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 Do You View Several PNG Images In Preview With Continuous Scroll?

I have several PNG images I want to view as a single document in Preview, Lion OSX. Usually I just select several images and open them in Preview, but when I do that, I can't set the view to ...
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How can I add signatures to Preview.app in Lion without using the web cam?

Is it possible to add a signature e.g. from PDF files or from JPEG images instead of using a web cam? The problem is that I don't have a web cam and I would like to use this feature in spite of that.
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Turn off automatic preview in apple mail

Is it possible to turn off automatic preview of attachments when composing an e-mail? NOTE: Yes I know that I can manually ctr+select the attachment and disable preview, but I want this done ...
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Preview often does not allow import from iPad?

I am finding that sometimes in Preview, under File there is an option for Import from iPad. But sometimes it is not there at all (as of late) and I can find no way to make it appear e.g. by quitting ...
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Setting Preview Default to Single Page

So I'm not at all impressed with the "Continuous" view in Preview, that seems to be the default way PDFs are opened. Is there a way to change the Preview.app preferences in such a way as to set ...
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Shutter count from NEF photo

I know Nikon embeds the shutter count in the EXIF of their NEF raw files. What's the easiest way to find it?
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This PDF displays with question marks instead of letters

Something is wrong with the rendering of this PDF in Preview (or Quick Look). This is how it looks: I can see it in Adobe Reader on Windows. I'm not sure what font it is using, and I have Office ...
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Two page continuous view in Lion Preview?

Is there some way to get back the side-by-side page view from Snow Leopard with the continuous scrolling? From the View menu in Lion Preview, it appears they're mutually exclusive now. I can't help ...
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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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How can I disable media playback in Finder document icons?

I'm on Lion now, and hoped that Apple would have added the option to disable the quick preview buttons on the icons some way. Here's the problem I have: When I click on a video in Finder just to ...
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Three fingers gestures in Preview App

how can I enable in Preview.app the three fingers gesture that shows the selected word in the dictionary? This gesture works great in Mail.app but doesn't in Preview.app
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Disabling Preview's “sliding” animation

The pages of my pdf presentation add incremental changes to the first page. The second page, for instance, consists of the diagram on the first page in addition to a few more lines. This way a complex ...
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In Lion, how can I configure to not automatically re-open recent files that weren't closed?

For example: I opened some files in Excel, then I close Excel, without close each file (ex.: command + Q). In the next time that I will open Excel, it is going to open my recent files that weren't ...
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simplest way to open all images in a directory in Finder

When I have (and browse with Finder) a directory with a bunch of photos and videos (from e.g. my camera), I often want to open all the pictures in it. How can I do that? Right now, I select all ...
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Preview.app does not update a pdf when it changes

In all pre Lion versions of Mac OS X Preview.app could show an updated PDF when the PDF it was showing changed. Example: I'm writing a latex document and recompile it. Without closing Preview it just ...
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Changing Preview.app's default View state in Lion

One thing I dislike about Preview.app in Lion is its defaulting to Continuous Scroll as the view option when a new PDF document opens. My recollection is that previous behaviour was for the last-used ...
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Preview.app: easily print current page only?

When printing a PDF from preview, is there an easy way to only print the currently displayed page? Now, I look up the page number and enter it two times in the page range. But maybe there is a ...
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Why is Preview excessively slow after upgrading to Lion?

After upgrading to OS X Lion, I noticed that my preview app is now excessively slow, taking minutes to open a file instead of seconds, even when opening a local file. In addition, it is often ...
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Is it possible to rotate images in Preview in degrees other than 90?

I want to rotate an image in preview but I only need to move it a few degrees. Is this possible? Or can you only rotate 90 degrees?
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preview merges pdf and result in huge file size?

I used preview to merge 5 pdf files, of total size of 800k. All pdf have no graphs. However the resulting file size is 10MB... I then tried Acrobat, under similar simple method I got a combined pdf ...
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How to disable Acrobat Reader in Safari?

In Safari, the default PDF-Viewer in Safari is "Preview". Unfortunately, since I installed the Acrobat Reader, this default changed to the Acrobat Reader, which is extremely annoying. How can I ...
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Crop multiple pages in a pdf file

I can use Preview app to select a region and crop a page. Can I do the same cropping for a whole pages in pdf? Are there tools (commercial or free) available for it?
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Can't preview files in column view

I'm suddenly not able to preview files in column view, or select them in the Open File dialog. Selecting the file gives me a spinning beach ball, and eventually I end up relaunching the Finder. I've ...
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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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Why would Preview save just my annotations?

