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Documents in the Portable Document Format, created by Adobe Systems, and readable with Adobe Reader, Apple Preview, and other software programs

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Applescript help to open specific pages from separate PDFs in same or different window, via their URL or UUID?

I use a database app called DEVONthink (DT), which stores PDF files. I could use a hand writing a little script which is already partially written. Its use-case is to activate DT, then bring-to-...
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Why would fonts render differently between different versions of MacOS?

Recently, I purchased a new Mac and moved from 10.13 to 10.15 in the transition. One thing that I have noticed is that my papers, which are PDFs, no longer render correctly. The greek letters are ...
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Download Entire iMessage History with One Person as Plain Text

I am doing some archiving after a loss and would like to preserve a chat thread with one person in plaid text/pdf (not .HTML by date). The thread goes back 2.5years, so there is a lot. I have accessed ...
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How can I make the draggable titlebar file icon always appear at the top of files in Big Sur?

I don't know the nomenclature for this, but there used to be always a little file icon at the top of say, a pdf or jpeg which could be dragged to put the file somewhere else (eg paste it into an email)...
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Why does macOS Big Sur CLI delete commands? [closed]

Hi I had commands like pdfimages under Catalina CLI; pdf2text; pdfunite; pdfimages. Where are these commands and how do I get them back?
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Big Sur: PDF Service shell script cannot call python

I recently upgraded from Mohave to Big Sur, and the shell script I use as a PDF Service has stopped working. The script calls a Python script to process the PDF, and this gives the error "...
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How to force Books to keep local files offline?

I have many PDF and epub books that I have manually added to my Books library. However, when I try to open them, many times they have to be downloaded from iCloud because somehow they were uploaded ...
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Mac Automator: combine images in PDF and resize

I not too familiar with Automator for Mac. I am trying to create a quick action to combine several images in a single PDF file and reduce its size with a quartz filter. The actions does indeed create ...
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Printing Problem - scanned Pdfs print black on black

tldr: I have scanned pdfs which look ok - like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xt2zsz8ygad9vz0/test%20scan.pdf?dl=0 - but they print like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ono1f39yv68sgql/output.pdf?dl=...
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Preview “Scale to fit window” should go to next page with right/left arrow keys instead of scrolling sideways

When reading a PDF and setting the option "Scale to fit window" the page is not-quite-fit-but-a-little-too-big to go to the next page with the right arrow key, it ends up scrolling ...
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Preview, can it be used to cut off pages?

In some academic conferences, Preview is not allowed to cut off pages. For example: https://media.icml.cc/Conferences/ICML2021/Styles/example_paper.pdf Please do not use Apple’s preview to cut off ...
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Change the default background colour for text fields added to PDFs in Preview?

In Preview you can add text fields to PDFs using the text tool on the toolbar. Every time I add such a text field the background colour is reverted to transparent. All other text properties (i.e., ...
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Printing PDF on 1/2 of the page

How can I print PDF pages so that the images appear on only 1/2 of the page? I can scale to 50%, but I’d like to configure the layout so that the image appears on either the left-hand or the right-...
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Garbage when printing pdf exported from Pages

I have an issue when printing pdf documents exported from Pages. The pdf looks fine in Preview but when printing, the printer (Xerox 3260 with latest drivers) just spits out almost empty pages with ...
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Automator error: “Could not duplicate the PDF document at [file path].: -43”

I'm creating an Automator workflow to extract images from PDFs. Currently the workflow consists of two actions. Get Specified Finder Items (used only for testing in Automator. When in use, the ...
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Exporting webpage as PDF from Safari

I seek a web clipper some apps (Notion, Bear, etc) have but I want it from Safari on the Mac without adding third party extensions or apps. I know you can go to Safari>File>Export as PDF but ...
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Preview assigned on all desktop on BigSur

After updating from Big Sur from Catalina I have encountered some problems with the Preview app. I use multiple Desktops (on the same screen) and after a pdf is opened, then when I switch to the ...
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Add page numbers using print dialog box's “watermark” tool

In most applications, such as preview, the print dialog box has a watermark feature. It is possible to open a PDF document and watermark it e.g. bottom right with a text and print it again back in to ...
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Does macOS Preview app follow ISO pdf standard for reading bookmarks?

When I create a PDF using Acrobat DC 2020.13.20074 I cannot see the bookmarks in Preview on macOS 11.01. I have researched this problem and was advised there is a longstanding issue that macOS ...
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Convert images from JPGS to PDFS with the terminal [duplicate]

Good morning, is there a way to convert image formats such as PNG, JPG to PDF using the terminal? Would appreciate an answer very much.
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iPad Books damaged PDF file

My book was working fine. I annotated it and had notes in it. One time I was using split view and when I was done, the file would no longer open in Books. I sent it to my mac but it wouldn't open ...
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Hand-writing annotations on Keynote or PDF slides

For teaching purposes I would like to be able to handwrite on slides as I give a presentation, ideally with a Wacom graphics tablet which I already own. Powerpoint would work really well for this, ...
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How can I create an option in the print PDF pop up menu with Automator?

I tried to create a print plug-in for pdf pop-up menu, where I'd like to open the PDF in messages so I can send as a text or iMessage. After a few trials it did launch the messages app but it didn't ...
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Always open all applications in full screen at OS startup

There are many discussions on how to open Applications in full screen in macOS, like https://osxdaily.com/2018/05/15/make-apps-open-full-screen-mac-automatically/ But there are still many stubborn ...
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How to print a selection of a PDF document: Safari on Mac using MS Word

I’m using Safari on Big Sur, and need to capture a small section of a document to send off to someone. In Safari you cannot print just a selection of a page. Suggestions on how to do this?
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How do I print webpages to PDF on Big Sur?

