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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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Why can I edit PDF Form Data with Preview but not with Acrobat DC?

So, I have a PDF-Form that I need to fill. Since it is rather big, I downloaded the PDF and am willing to edit the form offline / outside the browser. This seems to work fine with the Preview app, but ...
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Can I sell a PDF through the iBooks store?

I want to sell my children's books on Apple. They are ready because I made them all on Corel. Is there a possibility of turning them into PDF and publishing them in that format or will I have to do ...
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iPad/HP print attempt does nothing; attempt to fix reverses colors

Made two sides of a greeting card as JPG, saved as PDF, and used Preview to make them a single two-page PDF. PDF looked OK in Preview. Put it in Books and sync'ed into iPad (because a MACOS bug ...
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pdfsplit fails to start

pdfsplit returns the following error when launched from terminal: pdfsplit --version -bash: /usr/local/bin/pdfsplit: Bad CPU type in executable OS: macOS Catalina 10.15.2 file Checking ...
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Get page number from Metadata instead of Index

In Applescript, we can get the index number of the current page we are viewing in Skim with the following code: tell application "Skim" activate set theDoc to front document get index ...
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How do I export a Pages document on my iPad to PDF and save it in Files?

On the Apple Pages iPad app, you can export a document to PDF. When it creates the PDF, it gives you the option to “Share” it. There are many apps you can share it to, including Gmail, Notes, and ...
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Regarding AppleScript, is it possible to change “page layout” export option when exporting Numbers documents to PDF?

A little while ago I cobbled together a short AppleScript for exporting multiple Pages documents to PDF at one time, and now I want to do the same with Numbers. The basic principle is the same and the ...
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Set page for PDF to open to

In Adobe Acrobat (2019) you can set the page that appears when you open the PDF in the File > Properties > Initial View (tab). Preview always opens the document to page 1. Adobe Acrobat Mac/Win will ...
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How to reorder highlights in Preview according to page numbers?

I read a book, while reading it, I highlighted some parts of the text. Now, in the side bar, when I choose the highlights and notes option, I see the highlights shown in random order, i.e the ...
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Preview document not updated

I am currently using Macbook pro 2017 Touch Bar that is on the Mojave OS. I do most of my work on Preview. I have noticed recently that my preview does not load the latest document version. For ...
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How to open a file from Books in a different program than Preview?

I'd like to have my PDF files, which are stored in the Books app, to open in a different program than Preview. To achieve this, I tried to go to /Library/Mobile\ Documents/iCloud~com~apple~iBooks/...
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Home screen shortcut to interactive PDF

I have a locally stored interactive PDF (with a navigation including hyperlinks to other pages) on iPad. I'm able to open from files or books and view it interactively but, is it possible to create a ...
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Unable to modify or save pdf files

When I try to fill a pdf file from the preview app it says "The original document can't be changed, a duplicate has been created". When I try to quit it asks me where I want to save the new document ...
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How can I create a shortcut to open Safari PDF in Preview?

If I open a PDF file in Safari (say, from a website), it is shown in a browser window or tab, and from there I can hover over the bottom of the page and from there click on this overlay to open the ...
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Mac's Preview app displays disabled layers in PDF. Is there a way to workaround it?

Recently I started browsing USGS Togo Maps which can be downloaded as PDF. They are displaying correctly inside Chrome browser's PDF viewer as well as Adobe Acrobat Reader on Mac. However, on the same ...
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How do I enter superscript text with Preview's PDF annotation feature?

I can add text to existing PDF files with Preview. But how do I enter superscript text like 123m2 ? This normally works by selecting the appropriate menu entry or shortcut, but I don't find such an ...
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Add images to existing PDF with Preview

Preview allows to add text and shapes to PDFs. But is it possible to add existing images (PNG / JPEG) to a PDF file as well? I do know that Preview already has some of image embedding by allowing the ...
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How can I print comments in Numbers?

I have a Numbers document containing several comments. I'd like to include these comments when printing the document — or creating a PDF — but I cannot locate an option to do this. I've searched ...
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What are these extra /Zone.Identifier files created during Windows Remote Desktop file transfer?

Steps to Reproduce Installs Windows Remote Desktop client for mac Connect to a Windows 10 server, mounting a local folder over the connection On the remote server, copy a pdf (e.g. my_file.pdf from a ...
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Recommendation for PDF “organizer”

I am looking for a PDF library organizer / tool. The requirements are: I can create "shelves" where I could sort the PDFs by topics. I could access it both from my iPad and from my Mac or maybe even ...
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How to make display PDF images with mouse hover in iTerm2 after " ls -l '?

On Catalina 10.15.2, Sometimes, in iTerm2 terminal, after a ls -l command, I can visualize some pdf files (a popup window appears suddenly) when my mouse is over the list of PDF filenames. But this ...
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Can we still set a “highlighting mode” in Preview on the Mac (for PDF documents)?

I remember in the past, we can double click the "highlighting icon" and make it a highlighting mode, so whatever we select in the PDF document, it'd be highlighted permanently. Select something again, ...
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Word count pdf in Mojave? [duplicate]

Is there anyway to count words in a pdf document on Mojave?, it is not in 'get info' when right clicking and preview doesn't seem to have a tool for it. thanks for your time
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Apple Preview encoding #

I have a PDF file generated from a gDoc including links with jump marks. Example link: https://digitaleneuordnung.de/blog/lean-management/#3M Opening the generated PDF in Acrobat Reader everything ...
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Preview randomly removing spaces between words

Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4 System Version: macOS 10.15.2 (19C57) I have a document that I scanned with ABBYY FineReader (OCR). I need to copy some sentences/use text to speech on the doc. In ...
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Merge svg files into PDF

I have a directory of about 1000 svg files in svgz extension, which resembles a textbook. An example of the svg files can be found here.How would I merge the files into a PDF while preserving as much ...
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Why does AppleScript “exists” sometimes always return “false”? (part of question regarding checking documents in Pages)

I'm new to AppleScript and I've reached this problem after several other problems and work arounds (see further down for more details). My current problem is that I'm telling Pages to check if any ...
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How do I print in black and white when the program does not support this?

