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ImageMagick: Convert images to PDF document

📅 2009-Dec-29 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 🏷️ conversion, imagemagick, pdf ⬩ 📚 Archive

The convert command-line tool from ImageMagick is the easiest way I know to convert a bunch of images into a single PDF document. It is as easy as:

convert *.jpg paper.pdf

(Make sure the ImageMagick installation path is in your %PATH% environment variable for this to work from any directory.)

I typically use this to convert the scans of old CS papers. Even today there is a surprisingly large amount of old CS papers that are not available online in a digital format. The only option is to head down to the library, get hold of the journal and either photocopy or scan the pages. I always prefer to scan in the paper as JPG images, then straighten and edit the images a bit in Picasa and then convert it into a PDF document.