Dec 28

elcapitan

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 two different ways that you can do this. When you open 2 or more PDF documents in preview, depending on how you open them, preview will merge them together into one document OR  it can open them as two separate documents.  If they are merged then all you need to do is save, but if they have not merged then you need to print them to a new PDF file. Here’s how to tell if they have merged or not. Continue reading »

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Sep 21

system_4.0

You may remember back in the day of Macintosh SE, System 6,  Apple ImageWriter,  Claris Works  and so on that you could print across several pages easily and make a banner.  That beautiful feature is completely missing from OS X, even though we are now up to OS X version 10!

There is a way to print across multiple pages though.  Save  your document as a PDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader (it’s free), and from there you can print it across multiple pages.

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Jul 29

yosemite

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.

 

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Jun 20

Double-sided

Quite often I receive  a document to print double sided but I receive it as two single PDF files.  Other times I have two  documents that came from two different applications (for example one from pages and one from numbers)  and I want to print them back-to-back on one piece of paper using my double sided printer.  Here’s how to print to PDF files together using OS X Preview.

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Mar 15

Merge 2 pdf files

With every release of OS X Apple seems to slightly change the way to merge two pdf documents. I’ve previously written on how to merge 2 pdf files in Mountain Lion (10.8) and how to merge two pdf files in Lion or earlier. Here’s how to do it in OS X 10.9 Mavericks.  Continue reading »

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Feb 12

keyboard

Here’s how to customise your own Keyboard shortcuts for any OSX application menus. Continue reading »

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Feb 09

pages

Here’s how to share a pages document with a PC user. Continue reading »

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Jan 29

spotlight

Spotlight has been round for years but if you’re like me you may not be using it as well as you can. Here’s an example of a recent search I did that might help you learn some  features of spotlight. Continue reading »

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