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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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How can I automatically print different PDFs based on specific contents of emails?

Basically an if/then script. If an email contains certain text, then print this PDF. Been trying to figure it out but I have zero idea what I'm doing. Happy to do it myself but can't seem to get ...
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Indexing and searching comments inside PDF files

I'm searching for an app capable of indexing/searching not just PDF files content, but also the comments and revisions inside them - some of the docs I'm using have more than 1000 comments...and the ...
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Copy and hightlight text passage in Preview [duplicate]

As I study academic texts in PDFs, I often find myself: Selecting a text passage Copying the text (using Cmd+C) Highlighting the text passage (using Cmd+Shift+H). I am looking for a way to automate ...
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Preview.app print dialog missing Quality and Color vs Black & White?

I just upgraded to macOS Ventura and now the Preview.app doesn't seem to have a Print Quality option or a Color vs Black & White option when I'm printing from Preview. The only weird thing I ...
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PDF Print to different email client?

I’ve been experimenting with MimeStream as my email client and I generally like it. I did the thing of going into Mail’s preferences¹ to change the default email program so most of the time everything ...
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How to get a bitmap from a scan in Apple Notes

I love the scanning capability of Apple Notes, it does a great job of squaring up the images, and the black and white seems to have a good adaptive thresholding algorithm. But, I can't find any way to ...
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Block Quick Look During Downtime

According to System Preferences, the Downtime feature of Screen Time "[s]ets a schedule for time away from the screen. During downtime, only apps that you choose to allow and phone calls will be ...
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Searching for an exact phrase in PDF with Preview

I used to do this all the time. For example, I'd search for "blue house" (two words, with double quotes) and it would find the text "the blue house on the corner", but not "...
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export handwritten note from Apple Note on iPad to pdf

I am using an iPad for taking handwritten notes. My notes also contain some images I've cut and pasted from elsewhere using the screen capture feature on the iPad. I'd like to simply export my notes ...
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When converting my svg file to pdf, the picture gets strangely distorted (it rotates)

On Inkscape I've added a logo to a picture. While it looks perfectly fine on Inkscape, the saved version (as a PDF) is partly distorted. The picture looks like it's been turned by 90° while the ...
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Can I loop an automator task for each file in a folder?

I have been tasked with converting lots of .numbers files to .pdf. Having exported manually did not satisfy me, obviously, so I dug around online and found an automator script (below). It obviously is ...
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Convert one .mbox file to PDF or ePub, locally

I downloaded a large batch of emails using Google Takeout. It generated a single .mbox file (about 2 MB). I would like to read these emails in a single file on my Kobo eReader, which accepts file ...
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Search for text in image using macOS Preview's Live Text OCR

I want to use Apple's new Live Text feature to search a PDF for a specific text phrase. The PDF is a large file without any baked-in encoded text. Just many pages of images of scanned text, stored in ...
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How to support Telugu/Tamil characters in VS Code on macOS

I want to paste Telugu/Tamil text from a PDF file to a VS Code file with a .js extension, but it just shows blocks. Other fonts, like Hindi or Arabic are working fine: when I paste them, it is showing ...
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Can one reopen a PDF in a Safari tab in the same position it was when Safari was quit?

I often read PDF documents in Safari. Whenever I close Safari and reopen it, the PDF I'm currently reading opens on page 1 instead of where I was reading it. This is a big issue for me and one of the ...
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Sharing website in Books (= printing as pdf) does not work anymore in Safari, crashing the website. How to save a pdf of the website to Books?

On my iPhone 7, roughly till 2021, I used to print Safari websites that I wanted to save as a whole pdf by just sharing it with Books. I stopped doing so after switching to another browser, but now, I ...
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How can I make black background on Skim.app?

I am using Skim.app for PDF reader. I want to have dark-theme where background color should be back if possible. When I have following settings in the Display, [X] Anti-alias text [X] Invert colors ...
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Hyperlinks Keynote exported to PDF

I have created a keynote document with lots of hyperlinks. When I open the PDF in goodnotes, the hyper links that are for pages that are less than 13 slides away are slow (you can see the pages ...
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How to print one page PDF in a readable way

Good morning! I have saved this internet page as pdf, and now I can't find a way to split it in more A4 format pages.
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How to insert any multi-page .pdf's into Word for Mac without converting it into text, or having to create individual files of each page?

