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How to “find and replace” in a PDF on OS X?

I need to "find and replace" text in a PDF file on OS X Yosemite. It would be better if there was a "replace all" feature. How can I do this on OS X?
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Mac preview crash everytime when searching

I would like to ask if you encountered similar error, and what have you done to solve it. When I open multiple PDF files in Preview ( mainly text), and then search for some common substring like ...
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Is there an app to replace in bulk an area of a PDF with a preset image?

I have several PDF documents that follow the same template. In all of them there is an address that needs to be replaced with another. I'm looking for a way to do that in bulk and automagically.
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How can I convert a Word (.doc or .docx) file to a PDF on an iPad?

I would have thought this was one of Goodreader's many tricks, but it doesn't seem to be the case.
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Shell command to count pages in a PDF (other than pdftk)?

I have been using this to get a page count of PDFs in shell scripts in OS X: pdftk "$i" dump_data | grep NumberOfPages | awk '{print $2}' | tr -dc '[0-9]' (where $i is the PDF filename) However, ...
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Preview adds strange textboxes to my CAD drawing

I have a lot of drawings made with AutoCAD 2016 on Windows 10. I wanted to print them from my Mac as they are PDFs, but when I open them in Preview it adds strange texts and I have to manually delete ...
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How to remove meta data from PDFs?

Since PDFs contain a lot of meta data like my name and the application name which created the file, I was looking for a utility that would allow me to remove all meta data from the PDF file. Ideally, ...
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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 do I download PDF file?

I am doing web-browsing with Safari on my iphone, and I have opened up a pdf. How do I save the pdf on the iphone? What if I don't want to save it as "ibook"? Thx
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Need script to automatically export Skim PDFs with embedded notes

I have a folder with a few thousand PDF files, most of which have Skim annotations (e.g., highlights and notes). If I had fewer files, I'd just go through each one, export the PDF with embedded notes, ...
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Automator: how to create individual PDFs from images

I understand we can convert multiple images into PDF using 'New PDF from images'. However, this creates a single PDF. How do I create a single PDF for each image? Also, im not sure why but Automator ...
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Script to automatically make a new bookmark folder in Skim for each PDF and store every bookmark created in it's respective folder?

Skim by default makes every new bookmark in the bookmark menu for all the pdf's, even if I create a bookmark folder for the pdf manually, there is no way of making it save the bookmark in this folder ...
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Preview.app modifies my file and refuses to copy non-Latin text from it

Preview.app somehow manages to modify my PDF files so that text becomes uncopiable. This happened to two of my files, one in Russian, another in Greek language. E.g. yesterday I coped text from the ...
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Download uploaded iBooks file from iCloud to PC

Recently i got updated iOS in my iPad mini 3 and it's ask me whether i want to upload all of my iBooks to iCloud, i choose yes and it upload all of my pdf files in iBooks to iCloud. And when i try to ...
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Linked PDF and going back in OS X Preview

When I click on a linked reference in a PDF it jumps to the bibliography at the end of the paper. Is there an easy way to jump back to the passage I just read?
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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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Difference between Export PDF and Print to PDF in Safari

What is the difference between to File > Export as PDF and File > Print > Save As PDF?
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Apple script not working with folders containing special letters (hebrew)

I am basically a Java developer, but had to run an apple script on my mac to batch convert doc/docx to PDF. I run the following apple script via Automator: property theList : {"doc", "docx"} on run ...
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Shuffle PDF 2-up in shell

I want to make a new pdf from my old one: put portrait pages 1 & 2 on a landscape page 1, pages 3 & 4 on page 2, and so on. Preview.app does this, but I need to do it in the shell. jPDFtweak....
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printing an email attachment on apple computer in pdf preview help

i opened a file attachment and am trying to print from an apple computer. it's in pdf preview. it's looks huge on the screen but tabs and all are inline. but when i click print and it shows a preview ...
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Is there better third-party scanner software for OS X than Preview?

I'm not overly happy with the UI for interfacing with the scanner on my Epson WF-3250 series scanner that's provided by the latest Preview that comes with OS X 10.10. It's clunky and awkward, crashes ...
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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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How to disable PDF editing in Preview app?

I am running OS X 10.10, Yosemite, and there is one feature which really annoys me. I know it must be useful for a lot of people but it's just not for me. When I open a PDF document and, by habit, I ...
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Edit Table of Contents in Preview?

In Preview, is there a way to change/edit the names of links in the Table of Contents of a pdf? Thanks in advance!
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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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iPad app to convert multiple photos to a single pdf

Does anyone know an app to convert multiple photos from the iPad Camera Roll into a single PDF? Alternatively, an app that lets you take photos with the iPad camera and saves them into a single PDF ...
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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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Control odd-even page pairing in Preview in two-page mode

By default, Preview displays pages like this in two-page mode: How can I get it to display them like this instead? Acrobat does the latter but Acrobat is not nearly as responsive with this file ...
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Split a single page PDF into multiple pages

Is there an easy way (in Preview or whatever) to scale up and split a PDF file with a single page into multiple pages? What I would like is to split say an A3 paper document into two A4 pages, to ...
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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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What are the secret options of the PDF convert tool from OS X?

I recently discovered the /System/Library/Printers/Libraries/convert tool that is able to convert HTML, DOC, ... to PDF. It works great but it has some optional arguments that are not documented: -a ...
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finer control of Preview anti-aliasing (font smoothing)?

I have just updated to Yosemite and something must have changed in the way Preview renders fonts. I find that Preview display of text in PDF files is rather sloppy, I am pretty sure it used to be ...
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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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How to switch Preview's full screen default setting from “two-pages” to “continuous scroll”?

Whenever I open a pdf, Preview.app opens it in "continuous scroll" mode. However, when going into fullscreen mode, it switches to "two-pages" when, really, I want it to use whatever view mode I had it,...
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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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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 Foxit....
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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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Blacking out a part of a PDF, or redaction of text

What methods are there to blackout a part of a PDF? I don't want to simply use Preview's annotation tools and then save the document, since then someone could open up the PDF and remove the ...
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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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Why does combining a PDF cause its size to be significantly larger?

I have 3 files about 40 KB each. When I combine them using Preview and save them as a single PDF file, instead of having a size close to 120 KB, the size is closer to 500 KB. Why does this happen, ...
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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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Using Apple's IR remote to simulate a left/right mouse click or navigate presentations

I have a 2009 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.7 with an Apple IR remote. Since I create my presentations with LaTeX, which generates PDF files, I cannot use the remote to control my presentations (it only ...
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How to print PDF documents without highlights in Preview.app

I was trying to print a PDF document in which I highlighted some texts. In the printing preview, I saw those highlights, which I didn't really want for the printed document. I tried to disable the ...
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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-...