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PDF file conversion from the command line or excel macro

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I have a folder with thousands of jpg files. I would like to use an excel spreadsheet that identifies subsets of the files to be converted into pdf files. For example, my folder looks like this:

C:\images
     image1.jpg
     image2.jpg
     image3.jpg
     image4.jpg
     image5.jpg
     image6.jpg
     image7.jpg
     image8.jpg

I have an excel table that lists first and last pages of each pdf file that should be created:
Files.xls

First, Last
      1,2
      3,6
      7,8

Based in this table, the excel macro should create 3 pdf files with titles identifying the first and last page of the subset:

File1-2.pdf
File3-6.pdf
File7-8.pdf

Thank you for your help, experts!
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how do you get jpeg 'converted' to pdf now ?

pdf is a piece of paper that you add picture to.

do you want each picture to be a page in the PDF, or multiple pictures per page ?



I know you want to use excel for the ease of setting up the data, but i suspect you will need to convert all the JPG to individual PDF file using some app. they are about but not sure how much adware comes with them....

the use PDFtk command line to merge the desired pages together.

You could use excel vba to create a batchfile with the desired pdftk switches.  If you convert the JPEG to individual pdf, i can assist with the PDFtk batch creation from excel.
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http://www.pdfill.com/pdf_tools_free.html may be one of the better ?
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by:cyber-33
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I found total pdf converter that can  do the job from the command line. It can work with lists of pages specified in text files. Now all that I need to do is to generate the text files with page paths and invoke the pdf converter for each text file. See question ID28379301.


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by:cyber-33
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For the benefit of the community:

I ended up using Total Image Converter - well worth the $20 it costs. This tool works out well because it has a flexible command line interface:

http://www.coolutils.com/totalimageconverter

Works like a charm.
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