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Strange tick mark in Preview

When I tick a checkbox in a fillable PDF in Preview, there is a strange double tick symbol. It's like a tick with a cross on it. How can I have a correct tick/check symbol ? I'm on El Capitan 10.11....
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What prevents iTunes from seeing a PDF in iBooks?

I got three PDFs that someone shared from DropBox. Since they were displayed with the Safari Adobe plug-in, I used Print and Save as PDF to get my own copy. Same day, I used Print and Save as PDF to ...
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Calling terminal command (pdfcrop) either directly from python or from within applescript (do shell script)

on OSX, I am using applescript to get a latex string from an application (OmniOutliner), process it via a python script that calls pdflatex and pdfcrop, and paste the final cropped pdf back into ...
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PDF reader for Mac that handles bookmarks well

I have a couple of PDFs that are composed of scanned images of books. So there is no table of contents for jumping directly to the chapters. As a workaround I bookmark the page where a chapter starts, ...
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PDF text is getting shifted to the upper-right

OSX 10.11.4 here. I exclusively use OSX Preview for reading PDFs. I've been seeing several cases where my PDFs get shifted to the right, or to the upper-right. Example is included below. You can see ...
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How to find image compression type used in PDF?

I don't know how to find the image compression type used in a PDF on my Mac. I've tried Adobe Acrobat Pro, but the "Document Properties" box does not show any data regarding compression.
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Is there any way to permanently crop a PDF without decreasing its quality?

I scanned a document and would like to crop out around half of the image. I can crop using Preview or using Adobe Acrobat Pro. But neither program permanently crops the file. The file size never ...
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Downloading a pdf from Chrome immediately opens it

I want to save some pdfs but whenever I do, it opens automatically in preview and is really annoying. How do I stop it?
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Easy PDF word count

What is the 'easiest' way to get word (and/or page) count of PDFs? By 'easy' I mean 'an app where you can read/annotate the PDF and get word count as well, without having to resort to clunky copying/...
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How can I search for something other than exact phrases in PDF's on iOS

I have a 1,000+ page PDF file that I used to be able to search in iBooks and it would give me the pages where every word searched appeared on a single page. Now I can only search for exact phrases. ...
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How to Run Homebrew's Caskroom/cask/pdfinfo?

I run brew install Caskroom/cask/pdfinfo but I cannot find in my commandline. My PATH is /usr/local/bin:/usr/bin:/bin:/usr/sbin:/sbin:/Library/TeX/texbin How can you run pdfinfo of Homebrew?
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Preview.app and creating PDFs - Three methods - How do they differ?

Preview.app has three options for turning an image into a PDF: File > Export..., Format = PDF File > Export as PDF... File > Print..., Save as PDF The first method yields a PDF that looks exactly ...
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How to Compile .tex and Open Specific page of Result in Viewer/TextMate?

Assume you compile the source in Textmate. It always starts at the first page in the viewer. In Internet-browser, you can easily say http://...lorem.pdf#page=15. I would like to say similarly for ...
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Can I edit/create a PDF's Table of Contents with freeware?

I have a PDF with a number of parts. I would like to create a Table of Contents to navigate the PDF with ease. I would like to do on a Mac this with freeware. (A command-line program would be great.) ...
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How to Install pdfimages in El Capitan?

I am reviewing the answer here about Extracting embedded images from a PDF. It is not in Homebrew. How can you install pdfimages in OS X El Capitan?
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Easiest way to get path of currently-opened file in Adobe Acrobat?

When viewing a file in Adobe Acrobat Pro XI on OSX Yosemite, I sometimes want to send the file to another application. To create an action in KeyboardMaestro, I need to get the path of the currently-...
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OneNote Print to Pdf

Is there a way to print to a pdf in the print dialog and send it to OneNote 2016? This is very easily done with Evernote. It's the one feature that has given me pause on switching from Evernote to ...
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Pages 5: Clickable Table of Contents in pdf

I have a pdf exported from a Pages document, and I want to be able to click a section in the Table of Contents to scroll to that section. Is this possible to achieve in Pages? Thanks
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PDF presentation app for iPhone

I am searching for an app to present PDF files on an external monitor (via the Lightning to VGA adapter) from an iPhone. The app should provide similar capabilities as PDF Expert's presenter mode ...
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Hacking Preview in Mac OS X

For certain PDFs with graphics split over two pages, it is best to view them side-by-side. Apple's Preview app lets me view two pages side-by-side. This is great! The only problem is that it's off ...
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Automator PDF workflow should keep Acrobat cropping

I export pages from a PDF and crop them in Acrobat. The files are fairly large, so I resave them in Preview. With the Quartz filter Reduce File Size it gives me better quality than Acrobat's own file-...
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how can I import figures from a pdf into a power point slide?

I have tried importing from a PDF, and using the insert tool. I tried copy and paste, I also tried converting the pdf to pptx then importing it. Each time, the figure is missing, and the caption is ...
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Transfer PDFs stored in iBooks to a PC

On my iPhone I selected approx 20 images and chose the 'Save PDF to iBooks' option. This worked fine and I can see the PDF in iBooks. I now want to transfer the PDF to my PC. The iBooks app only ...
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Edit / Amended a previously annotated image in preview.

