Date: May 13, 2012.


 1.  Introduction
 2.  The modus pdfselect
 3.  The modus pdfmerge
 4.  Errors
 5.  Requirements
 6.  Download Links
 7.  Links

1. Introduction

Pdfselect allows to extract pages from a single pdf file or from multiple files and to combine these pages to a new pdf file.

2. The modus pdfselect

There are two ways to use Pdfselect. The first modus is called pdfselect, and it is applicable, when the source is a single pdf document, which has to be opened in Preview. Note that the document has to be the front document in Preview.

Clicking then either the button „run pdfselect“ or „run pdfselect + open pdf“ in Pdfselect’s main window will open a dialogue window where you specify which pages should be extracted by entering the page numbers as a list, e.g., the list


entered in a dialogue window, will produce a pdf file containing the pages 3  , 7 - 23  , and page 1  in that order. The paper size will be that of the original file. The string „-“ will insert all pages, „4- “ all pages starting with page 4.

Getting the path of a displayed pdf file from Preview requires „UI Scripting“, i.e., in „System Preferences/Universal Access“ the option „Enable access for assistive devices“ has to be checked.

The new pdf file formed by combining the extracted pages will be named by adding a suffix to the name of the original file (original name-suffix). The default suffix is 1  , but you a given the option to choose an arbitrary suffix.

3. The modus pdfmerge

The second modus can be used in case of a single source file or in case of multiple source files. Pdfselect then merges the selected pages into a common pdf file named according to your wishes. The pdf files are chosen with the help of standard open file dialogues and the page selection follows the identical rules as explained in the previous section.

The merged pdf file will be saved in

~/Library/Application Support/Pdfselect/merge

4. Errors

When an error occurs then Pdfselect will beep. The most likely cause for an error will be a page selection that doesn’t exist in the respective document.

5. Requirements

Pdfselect requires Mac OS 10.6 or newer.

6. Download Links

Pdfselect in the Mac App Store: Pdfselect

7. Links

Flashmode, RAMDisk, Pdfselect Pro, TEX Scripts, TeXOnline