So I stick with OS X Preview and built in OS X PDF tools. The main thing I miss is the ability to merge and split PDFs.
There are a few OS X utilities to do merges (and more), but it turns out Automator will do the trick (macosxhints.com).
See the macosxhints writeup for the full story. I saved my script as a Finder Plug-In (stored in \Library\Workflows\Applications\Finder), so now I can select any set of PDFs, choose Merge PDF, and they're assembled into a single (oddly named) file on my desktop. The script appends in alphabetic order, so I use a numeric prefix if I want a particular order.
This is the first Automator script I've tried that's really useful!
This is what my script looks like:
!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">Ok, so that's not very useful. Here's the outline:
- Get Specified Finder Items (don't have any values there when you save the script)
- Sort Finder Items
- Combine PDF pages
- Move Finder Items
- Open Finder Items