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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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Fetch data from Preview.app to Terminal

I want to be able to get all the pdf files currently opened by my Preview app into Terminal. The idea is, I want to be able to feed the output to a text file for future reference. My use case may be ...
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How do I batch open PDFs in Adobe from Google Drive on iPad 2?

It's an old device but very tiresome to go make available offline -> open -> open in -> adobe for every single PDF when I first open them in Google Drive. Is the only solution to use Adobe ...
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How to convert a multi page pdf with text into a multi-page pdf of images?

I need the PDF to look like it has been downloaded, and scanned back to be sent via email. I therefore need a "vector" pdf with text to be converted to a multipage PDF made up of the same ...
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How to use Automator to save a PDF's Metadata to Variable

Essentially I wanted to get the author or title and save it as a variable to use as a subject for an email I am generating through automator. This is what I am attempting to do now: The variable ...
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Automator script: add header from user text

I make a lot of flash cards in my work, and I'm looking to create a workflow to automatically stamp each with the relevant textbook and unit number. So far I've got as far as to open the pdf file from ...
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Preview signature annotation: Without the owner password, you do not have permission to create or modify annotations in the document

I need to download a banking form and email it back. After opening the PDF in macOS Preview, I attempt to sign it via Tools > Annotate > Signature This gives the error: Without the owner ...
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After clicking on an internal link in a PDF in Adobe Acrobat on iPad, how can I go back to the location of the text where the link is located?

After clicking on a internal link in an PDF in Adobe Acrobat on iPad, how can I go back to the location of the text where the link is located? Examples of internal link in a PDF (green rectangles): ...
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How can I directly download a PDF without previewing it first on a web browser on iPad?

I had the URL of a large PDF (e.g., https://aclanthology.org/2021.acl-long.pdf). How can I directly download the PDF without previewing it first on a web browser on iPad? I would like to open it in ...
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Why does Preview's export to PDF only export one page?

I open a PNG with Preview, then drag another one into the sidebar, and then choose Export to PDF. The resulting PDF has only one page. I tried again, after selecting all pages -- same result. How do I ...
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Why the preview windows follow me when I update to the Monterey?

I recently updated my macOS from Catalina to Monterey. But then I find that when I create multiple desktops and open a Preview window on desktop A, then changing to desktop B via the three-finger ...
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Force Preview to Live Text a PDF?

I have scanned a document and turned it into a PDF. When I open that PDF in Preview, I would have expected all of the text in the doc to be selectable via Live Text, but it's not. However, if I take a ...
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Is there a way to remove the header and footer that Facebook adds when I save a page as a PDF (from Chrome on a Mac)?

Is there a way to remove the header and footer that FB adds when I save a page as a PDF (from Chrome on a Mac)? When I ask Facebook to give me an archive of some of my previous posts, I gives me ...
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Adobe Pro DC : How to group and move a block of text and a surrounding box that contains this text

With Adobe Pro DC under macOS Monterey, I have the following figure where I active the option "modify text and figures" : I want to move the entire selection and content of the grey legend ...
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How to see PDF bookmarks in Safari

When I view a PDF with Preview I can toggle on Table of Contents to see the bookmarks for sections and chapters. If I use Safari to read the PDF how can I see the table of contents?
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Create an Automator action to insert a PDF table in Excel using data from picture

I'd like some help to create an Automator workflow to carry out the following please: Select a PDF file containing a table of data Convert the PDF file to an image Open Microsoft Excel and import the ...
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App which allows me to comment *and* to write free-hand on PDFs

I'm looking for a PDF editing app with the following requirements that runs on macOS 11.6.5 (Big Sur): highlight text, different colors add comments/notes, same as above write and draw free-hand (...
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Print preview to PDF in safari layout fixes