I can't find any way to do this for free. Is there any free virtual printer for Big Sur so that I can print webpages (from chrome/firefox) to pdf? I learned about cups-pdf and pdfwriter but homebrew ...
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How to get a link in a pdf generated by Apple Pages to open in new tab/page?

I have a pdf file exported from the Pages app. In the file I have external links that I'd prefer to automatically open in new tab/pages, but they currently just open in the same page (unless holding ...
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A program converting PDFs to flipbooks in standalone format readable on iOS wholly offline?

This question is related to one I asked on Software Recs. Is there a program that converts a PDF to an e-flipbook in the form of an file that a user can download from a website, save on her iOS tablet,...
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Adobe Acrobat Ridiculous Document Protection – How to prevent an image from being copied from a PROTECTED document?

I have added images to a PDF and I have protected that PDF with password, so the only think, in theory, that I have authorized is printing. Even so I open that PDF on Preview, click on any image, CMD ...
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Mac preview app: Background color in full screen mode

The mac preview app has the option to change the background color (the one behind say a pdf file). However, in fullscreen mode it seems that the background color remains unchanged. Do you maybe have ...
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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the met data clearly arranged, but the catch is that you cannot delete it or I don't know how to delete ...
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iBooks management of PDF files

I’ve always used “Open in iBooks” to view PDF files I come across on the internet. I don’t do anything explicit to save these files, but it seems something does because when I open iBooks, those PDFs ...
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How can I change the macOS command for converting PostScript files to PDF files from pstopdf to ps2pdf in the “Preview” and “Safari” applications?

Recently, in the last 12 hours, I noticed that the "Preview" and "Safari" applications failed to automatically convert PostScript files to PDF files. When I opened up PostScript ...
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How can I read PDFs in scrolling mode on an iPad 2?

I bought a used iPad 2, mainly for reading. After a short while I found out that it won't run a more recent iOS than 9.3.5 and that there are basically no apps that run on this iOS version (rendering ...
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How can I share a single page of the pdf or other documents in iOS?

From time to time I need to share a single page from a pdf on iPhone or iPad into some chat in a fast way. The shared page is supposed to be printed, so it should be of good quality. I open pdf's from ...
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Preview for PDFs - Incorrect Pages are Bookmarked

I'm experiencing a strange error when bookmarking pages in a PDF document using Preview. If I bookmark a file whose book-listed page is 666 and whose actual page within the document is 703, for ...
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How to create a script with Automator to watermark each PDF in a folder with a different watermark?

I am trying to create a script to watermark a group a PDF files in a folder, each PDF has to have a unique watermark. All the PDFs are in one folder, all the watermarks are in .png located in another ...
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How to fix Run-time error 53 every time I open a document in Word or a worksheet in Excel on Big Sur?

Since I installed macOS Big Sur, I have run into this problem every time I opened a document using Word or a worksheet using Excel or a slide show in PowerPoint: Run-time error '53': File not found: ...
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Convert .pages to .pdf with images as a preview (or convert vectorized images to lossy formats within .pdf)

I have a long paper in which all of the pictures I drew and put them in the document as .pdf. Is there a way to protect these images from copying by conversion to image formats such as (.jpeg, .png, ...
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Automator: combine images as PDF with useful file name

I have an Automator service (see below) which takes a folder of images and combines into a PDF. But I would like the name of the PDF to be based on the name of the first (or any) of the images. I.e., ...
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splitting pdf with pdftk

I have a pdf document with an even number of pages, say 2n, and I would like to split it into n documents, say pages1_2.pdf, pages3_4.pdf, ....., pages2n-1_2n.pdf, each of which consists of 2 ...
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PDF with hyperlinks: disable printing of link “boxes” in Preview app

I am creating a lot of PDF documents using LaTeX. Prior to Catalina, when using Preview, embedded hyperlinks in those PDF documents were shown with a red or cyan border, but that border didn't appear ...
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Can AppleScript be used to trigger a Quick Action (e. g. create PDF from selected files)?

The "Create PDF" Quick Action is much quicker and reliable than every other solution I have tested to create a single PDF from hundreds of images (.jpg or .png), be it Automator or a Python ...
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How to save PDFs in Safari at specific locations?

When I click on a PDF link in Safari, it opens using Preview. At the bottom of the PDF file, there are controls buttons (see here https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/safari/ibrw1090/mac). When I ...
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Mac keyboard shortcut to open recently closed pdf file on preview

Lately, preview on Mac is not saving all the pdf highlights (seen some discussion online about this with no solution yet). I highlight quite a bit of pdfs regularly. The one solution, although ...
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Preview in Catalina doesn't allow automatic form filling?

Prior to Catalina (10.15) (at least in 10.14), you could click on a checkbox and it'd tick it (even if the PDF wasn't a fillable PDF). You could also click near a line and Preview would identify that ...
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Stop Apple Notes from cutting off handwritten text

When hand writing notes in Apple Notes, it is very easy to cut off notes across pages when exporting the note. This is because dividers between pages aren't shown as they are in Notability or ...
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How do I turn a pdf (4meter x 24 centi-meters) into a multipage pdf?

I have a very long pdf file spat out by anytrans of texts. The file is searchable but is not readable by normal people. Yes, I asked anytrans why their app does give a page size option. They said that ...
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Freehand Preview Pen Missing

Freehand Preview Pen Missing Context: Essentially preview has two pens - the shape pen, if you will, one which has automatic shape detection and will smooth out your shapes and lines after you draw ...
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Mac OS X pstopdf utility defaults to Letter page size

I am using the a2ps utility from Homebrew to pretty print code, generating .ps files, and then the Mac OS X utility pstopdf (used by Preview.app) to convert these to .pdf format. But whatever page ...

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