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Word 2011 creates a 66 MB PDF from a 1 MB Word file

I have a 1 MB Word file (text with 3 or 4 PDF graphics inside, and 1 bitmap JPEG image), which Word 2011 exports as PDF into a 66 MB file. Using the "Print > Save as PDF" feature leads to a file of ...
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Cannot export pdf highlights from Preview.app using skim in OSX10.8.3

When I 'convert to notes' in skim, only the page numbers of the highlighted text gets displayed. I can click on those page numbers and it will go to the highlighted part of the document but the actual ...
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Import PDF files from laptop to iPad without network

We can use iTunes to import PDF files to Books application of iPad. However Books application has no PDF annotation capability. I have installed other PDF viewers on iPad (like Documents by Readdle, ...
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Safari saves PDF as .pdf.jpeg because of faulty mimeType

When I try to open a PDF link by clicking on it, Safari saves it as filename.pdf.jpeg, then tries to open it in Preview, and claims that the file is broken. I checked the requests to see what's ...
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Ordering of events when printing/pdf-ing from iCal

Spent a few hours searching on Google and in other forums - I know this issue has come up before, but I couldn't find a single answer or solution anywhere. It seems that when I go to print the ...
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ImageMagick - Convert multipage pdf to animated gif

I have a two-page PDF file that I would like to convert to an animated GIF file. A post on the TeX StackExchange gives the following ImageMagick one-liner: convert -verbose -delay 50 -loop 0 ...
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What's a reasonable page size for PDFs that are likely to be read on an iPad?

I might temporarily change the page size of a colleague's Microsoft Word document, to produce a PDF – with an assumption that some users will read the PDF on an iPad or comparable device. Page size ...
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Change background colour for PDF when Viewing

When a PDF is opened, its actual background color is often white. On Windows, several PDF viewers have the ability to set the background color to another one, which doesn't modify the PDF file itself. ...
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OS X: Any PDF to Kindle format converter to read technical material on Amazon Kindle?

I like to read course material on Kindle. I merge all lecture slides with Automator and then send them to my Kindle email. Earlier, I have used Readle's Documents app (a spinoff of PDF Expert) where I ...
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Open iBooks files in other PDF viewers in iPad

iBooks permits easy file sharing and import of Pdf files to iPad through iTunes, however it lacks annotation/highlighting. After import, I prefer to open PDF file with 3rd party PDF viewers like ...
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Is there any terminal tool to convert from ODT to PDF/PS?

There is unoconv for Linux. I am looking something similar for Mac. I think no such a program exists.
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Exporting jpg to pdf: file size grows significantly

When I used Preview's "Export" feature to export a 1.4MB jpg file to a one page pdf file, the resulting pdf is as large as 14MB, which is really surprising and annoying. I tried to reduce the file ...
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Unicode normalization for filenames and copied text from pdf:s

I have two issues that seem related. When copying text or filenames containing umlauts or e.g. å ä ö, OS X can't seem to handle the characters in a sane way. Apparantly this is a well-know problem, a ...
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Duplex default in Acrobat X

My MacOS and Acrobat Pro version are as follows. Mac OS X 10.7.5 Acrobat 10.1.6 When I'm printing PDF documents, I can never set 'duplex printing' as a default setting. I think I could do it in ...
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Automator turning well-aligned PDF documents upside-down, flipped — unreadable in OSX?

I have PDFs that are readable. When I combine the PDFs, the pages go randomly up-side-down and left-and-right. I have fixed this issue manually in Preview app but I would like to get the pages as ...
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Clean removal of Acrobat Reader

After uninstalling of Acrobat Reader from OS X 10.8.2 Safari doesn't display pdf's. I suppose that Acrobat uninstaller didn't remove plugin from Safari. My question is how to cleanly remove Acrobat ...
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iPad PDF reader app with seamless handwritting annotation experience

I am looking for an iPad app (Android app references will also be considered useful) which allows reading PDF files and annotating them with a stylus, resembling the experience I would have with a pen ...
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Destination of merged PDFs in Automator?

Where can I find the PDF merged by the automator?
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Powerpoint: compress or downsample large images/graphics

I'm using Powerpoint 2011, and I'm not able to find an option to easily downsample or compress images to produce a smaller output PPTX or PPT file. I don't need the high resolution in some of the ...
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How to batch convert word documents to pdf?

Is there a scriptable way that I can convert several MS Word documents to PDF? I thought this might be possible using python, but I am unable to find any advice online on how best to do this.
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How can I sync PDF files (and more) with my Mac and iPad?

I know the iPad has the Book Shelf thing: I know I can add PDF files to it - but: Is it possible to sync that with my Mac so I can also read them on the Mac? Is it possible to have them keep the ...
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Merge PDF annotation

I send the same PDF file to different reviewers and got differently annotated versions back. Is there a way to combine the annotations into one file? If this is a ...
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What OSX PDF viewers support SyncTeX?

I hope this question is not a duplicate. I use a lot of pdfLaTeX in my daily work on OSX (10.8). I've been using Skim and its SyncTeX support to preview PDFs and link forward and backward and that's ...
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How can I browse my pdfs?

I have a great many directories where I've latex'd my notes on various topics, so many that I'm beginning to have trouble finding things. Is there a way to display thumbnails of all the pdfs (under a ...
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How secure are password protected PDFs that are created with Preview?

I use 1Password1 to store not only my own information, but also my sisters home Wi-Fi information. Since she does not have a 1Password licence, I printed out the information for her to store in a ...
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Why does Google Chrome replace “fl” with blocks on all PDFs it shows, but Adobe Reader works fine?

