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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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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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double-side printing: blank pages are not counted as even?

Mac OS X: 10.14.6 Preview: 10.1 (944.6.16.1) Printer: Canon 2900 I followed this to print double-side: How to control manual double-side printing on Mac OS X Lion? The problem: when choosing "Even ...
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How to export Calibre books into Apple's Books.app?

How can I export Calibre books into the macOS Books.app? I mainly care about PDFs at this point, but of course it would be nice if other formats could also be exported into Books.app. I like that ...
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Print PDF Scaled Down in Top Left Corner

I have a PDF that would print something like the following by default: __________ | ........ | | ........ | | ........ | | ........ | |__________| If I scale down the content it remains centered. ...
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Remove blur “effect” in Preview when changing pages

I have been using Preview for reading lecture notes and slides (compiled using Beamer and edited in Xournal). Now, whenever I go to the next slide, I see a blurred version first which seems to be a ...
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How to disable Mac Preview blurring / smoothing images in a PDF?

I scanned a paper document to a PDF. Each page of the PDF is an image of a paper page. When I view the PDF in Mac's Preview app and zoom in, Preview blurs / smooths the image. When I view the PDF in ...
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Viewer for pdflatex/beamer presentation with reload and without blurry transitions

When using pdflatex to create a beamer presentation and then viewing it in Preview.app (single page or fullscreen mode), page transitions are blurry: when going to the next slide, a blurry/low-...
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Convert images to PDF—in many folders, and save output PDFs to relative folders

I have more than 30,000 individual .jpg files (scanned historical documents) in about 200 directories (and subdirectories), 24G in total. Each subdirectory holds between 40 and 400 .jpg-files (meaning ...
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“Preview” will not open on my MacBook Pro

"Preview" will not open on my MacBook Pro. I am using High Sierra 10.13.6. When I go to open a PDF or a photo, nothing happens. When I right click the Preview app it says Application Not Responding, ...
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Converting PDF to Powerpoint, importing each slide as a singular picture

I have the ability to export a PDF as a powerpoint slide through Adobe Acrobat, but the image quality and font selection suffers because it is trying to convert each component into a modifiable ...
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PDfs in Automator

I work in photography post production, need to make PDFs from images but with the file names shown on the PDF and 4 up instead of a single image on each page. Can anyone suggest additional plugins or ...
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How to set Adobe DC PDF reader as default for ALL pdfs without having to open security preferences every time

I recently switched to Mac from Ubuntu and I'm trying to set Adobe Acrobat Reader DC as the default pdf reader for all pdfs. I assumed this would be straightforward, however, when I download a new pdf,...
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OneNote 16.27 for iPhone won't attach pages as pdfs to Outlook 3.34.0 and gives no warning

I just sent an email out to a bunch of people with a procedure attached to it, and when I sent the email it was attached. When the people (and myself) received the email, it wasn't there! Is this a ...