I was using Preview to annotate a screenshot for a question on Apple.StackExchange.com and I saved it. For some reason, it only saved my annotation. I must've spaced out and accidentally pressed ...
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Customize Quick Look to allow me to view .yml files

I would like to use "space" to preview *.yml files directly out of the finder on Mac OS X. I think I have to tell finder to launch the text file quick view handler for files with that type and this ...
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Is it possible to somehow default the OSX preview window size on open for PDF files?

I have had this bug-bare for a while where preview always opens documents too small, I'm visually impaired and want them to default to open with two options Default width to nearly 100% of screen, ...
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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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What readers annotate PDFs better than the Preview app?

I usually spend around 3 or 4 hours a day working with and annotating PDFs. I've always used Preview, but there's a few things that bother me about it. Mainly the large icons used when you place ...
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How can I work with highlighted text annotations from Good Reader in Preview?

Good Reader on the iPad has two forms of annotating PDFs: You can press and hold a location, and press Note to create a note icon with an annotation. You can select text, and then press highlight. ...
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How to make preview jump to a specific line on startup

I am using TexLipse for working with latex, producing pdfs as output. I have configured it to use preview as viewer using this command line: open -a "/Applications/Preview.app" %fullfile Where ...
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Preview an animated GIF image?

How can I preview an animated GIF? When I double-click it, it opens in Preview and is not animated, showing each frame as a separate image instead of playing the animation. As an example, here is the ...
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Preview line and half-page scrolling

While two-finger scrolling in Preview is nice, it is not very comfortable when slowly reading very long PDFs. What I've figured out to this point is that I can use space and ⇧+space to move forward ...
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Is there a PDF viewer with a vertical split screen feature?

I have a very wide PDF and I would like to find a PDF viewer which would allow me to split the screen vertically so I can keep the left side the same while scrolling the right side back and forth. I ...
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Avoid having to select “Include Network Devices” every time when scanning in Preview

I set up a wireless HP Printer for my mother, prints and scans just fine. The annoying thing is that every single time we try to scan in Preview, we first have to do the following: Select File > ...
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Decreasing Image Size with Minimal Quality Loss?

I have a few scanned in images of some some pages that I need to digitise. They're each roughly around 5.1MB with 600 DPI, but I can't really afford to have scans so large because I only have around ...
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Search for a string in Preview

I use Preview's Command-F (find) to search for C# in the pdf document. However, the result is not for 'C#', but just 'C': I get hundreds of meaningless search results. How can I get the search result ...
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How do I use Mac's Preview application text speech feature?

How could I let Preview start speaking a selected paragraph? I found the speech menu item in the edit menu but this starts speaking from the beginning of the document!
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refresh Preview from command line

I have a workflow (LaTeX editing in Emacs) which produces PDFs that I then examine in Preview. Preview is smart enough to re-load the PDF when it changes, but it only does so when I click on the ...
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Rotated PDF Doesn't Save State?

For some strange reason, when I rotate a PDF using the trackpad (Two finger multi-touch rotation gesture.), there's no option to save it and all changes are lost after I close it. (The save button is ...
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How can I get Preview to open up in the Foreground?

Here's what's currently happening: I use Chrome. I go to some website that has a PDF that I want to view on a hyperlink. I don't like viewing PDFs in the browser (even though I know this is ...
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Keep Preview from autoresizing print output

Whenever I want to print a PDF file from Preview, the print dialog defaults to shrink the page to fit the bounds of the page. I have to manually select scale: and enter 100 into the text field. Is ...
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Some PDFs created by MS Word 2007's Save-as-PDF feature (on Windows) don't display correctly on Mac OS / iOS

Some PDFs created by MS Word 2007's Save as PDF feature (on Windows) don't display correctly on Mac OS using the built-in PDF handling. They display correctly using Acrobat, Photoshop, Inkscape, or ...
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View PDF in Preview in Full Screen?

Is there any way to view a PDF in Preview in Full Screen? Quick Look works, but it doesn't have the 'remembering the page you were looking at' feature that I like.
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How can I combine two PDFs in Preview?

How can I combine two PDFs in Preview?