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    How to combine PDF files into one document?

    I'm using the ForScore app to read music. I can scan my music score one sheet at a time into individual PDF files. Now I need to combine them into a book (to load into ForScore via iTunes)

    How can I do this? thanks!

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    After searching other forums, I finally found some possible solutions.

    If you're a Mac user (which I'm not) then it's as simple as dragging/dropping files into the Preview screen.

    If you're a Windows user, there are free tools such as PDFBinder, PDFSam, etc. You can also buy Adobe Acrobat, which does all things PDF (for a fee).

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    Glad you got it figured out. Afraid I had a bit of tunnel vission when I read this the first time; was only considering solutions on the iPad itself, and did not know any. Preview on the Mac is what I use, but I've heard of the others.

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    Follow up question: Is there a way to scan pages directly to the iPad as PDF files and have some iPad app collate those individual pages into a book?

    Right now I have to:

    1. scan the pages to a memory card
    2. transfer them to my HP laptop
    3. collate/bind them into a book
    4. load the book into iTunes
    5. add book to the app I'm using them for

    Lots of steps :-(

    btw, my printer/scanner also has a USB port, so theoretically I can hook up either my laptop or the iPad to it directly.

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    Scanner Pro is an iPhone app, but it will work with the iPad 2. The quality is low, lower on the iPad due to the camera's limitations, but you can create multi-page PDF files from a series of pictures. Calling it a book would be far fetched.

    I dont' know of any way to use a real scanner with the iPad. The Camera Connection Kit on the iPad does not support printers, let alone scanners.

    I can think a few other workflows, but they all need a computer at some point, and will need a similar number of steps.
    Last edited by twerppoet; 04-18-2011 at 05:05 PM. Reason: Change USB port to Camera Connection Kit

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    I use JotNot pro on the iPhone. Once all the pages have been scanned with the camera, the PDF goes to dropbox. Forscore imports from dropbox and it's done.
    This seems to be the path of least resistance for me. JotNot gets around the trouble of scanning pages to big for a scanner. Resizing is never a problem although that seems to be a feature of Forscore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by variador View Post
    I use JotNot pro on the iPhone. Once all the pages have been scanned with the camera, the PDF goes to dropbox. Forscore imports from dropbox and it's done.
    This seems to be the path of least resistance for me. JotNot gets around the trouble of scanning pages to big for a scanner. Resizing is never a problem although that seems to be a feature of Forscore.
    Thanks a million. This looks like the perfect app for what I'm doing.

    Of course, if I had an iPad2 with a built-in camera it would be even simpler. (theoretically)

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    I am using "PDFCombine"
    PDF Combine: combine PDF files
    Think before you Sync Since you may Sink
    The More Tweaks you have - Less Memory is left

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    Happy to report that JotNot works even better than I thought.

    It allows you to manipulate the pages and create PDF docs from them on the iPhone, so no need for a third-party app like PDFMerger etc.

    There is also a "Wi-Fi Transfer" feature (found in Settings) to wirelessly transfer saved docs on the iPhone to another device on the same local Wi-Fi network, e.g. iPad.

    If you go into the Wi-Fi mode, JotNot displays the local IP address of your iPhone which you enter into a browser on your receiver device. A list of docs are shown (including a zipped version of each) which you can select.

    Once you have the document displayed in the browser (Safari), you can optionally Open With a different app, in my case ForScore. Done!

    No iTunes sync'ing! Woohoo!

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    A friend of mine is trying to decide whether to get a iPad 1 or 2 to use as music reader. She's a pianist/accompanist and carries around a lot of music scores. She's asked me to pose this question here:

    Does anybody know if the JotNot app works on the iPad2 using the built-in camera, so that the file transfer step between her iPhone and the iPad will be eliminated altogether?


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