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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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ipad ios14 books “vertical scroll” messes up bookmarks

I'm using ipad air 2 and reading a pdf (~500 pages) on ibooks. When I turn on "vertical scroll", it messes up bookmarks. In particular when I click a bookmarked page, it takes me to a random ...
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Automator: Open the current PDF file in Preview with another app

After I open a PDF file with Preview, I want to open the same file in another PDF viewer (Skim or Adobe Acrobat). How can Automator do this?
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Ipad 10.2" for a PhD: 32 or 128 GB?

I hope this is the right community: I'm a first year PhD student in Mathematics, and I plan to buy an Ipad 10.2" with the Apple Pencil as I have seen that it can be quite useful to take notes ...
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Is it possible to set the margin height for individual pages in Pages word processor?

I exported a PDF for a 2-page document I've finished typing. There's an ugly gap in the PDF where page 1 meets page 2. This is caused by the bottom margin of page 1 and the top margin of page 2. How ...
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How to have apple iBooks or Kindle synced between devices?

There are books that I cannot obtain in the bookstore or amazon prime. For those books I'd like to be able to access them wherever I am (from all my devices, even if I get a new mac book). I also wish ...
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I cannot rearrange pages of a PDF in Preview

Trying to learn how to use my camera, I downloaded this PDF manual. Once I opened it in Preview, I noticed that the pages were not in the right order, so I tried moving them in the left-side drawer to ...
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Why are some PDFs scrambled when opened with Preview on Mac?

Consider this PDF file for example. The text in this file appears scrambled when opened with Safari or Preview. However, the PDF is formatted fine when opened with Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or most 3rd ...
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Can I open a PDF file that is possibly locked on mac?

I have one book that I purchased online, and the company seems to allow users to read the book only through their app (which I'm not 100% sure, but the error message below implies it). However, I ...
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ugly math in preview of Wikipedia pdfs

When I "download as PDF" a Wikipedia article with math, such as Septic_equation, and open it in preview 8.0 on macos 10.10, the math formulas are ugly / munged: instead of like in the ...
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Finding repeated words in a PDF

I wrote a 200 pages PDF and someone pointed out to me that there are some repeated words that I should eliminate. For example, sometimes there are phrases like The the book is orange or the book is is ...
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Highly irregular line spacing in Pages, even with exact spacing setting

Apple Pages gives me highly irregular results in regard to line spacing. I am using Lato as a font. In Pages things look less bad, but once i export to PDF it becomes really apparent and a serious ...
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What's the difference between Export as PDF and Print, Save as PDF in Apple Pages?

This question has been asked in regard to Safari, and some six years ago, so i would like to reiterate this with a focus on Pages. I am trying to understand how it works. If i run File -> Export to ...
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Mac Preview— Cannot drag note icon while highlighting pdf

I am trying to annotate pdf on Preview and when I add note a highlighted text, I cannot drag or reposition the note icon (box). I have attached a screen shot to explain my question. Is it a bug or ...
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“No PDFs” in iBooks on ipad; i.e. PDFs don't persist in Library

PDFs instantly disappear in iBooks after I click out of them. In particular, I can read PDFs by going into the "Files" app, going to my icloud drive, clicking a pdf, then clicking "open ...
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Keep copy/paste and TOC in PDF converted from ebook?

For research, I often convert non-DRM ebooks to PDF using Calibre. The resulting PDF has a TOC with working links. However, it is not searchable in Preview, and copy/paste results in blank white ...
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How can I create a well-structured PDF with macOS?

I'm trying to put together a text-based PDF that will be read with a screen reader. In order to make the reading process as straightforward as possible I've used a hierarchy of three levels of ...
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Viewing Adobe yellow sticky notes with Skim

My go-to viewer is Skim, which I really like. However, each time I get a pdf with adobe-generated comments I see only a yellow square but not the actual comment. Is there anyway to see the contents of ...
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Is there a way to automatically save Pages documents copies as PDF on every save?

Is there a way to enable Pages (version 10.1 (6913)) to automatically save a copy of the current document as PDF every time I save it to avoid a manual export?
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Security Hardening Adobe Acrobat DC for macOS

The Security Team is asking me to install the Adobe Acrobat DC (Version 2020.009.20067) package to our macOS laptops. (Mojave 10.14.6) In addition to simply push the Adobe Acrobat DC package to our ...
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Preview shows logical page numbers only in thumbnail view

I have been noticing a weird quirk lately in Preview - on Mojave 10.14.6 - when viewing PDFs with logical page numbers (those that start with roman numerals and then switch to Arabic numbers). Preview ...
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Embed custom font in PDF file

I inserted text into a PDF document with Preview in a custom font I had installed on my Mac. When I transferred it to my iPad and opened it with Notability, to my horror all the text had been removed. ...
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IPad app to annotate PDF without showing a toolbar

I want to find an iPad app that allows me to annotate a PDF with an Apple Pemcil while all the app’s toolbars and navigation menus etc. are hidden. Ideally, I would like to select an annotation tool (...
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How to convert pdf file to tiff, then tiff to pdf with automator?

