pdf file in OS X. You can make simple changes to a pdf file using the free built in Preview App that comes free with OS X. Here’s how.
Apple’s built in pdf reader app called ‘Preview’ can merge 2 PDF files and edit PDF files. It used to be tricky to merge two PDF files ( read some of my old articles here) but in macOS Sierra 10.12 it’s easier than ever. All you need to do is drag the thumbnails that you want to merge from one PDF document to the other and then save the document. You don’t need to buy any extra software. It is built right into OS X.
Read on for some screenshots of what this looks like.
Here is a simple video of how to merge two files in OS X. I have previously described how to do this but some people are finding it a bit difficult so this video should help you out!
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flW6CJPqPK4&w=400 ]
Apple have retained the ability to merge two PDF files with the built in ‘preview’ app in OSX El Capitan. As with previous versions of OS X, there are 3 different ways that you can do this. 1. You can merge them into 1 document in Preview as you are opening them. 2. You can open them as seperate documents in Preview then merge them by printing them to one pdf file. 3. You can open them as seperate documents in Preview and drag pages from one to the other. Continue reading 〉
OS X has a built in application that lets you open and read pdf files. It is called Preview. If you click on a pdf file it will automatically open in Preview.
Thankfully with OS X Yosemite (OSX 10.10) it’s really easily merge 2 pdf files with the built in OS X Preview app.
From within preview you can add more pages to the pdf file. When you save the pdf file these extra pages are combined so that all the extra pages are merged with the original pdf.
With Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8) Apple have made it even simpler to join two pdf files together – you just need to drag any pdf file into the thumbnail window of an existing pdf file and the two will be merged together!
Note: this is different for different versions of OS X.
For older versions of OS X (10.6-10.7) click here.
I have just downloaded a PDF magazine. It comes as double pages. That is, the first page is a single A4 portrait page, the second and third pages are two a4 pages combined into an A3 landscape page, and so on. Now I have tried to view it on a number of ebook readers on the iPad but non of them can handle two pages side by side. I want to read in portrait mode, and read one page at a time.
In portrait mode if I view a double page it squishes it up to take just half the screen. If I zoom in, the zoom resets back to small when I change to the next page.
There seem to be hundreds of ebook readers out there. Anyone found one that handles double a4 pages?
(I’ve tried iBooks, Kindle, Blio, Kobo and iPdf and none of them work!)