When trying to print to PDF this page in Safari on Mac - https://theurbanwatch.com/fashion/seven-female-fashion-designers-to-celebrate-on-international-womens-day/, there are huge page breaks. How can ...
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Make PDF dark-mode friendly in Adobe DC Acrobat Reader or alternative

I was looking for a way to read a PDF in "dark mode". Found this answer here However I was curios if there's a way to make Adobe Acrobat Reader more dark-mode friendly or if there exists an ...
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Saving webpage as clear, good PDF on Mac

I'm trying to save a webpage as a PDF on my Mac and it's horrible! Using Safari with the File > Print option seems to be the best, because I have to have the URL of the page displayed, however this ...
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How to get text selection work in the .pdf viewer in Safari?

UPDATED QUESTION After many users giving greatly valuable input, we verified that the below-described behavior is a result of a bug. Using Safari up to version 15.4 (17613.1.17.1.13) will crash the ...
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Automatically pull Google Doc into Pages to create PDF

Google Docs is handy for collaborative editing & referencing. But Pages makes the prettiest PDFs. So my current process is: from google docs, export as word doc open in Pages export to PDF Is ...
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Convert SVG to PDF using command line in Mac OSX

I want to convert a SVG file to PDF from the command line on Mac OSX. Is there any way to do this?
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How to mirror a PDF (flip PDF horizontally)?

I have a very large PDF that is a bunch of pages broken up that will be printed then cut and assembled into a large prop for a costume. The PDF was created in such a way that the images add up to a ...
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iCloud deletes my PDFs in Books App; How do I get them to be stored locally again

So, last month I decided to enable iCloud for Books in order to transfer all 400+ of my PDFs to my iPad automatically. However, in doing so, all of my PDFs were deleted from my iPhone! I did the whole ...
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Is there an app for iPadOS (or any workaround) that can put multiple pages from PDF in one big board or canvas?

As the question title said, I would like to know if there is an app for iPadOS where I can put and "clutter" several pages from multiple PDFs on a very big board or canvas and I can freely ...
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Highlight text/add remarks to a PDF file in which text is an image

I have a PDF file that I need to study intensely online, but the text is actually an image. Which software may I use to highlight text and add remarks? I'm on macOS 10.13. (OneNote is not available ...
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Macbook preview shows the right pdf file, Adobe repeats 1 page 3 times

I have to append one pdf file by 2 single pages. I do this in preview and the complete pdf file now has 4 pages and displays correctly in Preview, pages one through 4. If I open the same 4 page pdf ...
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How to set the output directory for exporting a pdf file with skim?

I am looking for an option (or something else) for the PDF viewer Skim (V1.6.8) on macOS (High Sierra): After modifying a PDF file (e.g. adding a note or highlighting a part of it) Skim enables the ...
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Preview automatically password protects PDF when saving

I experienced a behaviour I've never seen before when opening, editing and saving a PDF today. As soon as save the PDF with Preview the file will be password protected, and I cannot open it again. I'...
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Is there any program to draw on the screen during full screen presentations via Zoom? Device: MacBook Air

I am holding a presentation and want to write (with a Wacom graphic tablet) on the screen while presenting. My slides are created in Keynote, but I can use the exported .pdf document as well. So far I'...
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Text Hyperlinks export works in Powerpoint to PDF but Image Hyperlink doesn't?

I am working on a presentation using Powerpoint 365. I have hyperlinks in the form of texts and images. When I export the Powerpoint to PDF, the text hyperlinks work but the image hyperlinks don't ...
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How to improve an applescript that searches for words in a pdf and exports matching pages into the same folder

I have a problem that I found a partial solution to. Daily, I daily search for a list of words within a pdf document. Then, I need to save each matching page in a separate file, renamed to "same ...
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Is there any way to modify the titles of opened PDFs displayed on the tabs?

I used to work on Chrome but I am considering to switch to Safari entirely due to the horrible battery efficiency of Chrome. I noticed when opening PDF files, the titles of tabs all appeared as links ...
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Does redacting images in Preview using opaque shapes remove the original data from the resulting image file?