I have a lot of pdf files with different type of data in it: text, images, stamps etc. And I need to convert them to look like it's a scanned pdf, i.e. bitmap pdf. I need the same file with the same ...
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Can't install Adobe Acrobat Reader. “Found a higher version Adobe Acrobat Reader in the installation location.”

A government client is sending me PDF documents that I can't read - Adobe Acrobat tells me I need a newer version of itself and gives me a link to the Adobe web site. On my Windows laptop, I installed ...
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App for reading Academic PDFs

My question is very simple. I read a lot of scientific papers, full of equations, references etc... and sometimes going back and forth through all the pages is annoying. A nice feature of TexShop is ...
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Selecting highlighted text in preview

When I select highlighted text in Preview, I am unable to copy and paste it. If I try to paste it into a text editor, I hear the system alert sound and nothing happens. If I begin my selection just ...
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How to copy pdf file to Books using File manager?

I have many pdf books in iCloud, now I wanna read it with Books application, according to https://support.apple.com/en-qa/HT205751, It said can Tap the share button and Tap copy to Books. But When I ...
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Rotate attachment in Markup on iPad?

Someone has sent me a scanned document as a PDF in an email attachment. I'd like to use the built-in Markup tools on my iPad to annotate the attachment and send it back. Unfortunately, the original ...
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How do I drag a text box in Preview?

When using Preview, I can create a text box to add text on top of a PDF. However, the text box is not always created in the correct area. I find that I can use the Arrow Keys to move the text box. Or, ...
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Apple Preview resets notes and highlighting on a PDF. How do I recover them?

I ended up having exactly the problem described here: I was highlighting and taking notes on a PDF file with macOS 10.14 Apple Preview and I realised only yesterday after finishing studying a ...
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Arabic PDF is not searchable in iPad Acrobat or any other iPad PDF Reader

I have an Arabic PDF Document, the font used is Arial, it is searchable in Acrobat Mac. but when I open the same file in iPad Acrobat or any other pdf reader like PSPDF Viewer the arabic texts are ...
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Batch print with printer preset in MacOS

I have 50+ documents to print with the exact same printer settings and I'm trying to batch print them using the existing printer preset. What I've done so far: open all documents in one preview ...
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Cannot Download or View Canadian Immigration Form

I would like to download and view Canadian Immigration Form 1294E, the application to be filed by a non-Canadian person living overseas who wishes to come to Canada for study. I live in the US. The ...
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On an iPad, can I “markup and reply” to two PDFS in the same email?

If someone sends me an email containing a PDF attachment (or a JPG, or another image format...) I know that, on an iPad, I can markup the attachment and then send the marked-up document in a reply to ...
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Using automator and AppleScript to move a file to a different folder and subfolder based on name and content of a file

I'm a total newbie on Automator and Scripting... I have read a lot of answers to problems a bit similar to mine, but I don't succeed to adapt with Automator + AppleScript. Here is what I want to do: ...
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How to save a pdf file in a browser window without downloading it again?

Typically on my Macbook Pro, I click on URLs to pdf documents and they open in a browser window (say, Safari or Chrome), and later if I wish to keep a copy of the pdf file, I click the down arrow icon....
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PDF marked up in OSX Preview loses all formatting once i try to re-edit after saving

I have an issue when i use OSX's preview tool to markup a PDF, at first the markup works fine, but if i save the PDF and re-open it to edit the text the text loses all its formatting. In the example ...
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File tree on Linux via ifuse doesn't match ipad

I have managed to get the linux tools idevicepair and ifuse working. I created a directory called ipad and I see Books, DCIM, Downloads iTunes_Control PhotoData Photos and Recordings. I can see them ...
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Why can't I paste an image into a PDF Doc in Preview? (need to insert wet signature)

If Preview allows entering textboxes and drawing shapes and lines and even coloring them, why is it impossible to paste an image onto the PDF document? Isn't it exactly the same concept? Why does one ...
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Applescript to batch convert Screenwriter documents to PDF

I'd be grateful for some help as I don't know what I'm doing. I have zero AppleScript knowledge and I'm really struggling. I am archiving old screenplays written in Movie Magic Screenwriter, (https://...
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How to export multi page pdf into multi page JPEG in preview?

I have a pdf document with 5 pages. I would like to export it in JPEG format (or any image format). But if I hit File->export->export as JPEG, it only saves the first page of the pdf document as a ...
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editing pdf logical page numbers

I often read book-length documents in pdf format. Sometimes the book has some un-numbered pages before the content starts, which means that the page numbers of the pdf file don't match the page ...
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How to batch extract nth page from pdfs

I'd like to extract the 9th page from around ~500 pdfs. the input name and the output name should be the same. I have Acrobat installed. Macos 10.13 Acrobat has a nice Action wizard feature - I was ...
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MacOS Outlook 2019 how to make PDF body of email in 2020

I googled a lot but couldn't find an answer. I want to send an email using outlook (latest) on Mac OS and I want to make the body of the email be a PDF. (not as an attachment).
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Preview says “The file couldn't be saved” for a pdf document

Note this is different from the similar question Preview fails to save pdf forms because that other question is about pdf *forms but this is one is just a normal pdf. I am using Preview for the first ...

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