When I open PDFs in Chrome that contain words like "files", the "fi" is replaced by a square block. Opening the same PDF in Adobe Reader or Preview works fine. Anyway to fix this?
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Merging pdfs with automator

I'm scanning my mail and end up with two versions: front & back. Files are named: scanf 01.pdf & scanb 01.pdf I'm scanning about 40 pages a day, so it ends up to quite some lists. Now, with ...
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Reading App for iPad with build-in translator

Reading articles in foreign languages is a good and fast way to perfect language skills and I am sure the same thing must have occurred to others before me as well. I am searching for iOS app for ...
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What's a good PDF score reading app for iPad?

As a chorus and opera singer, I frequently download public-domain scores in PDF form and read them with my iPad. There is a built-in PDF reader on the iPad, and it is serviceable for music ...
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Vim/Emacs keybinding for `Preview.app`

Does anybody have ideas about using emacs/ vim key binding for Preview.app to browser pdf files and how?
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What causes PDF file size to increase when saving in Preview?

It seems that making edits, annotations, or even just opening and saving a PDF file in Preview will cause a significant increase in file size. I've noticed that for some books I've scanned this also ...
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Make existing PDF searchable ( OCR ) via command line / script

I am looking for an offline scriptable tool that makes an existing PDF file searchable by running OCR on it, replacing the original non-searchable file with the searchable version, and can run ...
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Open .pdf's inside chrome using SKIM

The built in pdf viewer of chrome is rather nice, but I like (and more used to) skim. My ultimate goal would be to click on a pdf file and to have it opened in the tab (within chrome) using skim as ...
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Browser with PDF quick-view for 10.4.11 Tiger?

Does any web browser that runs on Tiger 10.4.11 (PowerPC) have a "quick view" mode for PDF documents? Google.com in Firefox 3.6.27 used to (that is, clicking on "quick view" next to xxx.pdf brought ...
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How can I combine PDF files and automatically create a table of contents?

I have a bunch of PDF files named, say, chapter1, chapter2, etc. I would like to combine them into a single file and create a table of contents where each file gets an entry. If memory serves, there ...
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How to make Spotlight index PDF documents to search faster or on my command?

I need to search some words in many PDF documents. It worked very well when I searched over old documents but my OS X has not indexed yet the new PDFs. How can I search over the new PDFs?
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Why is the system dictionary not available from .pdf files containing text within Safari?

How can one use system dictionary ^+⌘+D in .pdf's opened in Safari 6 (using Acrobat Reader)? Is perhaps Adobe Reader at fault (i.e. does the dictionary work with Safari's default .pdf reader)?
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After installing Adobe Acrobat, can I revert to Preview for handling PDF from Firefox?

I was used to download PDF from Firefox and open them with Preview PDF. Yesterday I installed Adobe Reader and now each time I click on a PDF link Firefox tries to open the PDF with Abode Reader. And ...
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How to launch pdf viewer from the terminal

I'm working using LaTeX, since I compile the document in the terminal, it would be much easier for me to open it in pdf viewer directly from the terminal. I'm using OS X 10.8.2 in Polish, so I'm not ...
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Make Preview automatically reload PDF without switching to it

If I change the contents of a PDF file that is open in Preview, it automatically reloads it when I switch to the program. Is there a way to make it do this without explicitly switching to the ...
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How can I change the font used in Preview PDF notes?

As of Mountain Lion, Preview has been "upgraded" with a ridiculous font choice for its Notes (Control-Command-N). I use them all the time in PDF files and suffer from the Comic Sans feeling of Marker ...
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Is signing a pdf file electronically with Preview safe?

I would like to sign PDF forms using Preview but I am hesitant that the signature can be copied by the receiving party. Has it been ensured that it cannot be copied? Of course, I realise that it could ...
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Preview: reorder pages in pdf increased file size?

I have scanned 58 pages into a PDF. The file size of this orginal pdf was 8 MB. Unfortunately the page order was a little messed up when I scanned so I used Preview to reordered some of the pages by ...
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Editing of material such as PDFs in iOS for Vizualisation?

This thread is a part of the major thread about using iPad for education purposes here. Editing is slightly ambiguous term but here it means things such as collages here, merging, annotation and such ...
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How to share annotations in PDFs between iPad and MacBook?

At the moment I use Dropbox to share PDFs between my MacBook and iPad. It works very well, except sharing annotations in the PDF-files. I open the PDF using Adobe Reader on my iPad and add some ...
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iphone pdf app that doesn't scroll

I often use my iphone to scan through presentations that are stored as pdfs. Often, the information on the following page of a document is the same as the previous page plus some extra information. ...
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Automator & AppleScript: How do I import the texts of Notes and Reminders as PDFs and RTFs?

I would like to export and save the Notes and Reminders documents or texts as PDFs and RTFs, keeping or preserving the formatting and the background of Notes or Reminders, but the Notes doesn't have ...
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Looking for Software to Scan or Convert to Searchable and Signable PDF

I have the occasional need to scan and/or convert scanned images into PDF format. OS X Mountain Lion does this natively, but as far as I can tell it's just an image wrapped in a PDF, so text ...
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Safari opens pdf in browser window, but doesn't auto rotate and there is no control bar

I just recently switched to a macbook pro with mountain lion from macbook with leopard. I had no problems with safari opening pdfs before, but now, what it does is that it opens the pdf, but it ...
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Using PdfLatex in OS X?

This thread here mentions MacTex but it is 2 GB in size and I am trying to find something as small as Apple's open command for modularized preview. How can I get something like pdflatex in OS X? ...