Assemble JPGs into a PDF?
August 9, 2012 6:10 PM   Subscribe

I have a folder of JPG files. I want to create a PDF with one of those JPGs on each page. I don't want to spend any money. I am using a Windows computer.

I know could insert each JPG into a Word document, followed by a page break, and then save the document as a PDF. But I'm hoping there is free software that will make it easier.
posted by Egg Shen to Technology (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Mail Merge isn't just for addresses or text; in Word you can also use a folder full of pictures.

While it isn't super-trivial, that link should get you there.
posted by mhoye at 6:16 PM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

On my phone so I can't go digging but you can do this directly at the command line with the appropriate Imagemagick command. It's free.
posted by range at 6:18 PM on August 9, 2012

You may be able to do something through Windows Picture and Fax viewer, if you have a PDF printer installed, where you select all the photos you want printed, then instead of choosing a physical printer, you "print" them to PDF.
posted by limeonaire at 6:19 PM on August 9, 2012 [2 favorites]

I do this all the time. If you don't have a pdf printer, install Cute PDF or the like. Then go to the folder, select the images you want, right click and select Print. The rest is pretty obvious.
posted by meinvt at 6:22 PM on August 9, 2012 [3 favorites]

Here are instructions for how to install and configure a set of free Ghostscript utilities in Windows to print straight to PDF.
posted by limeonaire at 6:22 PM on August 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

Oops, yeah, Cute PDF is probably a lot easier.
posted by limeonaire at 6:23 PM on August 9, 2012

I used this. it's ugly but it works.
posted by griphus at 6:24 PM on August 9, 2012 [2 favorites]

pdfforge's Images2PDF does this, and allows you to rearrange the pages of images.
posted by scruss at 6:24 PM on August 9, 2012 [2 favorites]


Exactly what I needed. Many thanks!
posted by Egg Shen at 6:52 PM on August 9, 2012

Let's say you have foo001.jpeg through foo123.jpeg. The following ImageMagick command will convert them all into one multi-page, 300dpi PDF file:

$ convert -density 300 foo*.jpeg foo.pdf
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 7:06 PM on August 9, 2012 [3 favorites]

I used this.

The output I got from Images2PDF had a number of blank pages for some reason. I couldn't figure out why.

Image to PDF Converter Free didn't have the same problem. Unlike Images2PDF, it doesn't preview the JPGs without an extra click. But on the other hand, it doesn't use OpenCandy and doesn't require you to opt out of toolbar cruft when installing. So it's the clear winner here. Thank you.
posted by Egg Shen at 11:57 AM on August 10, 2012

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