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Apple Preview is a program included with Mac OS X that permits displaying Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) files without needing Adobe Reader. Apple Preview also displays many other kinds of documents and graphics files, and permits limited editing and manipulation of them.

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How to make preview open PDF as locked?

I remember in Lion PDF is opened as locked. While in Mavericks preview seems to open PDF default to unlocked status, making it easy to edit the PDF without notice. Can I change the default open status ...
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Disable scroll-induced antialiasing in Preview and other PDF applications

Scrolling (with two fingers on the trackpad) in Preview.app (and TeXShop.app) annoyingly blurs PDF text and I would like to disable the over-compensating anti-aliasing. I like the anti-aliasing while ...
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Why does preview always open the first page, when spotlight is beeing used?

When I open a PDF by searching it in Spotlight, preview opens its first page. It makes the option in Preview to "Start on last viewed pages" quite useless, I have to find my previous page again. When ...
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How can I automate GIF to PNG with Preview using AppleScript?

I have a GIF file but I can open it only with Preview because it is a little bit ruined (GIMP or other programs does not open it correctly but it works with Preview). I want to export it to PNG ...
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Applescript dictionary for Preview

Is there an Applescript dictionary for Preview.app? I am unable to find it under Mac OS X 10.7.5, and Applescript 2.2.1. I did a rudimentary search in google and duckduck but came up empty. I've ...
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I need to compress a PDF to 5 mb (at most, but best exactly)

Is there any way to compress a PDF (with the preview / iOS default software) to a certain size in mb (in my case as close as possible under or equal 5 mb)? The actual size right now is (6 scanned ...
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Open Preview in full page view

Whenever I open a PDF that is of ordinary DIN A4 format, the Preview window is oriented such that I can only see the upper half of the PDF. What I would like to have is a setting where I can define ...
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On MacPorts, Mavericks, and generated PDF files with latex/xelatex

So, I am using MacPorts and through MacPorts I want to use texlive in order to be able to build with latex/xelatex PDF documents. Everything seems to be working fine, apart from the fact, that ...
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How do I batch convert a bunch of pngs or other images into a single PDF on Mavericks?

I took a bunch of screenshots and I want to make them pages in a single PDF. Selecting all four in Preview and exporting to PDF only exports two (?), separately. The "Export to PDF" File menu function ...
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Maintaining Aspect Ratio while Image Cropping using Preview

I like the convenience of being able to crop jpg/png images with Preview, but I would also like to be able occasionally to restrict the aspect ratio of the cropped image. This is useful, for instance, ...
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Preview is not responding since OS X Mavericks update

Preview is not responding for me since the OS X Mavericks update. I cannot open JPEG images. If I try to go to full screen view, I just get the beachball and have to hard reboot. I am a photographer ...
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How can I make a watermark with hyperlink in a PDF document?

I have a large number of PDF documents that I am trying to process consistently One thing that I would like to do with them before uploading them into the public domain is to add watermarks at the ...
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Is it possible to crop multiple pages in Mavericks Preview.app?

Is it possible to crop multiple pages or image files in the new Mavericks Preview application just as described in this answer? The functionality was there with Snow Leopard but disappeared in ...
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PDF in Preview id blurry on scrolling after upgrading to 10.9

I upgraded my system to 10.9 Mavericks. Preview works not as good as before. I have the same trouble with that post. What will the problem be? Lack of memory? New configurations of Preview? I hope to ...
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Wrong app is focused when quitting another one?

I have Firefox and the Finder open (neither are hidden), with PDF files in the current Finder window. If I open one of the PDF files, it opens in Preview. When I quit Preview, rather than Finder being ...
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Reducing the size of a black-and-white scanned pdf

I have a 352 page pdf that is a scan of a black-and-white text. The file size is 60.9 MB, which seems excessively large too me. (Is it indeed?) Is there an easy way to convert this file to a more ...
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How make Safari 7 open PDF files in Preview instead of opening them in-page?

Since Safari 7.0 which was introduced yesterday with OS X Mavericks the little terminal hack defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport -bool YES doesn't work anymore (at least not for ...
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Panning with two fingers in Preview (OS X Mavericks)

Just updated to Mavericks. Has anyone else a scrolling issue in Mavericks? I used to be able to pan across a page that's zoomed in with two fingers scrolling, but now this same move turns pages, ...
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Drawbacks to merging PDFs in Preview.app

When PDF files are merged in Preview.app are there any drawbacks regarding compatibility with the PDF standard and Acrobat? My procedure is to open two PDFs in Preview and drag the pages from the ...
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How to maximize `Preview` by keyboard shortcut?

This question is about the Preview app. I use that a lot to read stuff (PDF files, etc. Each time it opens, it forgets the last Window state. On a Retina Mac, it is ideal to have it opened at "Two ...
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Replacing The Blue Folder Icon With A Customised Image?

How can I select a JPEG image and use that to customise/replace the usual blue folder icon for a given folder (which additionally may even make it easier to tell folders apart, when looking for one)? ...
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How can I “go to page” in preview via toolbar?

I would like to select the page directly from the window, but it is not accessible :
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Why can't Preview export some TIFFs to PNG?

