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Re: Assembling PDFs into a PDF document?

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  • Subject: [mg121218] Re: Assembling PDFs into a PDF document?
  • From: AES <siegman at>
  • Date: Sun, 4 Sep 2011 18:05:48 -0400 (EDT)
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In article <j3vc2j$ek0$1 at>,
 Bill Rowe <readnews at> wrote:

> On 9/3/11 at 5:55 PM, siegman at (AES) wrote:
> >I guess I'm surprised at the answers I've gotten to this query --
> >thus far, anyway -- which basically say, "You gotta do this by
> >hand".
> You have mis-interpreted the responses you have received. It
> isn't "you gotta do this by hand". Instead, people are telling
> you unless you are doing this often or have a very large number
> of files, it is easier/more efficient to do this by hand.
> >All I want to do is, in essence, import a bunch of files; concatenate
> >'em (without in any way opening, "reading" or in any way processing
> >them); and re-export the concatenated file.
> There are a variety of third party apps available for the Mac
> that will do just this. Many are free or minimal cost.

All right -- I guess what's surprised me is that no one so far has 
come up with a few lines of simple and straightforward Mathematica 
coding that can do this job simply and quickly.

After all, one is supposed to be able to carry out one's _entire_ work 
flow of analysis, calculation, _and publication_ (including the 
inclusion of externally generated or provided content), entirely in 
Mathematica -- is that not the mantra?  

I just want to make a Mathematica-generated publication, to be 
exported in PDF format, that will actually have almost no Mathematica 
generated content -- maybe a title page or ToC -- but include a lot of 
externally generated content, in the form of PDF files.

As I eventually realized, Plain TeX can do this easily.

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