On a Windows system I use PDF24 and I can print from any application in black and white. I am looking for a similar option on macOS. Which PDF printer can I use for this purpose? The built-in does not ...
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After PDFs combined, copied text using Inter font is gibberish

I have been making multi-page PDFs from Sketch. Each page is exported as a PDF. Then I combine these pages into one PDF using a Quick Action, either the built in Create PDF action, or a homemade one ...
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How do I reduce the file size of iOS scanned documents (using the Files app)

In iOS 13 (maybe 12?) you can scan documents using the files app. It uses the camera, manually or automatically crops, allows multiple pages, and produces a PDF. A very large PDF. My single A4 page ...
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Preview: PDF Highlighting & Search Stop Working until Restart

A problem has recently become much more prevalent for me when using Preview to search PDFs for text (using Command + F or the search box in the upper right). At first, everything generally seems to ...
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How to export downloaded PDFs from iBooks on iOS to a computer?

My wife has an iPad Air 2 running iOS 12.4.1. She has saved many PDF files into iBooks over the years from various sources such as websites. Her iPad is dying, and she doesn't want to lose the PDFs. ...
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How to sync PDF bookmarks from MacOS Preview to iOS Apple Books?

Apple Books on MacOS opens PDF files in Preview. Preview can bookmark texts using CMD-D. When I open the same book with Apple Books on iOS the bookmarks are not transferred over. I have cloud sync to ...
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Others can't read my annotated PDFs

I annotate PDFs in the Mail app on iOS with the pen. Some people complain that they cannot see the annotations at all. On my Mac, using Preview, I can see everything well. Things I tried: Printing ...
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How do I print a single page document to multiple copies, double sided?

I have a single page document, say "A". I'd like to print it multiple copies with double-sided, like below: sheet 1 front: A, back: A sheet 2 front: A, back: A ... However, when printing with ...
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Catalina now only saves pdf's from print box to preview not the folder I choose

I use Excel spreadsheets everyday and use the pdf print facility to send them to clients suppliers and for many other uses. Catalina now will not save the pdf's to any other folder than the preview ...
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BKAgentServiceErrorDomain error 8

This error is shown in a dialog when you're trying to open a book. The dialog appears and you get a spinning HUD. "BKAgentServiceErrorDomain error 8" Today I solved the problem together with the ...
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macOS Catalina: Preview > Print… > Save As PDF, not really working

I upgraded (whatever that means) to macOS Catalina. If you visit https://apple.stackexchange.com using Safari and do a Print... and select Save as PDF, then you can create a pdf file. All is well so ...
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Using Preview with an old PDFkit

With Mojave, I use to open multiple pdf at once with the old Preview9.0.app (version of Sierra) It doesn't work anymore with Catalina because of a conflict between Preview9.0.app and the new PDFkit ...
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What is an iPad app that will allow viewing AND editing/markup of PDF documents in multiple tab views?

I need to find an ipad app that will allow users to do the following: View PDFs Edit PDFs (at least simple markups) Open multiple PDF documents in tabbed views Link with a DropBox account for cloud ...
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PDF annotator with pen support that works well

Is there a PDF viewer for Mac that supports drawing freehand lines in a way that allows you to actually write text? The built-in Preview app almost supports it but it's completely unusable because if ...
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Adjust background color for pdf in Preview

I'm reading a lot of pdf's in Preview's full screen mode. Usually this means I'm looking at a fully white screen with black characters. I'm getting mad after an hour of reading.. Is there a way of ...
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How to combine multiple pdf files based on location and name with command line?

I have multiple folders with this structure: Folder Name/ tmp Other Folder name/tmp and so on... Inside tmp folder I have many pdf files with this name pattern: pdf-name-1.pdf pdf-name-2.pdf .... ...
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Preview app on macOS High Sierra broken

I'm using Preview 10.0 on macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. When I select "highlight" to highlight text in a PDF, preview will not highlight the text but "underlines" it instead and then also grays out "...
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Bug: Preview crashes when reloading a PDF that has lost one or more pages

I use TeX a lot, and I've noticed that, while Acrobat Reader doesn't update PDFs when I recompile my .tex files in macOS [strange, since it does in Linux], Preview does. However, Preview has a strange ...
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Opening pdf over ssh in Mac terminal

As the title says, I do > ssh user@host.de Password: > cd documents/ > okular example.pdf QXcbConnection: Could not connect to display Aborted (core dumped) I connect to an ...
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How to save PDFs from web for offline reading on an iPad?

I bought an iPad Air to use in my airplane for flight guidance (secondary screen from panel mounted GPS). I'd like to download the manuals for my various avionics, and stop carrying a flight bag that ...
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cupsfilter: number-up option not working

If I run /usr/sbin/cupsfilter -o number-up=4 -- first.pdf > second.pdf in my Mac's terminal, the file second.pdf is created, but it only has 1 output page per input page. To my knowledge, -o number-...
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How to save a Preview session with multiple pdf files open?

I often work with multiple pdf files open in Preview. I would like to save the "session", so that I can go back to that exact set of files and work with them again. Is there a way to do that? In ...
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How do I have Safari (v12) auto download PDF files

On previous versions of Safari, I have been able to auto download PDF files by using the following code in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport -bool YES When I got a new ...

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