The Preview application has a Markup toolbar, which allows drawing over the top of an image. I was thinking about the possibility of using this feature to draw opaque shapes to redact sensitive ...
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Preview.app - enable links to custom URL schemes

I have some PDF's with links like file:// and evernote://. Preview does not do anything when these are clicked, although right click -> open does work. Is there a CLI option I can set to make these ...
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How to share a scanned document from the Notes app with a shortcut

I have scanned PDFs I want to share to a shortcut to process them further. However, when sharing from the share sheet that props up when I click on the share button in the Notes app for my shortcut it ...
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Text selection in Preview only selects most bottom line, while highlighting a whole column

I have a scanned document with OCR. In Adobe Acrobat, I can select and copy words without a problem (first screenshot, 1). However, if I open the very same document in Preview and try to select the ...
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Pages change the words after exporting as PDF

As we know, most companies have their NLP applications to analyze the resumes they receive. I recently noticed that if you export your PDF using Pages, the actual content will be changed after ...
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Get Image vs Make Image Shortcut Functions for PDF Page Extraction

I was trying to extract pages from a PDF as an image (Instead of taking screenshots because I was a bit lazy and it was a long pdf ~50 pages) { //Because that's what Power Users do? ^_^ } when I ...
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Automatically synchronize OneDrive files when edited with OneNote on iPad

Is it possible to edit PDF files, (for example,) with OneNote on my iPad and then those edited files are automatically updated also on my OneDrive? With edit, I mostly mean making notes with the Apple ...
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Export notes as a (high quality) pdf

I want to export a note as a pdf, but the option "export as a pdf" in the Notes app generates a poor quality pdf. Is there some solution for this, or perhaps a third party software able to ...
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OCR on macOS that is actually useful? [duplicate]

I am trying to extract the BASIC code from archive.org's copy of What to do After You Hit Return, a 1975 book of computer games. The PDF is simply a series of images, without the underlying text. I ...
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how to enlarge size picture ahead of pdf Macbook

I have the following issue: I have a pdf file, a comic book. I would like to add on the top of the document a jpg (the volume cover). What I do is: Open pdf with Preview in the sidebar I select ...
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macOS Save dialog does not show up for Preview

I created an image file by pasting an image into Preview (Command + N). When I want to save it, the Save dialog does not appear. The Preview window looks as follows: The red button in the upper-left ...
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Bug in Preview: How do I hide slideshow controls when viewing a full screen PDF?

Preview has two distinct kinds of full screen mode: The normal full screen mode that most macOS applications have (View > Enter Full Screen) Preview's special slideshow mode (View > Slideshow) ...
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How to merge a big number of JPEG pictures to a filename-labelled merged PDF file in OS X?

I have a large number of JPEG files. Each JPEG file has a name in the format nameX.jpeg. I want to merge them to PDF such that one JPEG picture is on one PDF page where the name of JPEG is a label on ...
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How do I view more than four lines of comments in Preview, marked up PDF?

I have a PDF that has been edited by one of my university supervisors. Some of the comments are quite long, and take up more than four lines in the "Highlights and Notes" bar. How do I view ...
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Where should .sh and pdftk be copied to in foo.app?

An attempt to run a third party script on Catalina is described: How to interpret / diagnose pdftk error message Test results after executing xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Users/user/Desktop/bates-...
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How to interpret / diagnose pdftk error message

Context: Catalina (zsh is default) The drop and drag instructions were followed per: http://hildstrom.com/projects/2011/08/bates-number-a-pdf/index.html#mac Attempts to follow the procedure first ...
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Do any of Microsoft Office for Mac packages offer inbuilt virtual printer?

Apple's printing to PDF is an amazing, but I wonder if MS offers a virtual printer service to generate XPS. Please note that the question is specific to the Microsoft Office products, not printing to ...
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