On macOS Monterey, v. 12.5, MacBook Air M1, 2020, and the latest version of Word for Mac (v. 16.64 (22081401), you have two options. If your .pdf is text based, and the God's pity you, you'll have no ...
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MacOS Preview shows only odd pages in one page mode

When reading a pdf with Preview in single-page mode, pressing the arrow keys (right arrow or bottom arrow) displays the +2 page (only the pages that would be on the right side of the 2 pages mode). If ...
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Extract 1 page from a password protected PDF

I have a (large) PDF file generated by a payroll system. Because of sensitive data, this file is protected with a password. I would like to extract one page of file and have this page in a separate ...
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How to convert a pdf file where every page contains 2 pages, to 1 page pdf?

I know the title is not very clear, but I just don't know what exactly to ask. I have a pdf book, it's landscape oriented so every pdf's file page contains 2 pages of the book (if I print A4 page I ...
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Automator Workflow Help: Copy File Name and Paste into a PDF annotation text box in preview

zer0 here: A user requests Automator Assistance A workflow I seek I would like to create a workflow to automate a copy and paste function. I have a compiled the .jpg's of over 500 newspaper clippings ...
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Split a PDF based on subject matter

I want to split a PDF into multiple PDFs based on subject matter, however the pages of the PDF file are not grouped by subject. I wouldn't mind manually tagging each page and then extracting pages by ...
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Compression of PDF with added images on preview

I have a PDF to which I copied and pasted an image. I am trying to compress the PDF with preview, but whenever I try it, the compression happens only to the original contents of the pdf and not to the ...
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What are "invalid characters" in PDF passwords? "Password contains illegal characters"

I wanted to password-protect a PDF in Preview via the "Edit Permissions ..." dialog. I used a simple random password generator to create a reasonably secure password ... only to get it ...
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Open a file according to its name

On my iMac I would like to open PDF files with Preview, while PDF files that have 'docuni' in the name (e.g. 'docuni1.pdf' or 'docuni2.pdf' etc.) I would like to open by default with Adobe Reader. Is ...
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Pages Export to PDF changes layout

I am using Pages. I have a 255 page document, which includes text and photographs. I intend to export the document as a pdf when completed. Attempts to export drafts of the document, in all three &...
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Is it possible to add handwritten hideable notes to a pdf with an Apple Pencil?

In Preview, you can add a note somewhere and write text in it. This note hides afterward. I want this but with the possibility to make notes with an Apple Pencil within this speech bubble e.g. for ...
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In Mac Automator, how can I pull text from an email and paste it into other programs?

macOS 11.6.5 I receive email orders at my company. The orders are always in the same format. I created some sample data below. Items I need to extract are email address, customer name, shipping ...
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How do I extract an image out of a PDF using Preview for Mac?

I have a PDF that is from a scanner that is only an image (no text). Is there any way to extract the image out of the PDF in Mac Preview? Or is that the same thing as converting the PDF to an image?
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view or test mini sites locally in Safari browser with relative source references iPad iOS 15.x and higher

Project goal: Publish on iPad html/css static multi page site, external style sheet, images, and maybe animated GIF clips or very short videos. This must run offline from iPad Files storage no calls ...
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Change Redact color in Mac Preview

I am running MacOS Monterey, and I want to remove some text from a PDF file using the Redact option in Preview. However, redacting the text marks it with black background with white crosses in it. Is ...
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How can I tell mac that program X can open file type Y?

Firefox can open pdfs, and for some purposes, it's pdf viewer is advantageous. In particular, the print menu has some options not available elsewhere. Unfortunately, it's not registered as a program ...
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How to make the annotations of a pdf permanent?

I have a PDF and I have written some annotations with a pen on a tablet. I would like now these to be fixed to the PDF, so that nobody can remove the annotation or move them. Is there a simple way to ...
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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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