Combine PDFs (AppleScript)

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Combines PDFs selected in the first pane into a single document (leaving the originals alone, of course). The output file goes in the same location as the originals (if they're all in the same folder), or the script asks where to put it (if they're in a number of places). It then also returns the merged file to QS for further actions.

I think if you have something that's not a PDF in pane 1 it just gets ignored. The shell script that actually does the merging probably complains on stdout or stderr, but it doesn't fail.

NEW: Updated for QS B72 with `on open files`. Behavior is the same—I wasn't sure what, if anything, to use pane 3 for. But pane 1 is now limited to files, at least.

using terms from application "Quicksilver"
       
        on get direct types
                return {"NSFilenamesPboardType"}
        end get direct types
       
        on open files thePDFs
                tell application "Finder"
                        set outputFolder to missing value
                        set baseDir to container of first item of thePDFs
                        repeat with p in items 2 through end of thePDFs
                                if container of p is not equal to baseDir then
                                        set outputFolder to (choose folder with prompt ¬
                                                "Your PDFs are all over the place. Where do you want the merged file?" default location path to desktop folder)
                                        exit repeat
                                end if
                        end repeat
                        if outputFolder is missing value then set outputFolder to baseDir as alias
                end tell
               
                set outputFile to (outputFolder as text) & "Combined PDFs (" & (count of thePDFs) & ").pdf"
                set pdfArgs to ""
                repeat with p in thePDFs
                        set pdfArgs to pdfArgs & " " & quoted form of POSIX path of p
                end repeat
                do shell script "\"/System/Library/Automator/Combine PDF Pages.action/Contents/Resources/join.py\" -o " & quoted form of POSIX path of outputFile & pdfArgs
                return outputFile as alias
        end open files
       
end using terms from