Some TIFFs can't be exported to PNG in Preview. What is preventing this and how do I correct it?
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PostScript questions on Macs with either Preview or Macghostview

1) The PC implementation of Ghostview has a "Safer" option, checked by default, that prevents file creation (so that running a .ps file can't hurt anything in the environment). One must uncheck ...
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Remove author metadata from PDF annotations in preview?

I need to provide comments on PDFs as part of the refereeing process for journal articles. How can I remove my name from the annotations I've made using Mac Preview? (they can be seen in Inspector: ...
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Duplicate PDF pages without blowing up the file size

I have a PDF document with one page, containing a large image and some text. I need to add some other PDF documents and duplicate the page with the image 60 times, resulting in a final 70-page ...
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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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Closing applications after documents are closed- OS X 10.8

When I use applications such as TextEdit and Preview, the application still stays open after I close the text file or jpg file. When I click the respective application (since it is still in the dock), ...
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Artifacts when viewing pdfs in Preview (and Skim)

When I view PDFs with Preview or Skim sometimes scrolling cause the following artifact Here in 0,06 it seems as if one or two rows of pixels are cut. If I cause the fonts to redraw by any means ...
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OSX Preview: Bug in the size of PDF Highlights

When I highlight text in OSX's Preview the size of the highlight becomes huge. These two images illustrate the problem (In the first image I am highlighting the text and the highlight is normal, in ...
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PDF notes in Preview to EPUB?

I have been making PDF notes in Preview and want to transfer them to EPUB version of the book. Is it possible?
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Display image in original size in Finder's preview column

Is there a way to see the image in the preview column of the Finder in original size? Right now the images are stretched to fill the entire width of the column, even if the image is just a small ...
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Restore a single Mt Lion app

Somehow, I don't know how or when, I deleted preview.app. Everything else is fine. What's the easiest way to get it back?
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How does Preview calculate to display PDF when I select View / Actual Size?

I switched from a Samsung 2493HM to a Crossover 2720MDP monitor. In testing, I opened PDF in OS X Preview (I am on Mountain Lion) and found that by default, the display size is very small, like this: ...
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Dragged pages larger than source document

I have a 35-page academic paper in foo.pdf created using LaTeX. The full document is 950 KB. I want to extract the figures and tables at the end of document into a separate file, so I open the ...
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File-Specific Bookmarks

Is there a feature in Preview that will let me maintain a collection of file-specific bookmarks? For example, I often place bookmarks at the beginning of various chapters in books. I might decide to ...
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Retina-ready slideshow

I'm looking for an easy way to view a simple slideshow of photos with 1x1 pixel ratio, with play/pause button. I want 1 image pixel to be equal to 1 retina screen pixel, as shown by default with ...
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Preview in OS X 10.8 (rMBP) is very slow if many lines are embedded in the PDF

I do not have a comparison between the OS X versions but after I switched to a 15" retina MBP and simultaneously to OS X 10.8 the Preview app takes a long time to open pdfs with lots of vectors ...
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How do I switch between signatures when modifying a PDF using Preview?

I have more than one signature, however when selecting Tools -> Annotate -> Signature, only the most recent signature is inserted. Is there an option to change the default?
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How can I remove a signature once it's saved in Preview.app?

How can I delete a signature that I inserted using Preview.app? I can edit or delete all the text fields but the signature seems locked somehow.
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Decreasing resolution of screenshots increases file size

I've noticed that on my rMBP, when I try to make a screenshot smaller using Preview.app version 6.0.1 (Tools -> Adjust Size). When I'm trying to decrease the image size to upload it, the file size ...
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mac os preview: linked pdf and going back

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? Thanks in advance
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How to create a white background to a jpg/png?

I have a jpg of some logo, but its background is not completely white, more like light-greyish, whereas I would like it to be perfectly white. I know how to select the background and also know how to ...
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How to save or export a photo without the GPS data?

I have used Preview's export function to export a JPG file to PNG format, and GPS information is still embedded in the picture. Is there any tools in OSX that allows me to strip off the GPS data?
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Reduce image file size to certain size

I have some tiff files of (scanned docs) which are too large than required. I tried to export with Preview while applying filter "Reduce File Size". The new file came out to be quite small 36KB ...
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Change canvas size in Preview.app without scaling image?

I have a PNG that I want to add additional content to. For this I need to increase the canvas size of the image: Just make the image larger, but without scaling the existing contents (which the Adjust ...
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Searching for punctuation in Preview

In Preview (v 5.3 on 10.6.8), if I search for a single letter such as k in a pdf, the program will find and highlight every instance of that letter in the pdf. However, if I search for a punctuation ...
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How to use a PDF in a presentation

I have to make a little keynote tomorrow, and I have all the slides saved as PDFs. I will be using a projector as a second screen to my laptop. What's the best way to transform this long PDF document ...
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Preview does not save PDF form data

I downloaded the 2012 IRS 1040 form to my Mac to ~Downloads/f1040.pdf, running OS X 10.7.5. Upon opening the pdf file in Preview (Version 5.5.3 (719.31)), I see fillable form data I proceed to fill ...
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Cut two pages by Preview at once

When scanning documents, many pages in a row have the same problem. An example where a lot of white empty space in the corner: The application Preview allows selecting the area in a row along the ...