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The filesystem and metadata can change when preview has write access to the file. The precise why is probably complicated, but you can prevent it by removing write access (chmod a-w test.pdf) and then using preview on the file. Note, the chmod updates the ctime as well. My guess is that metadata fields like kMDItemUsedDates and kMDItemLastUsedDate are the ...


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It could be an issue with one of the files preview is attempting to open. Go to ~/Library/Saved Application State/ Remove the com.Apple.Preview folder. This should resolve the issue when attempting to launch Preview after quitting the application from the above answer or shutting down.


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This happens to me once. Have you used 'Text' tool from the markup toolbar? If so, the font you used before might not be available with your current setup. If you remember which font it was, install it. Preview.app should open fine after.


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Quickest way to get the old view back is enable Classic Layout, prefs > viewing...


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Though Adobe Acrobat (and Adobe Reader) is the official standard tool for displaying PDFs, there are a variety of third-party tools that could have been used to create a given PDF. Though the output from such third-party tools can be passable, the underlying construction of the page layout can vary wildly. Using Adobe Acrobat, it is possible to use [Cmd + ...


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Does the file display properly in Acrobat/Reader? It is well known that there are crappy and very crappy PDF viewers out there, which can be overwhelmed with a particular PDF. Second check (in Acrobat/Reader using Cmd-D to display the document properties dialog) is whether all fonts are embedded. Also check whether "using local fonts" is deactivated.



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