I really like the annotation tool in preview, but when i annotate a jpg or png image and save it all the annotations get flattened into the image and cant be amended. Im aware that if you annotate a ...
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Convert document to PDF from right-click context menu

Sometimes I have doc and txt files that I need to convert to PDF. It'd be great if I didn't have to open an application to convert the item to PDF. Is there some way to add a convert/print to PDF ...
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prevent preview.app from automatically starting slideshow when switching to fullscreen view

I read a lot of PDF files in preview. Whenever I open a file, switch to fullscreen to have a view in which I can focus on reading the PDF without being distracted, after 5 seconds, preview.app goes to ...
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Preview - See how often a search term is found in a pdf

When I'm searching for a term in a pdf, Preview shows me on how many pages that term is found, and in the sidebar how often that term is found on which page. But it doesn't tell me how often that ...
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PDF files I download have their extensions changed automatically

So my problem is two fold: Any PDF file I download has the .lspdf extension appended to it automatically, and renaming them manually is a nuisance. The download button in the safari pdf viewer does ...
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Preview.app opens new PDFs to page 2

Whenever I open a new multi-page PDF in Preview.app, it opens to the second page. Obviously, it would make sense and I would prefer if it started on page one. This is not related to the "Start on last ...
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Insert vector-based PDF to Powerpoint WITHOUT loosing resolution

It seems there is no solution for inserting a vector-based figure (e.g. PDF) into MS Office (Word and Powerpoint). Someone suggest to convert into a high-resolution image first, e.g. this oneand this ...
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Make OS X El Capitan disregard app security settings for pdfs

For some reason OS X El Capitan identifies pdf files as possible applications and wants to apply the app security settings to these. Both "Open" and dragging and dropping onto the Dock icon activates ...
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How can I duplicate a pdf page without doubling the file size?

I have a large single page PDF file of a poster that is 200 megs. How can I duplicate the page nine times (so it's a 10 page PDF) without increasing the file size to 2,000 megs? Basically what I want ...
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Edit (colorized) terminal output before printing?

A very similar question has already been asked on SuperUser but none of the answers works satisfactorily for me. I can actually get almost what I want by simply: Running the Terminal for the whole ...
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How can I combine multiple PDFs using the command line?

Is there a quick one-liner to combine multiple pdfs into one? I know it can be done using Preview.app
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Automate printing with options?

I am trying to print a file (a pdf), without intervention. Not Automator specific, I can deal with applescript or terminal or whatever. The specifics of what I want are: Print to specific Printer ...
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Save pdf from sender in Mail.app to folder with applescript

Trying to find out how to save email attachments like a pdf to a folder and can't figure out what I'm missing using the following. Any ideas? using terms from application "Mail" on perform mail ...
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Transferring annotations made on a PDF in Preview to another PDF

I have many PDF's that I have annotated in Preview.app and want to transfer them to an updated version of the PDF. For the most part they should have the same number of pages in each PDF. I have an ...
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Breaking links in PDF files when splitting into multiple PDFs in Preview

I made a pdf (with latex if this matters) with links between different sections. Then I broke this pdf into different chapters in Preview (v8.1 in OS 10.11.2) by making new copies and deleting other ...
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How do i use iBooks or an alternative app across my devices for PDF annotations

I've never been able to get this to work so must be doing something wrong. I'm trying to read this PDF(The link is at the bottom of the page) and be able to add notes on my iPad say, but then be able ...
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Unable to Adjust Size for pdf in Preview

As shown in the screenshot the "Adjust Size" is disabled for the given pdf. So how do we reduce the size of a pdf in preview (or even skim?)
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Opening “Advanced Search” in Acrobat Reader from Command Line on a Mac

I need to access some software documentation that (unfortunately) requires opening a particular pdf file in Adobe Acrobat opening a menu by using the mouse to Edit > Advanced Search (or through the ...
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Two finger swipe to go to previous tab doesn't work in Google Chrome when a PDF is opened. How can I fix this? I use a MacBook Pro

As per the question, the two finger swipe to go to the previous tab works well in Google Chrome, except when I've opened a PDF file in a tab. Any ideas on how to get it working?
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Add PDFs to iBooks, without making a copy to com.apple.BKAgentService folder

TL;DR: How do I get rid of duplicate PDF files between the com.apple.BKAgentService iBooks folder and their original location? My SSD is running out of space, so I'm doing some cleanup. A point that ...
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Print to PDF rewrites URLs

I have an A3 InDesign file, containing hyperlinks, that I use to export an A3 PDF. If I want to scale that PDF down to A4, a convenient way is to simply open it in Preview and use the 'Save As PDF' ...
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Having trouble copying text from PDF files

I’m using Mac Yosemite. I am not able to copy text from a PDF document and paste it to other applications. I have tried with both the Google Chrome PDF plugin and Acrobat Reader (v. Acrobat Reader ...
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Borderless printing

My Brother MFC-J6920DW printer can print edge to edge / borderless / without margins. I know this for sure because I have made a perfectly borderless print from OS X Photos. Also, a .pdf that I ...
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Is it possible to access the functions for the PDF overlay bezel in Safari via keyboard?

When hovering the mouse pointer at the bottom of a PDF file being displayed within the Safari browser window, you get a set of 4 icons for Zoom Out, Zoom In, Open in… and Save To Downloads: I would ...
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Edit text in PDF

I tried multiple times to find easy PDF editor for Mac. I am looking for an application which can simply allow me to change some words in the PDF (Preview cannot do it). Please, pay attention that ...
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PDF reader that refreshes at updates and stays put

I am looking for a pdf reader which refreshes when the pdf is updated, while staying (roughly) at the same page it was before the refresh. Skim, Adobe and Foxit don't refresh. Preview does refresh, ...
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Get Number of PDF Pages in Terminal

How can I output the number of pages in a PDF in the Terminal? I looked into the lp family of commands, with no luck however.