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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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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 ...
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iCloud is not allowing files to be opened from PDF viewer

I just get untouchable icons like this in the Files app on my iPad. What could be the problem here?
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Change font size for PDF Text comments in Preview

I would like to change the font size for PDF Text comments in Preview? I am aware that acrobat allows you to do this. I am looking for a solution in Preview (Version 8.1 (877.7)) This is a ...
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How do I transfer a note with 6+ images from an iPhone to a Mac?

I take notes on my phone (text, to-do lists), take photos from within the notes (click (+) and "Take Photo or Video"), and then need to merge those notes into a larger report on my laptop. I am ...
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Disable auto-save in Preview (only Preview): Mojave edition

This has been asked before, on earlier OS versions, but doesn't seem to have gained satisfactory answers. I'm looking for a way to disable auto-save in Preview (only). Background: In OS X Lion, ...
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Text search in PDF files with iPadOS 13

In iOS 12 the Preview builtin in the Files opens a PDF file nicely but there is no text search possibility (magnifier glass). To find a word in a large pdf document it is necessary to reopen the file ...
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Batch Find and Replace in PDF [duplicate]

I am trying to do a batch find and replace operating in PDF files. Goal is to search for SKUs in a supplier's catalog and replace it with our sales price. Result does not have to look nice, as long as ...
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Getting OCRmyPDF to work with PDFMiner

I'm trying to get OCRmyPDF to work on my Mac. I installed it successfully by running: brew install ocrmypdf But when I tried using it by running: ocrmypdf --redo-ocr input.pdf output.pdf I get ...
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Preview won't display diagram in PDF

I have a PDF opened in Preview where on one page a diagram should show, but it doesn't. The same holds for the program "PDF Reader Pro Lite" and probably other PDF readers. But if I open the PDF in ...
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How do I export emails to PDF without the “See More from…” history expanded at the end of the messages?

I want to generate a PDF of an email correspondence. I don't want my PDF to include, at the end of each email, a quoted history of every message prior to it. I open a conversation in Mail. I do not ...
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Firefox: opening PDF from desktop as new tab, not new window

Not sure if this is an Apple problem per se, but every time I open a PDF from my computer it opens in Firefox as a new window. I'd like it to be open in a new tab which is what Chrome does for example....
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How to force preview to open window in current desktop

I am facing a super stupid problem which is completely killing my productivity. I have my laptop attached to an external monitor. Desktop 1 is on the laptop and desktop 2 is on the external screen. ...
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When inserting notes in Preview app, apostrophes become double-byte characters

Whenever I type a word with an apostrophe inside a note that I insert in a PDF document in Preview (i.e. "I'm"), the apostrophe automatically becomes a double-byte character. I have no idea why this ...
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How to change font color of notes made on Preview?

Its possible to add notes in a pdf file with macOS Preview app, by doing: Tools > Annotate > Note Or usinng shortcut ctrl+cmd+N. The note is enclosed by a colored box and its possible to ...
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Merge pdfs sequentially

I would like to merge 4 pdfs, pdf1.pdf, pdf2.pdf, pdf3.pdf pdf4.pdf together so that the pdfs are spliced, i.e. the first page will be the first page of pdf1, the second the first of pdf2, the third ...
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Text markup changes style when I edit it after document re-opening in Preview

I have a pre-set style when I markup PDF documents with text in Preview. This is the default style when I add a new annotation: As long as I edit the annotation in my current session, it stays the ...
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HP LaserJet wont print OCR'ed file or Power Point file, sent from OSX

I've got an HP Colour LaserJet Pro MFP M281fdw printer. The printer works fine for word docs, images etc and PDFs (which are not OCR'ed) If a PDF has been created from a scanned document then OCR'...
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My Books app in my ipad pro deletes/disappears my pdfs. I am on IOS 12.2 and it is was updated a couple weeks back without issue

What did happen is that I was reading one of the PDFs and the next time I opened it, the Book app was frozen. So, I shut off the ipad. When I turned it back on, I realized that I went from 130 PDFs ...
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Dynamic XFA PDF forms on a Mac and Safari

I am using Mac OS 10.13.6. I have downloaded and installed the latest version of Adobe Reader. I use Safari as my browser. I am going to a website which has Dynamic XFA PDF forms. Each time I click ...
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PDFs disapeared from iBooks

I suddenly lost many of my PDFs from iBook. The only thing suspicious that I did was bookmarking a non PDF book. I have iCloud back up enabled for iBooks. Something strange is showing up here though, ...
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windows pdf highlight, underline, etc come with a square in mac preview?

How to get rid of them in the first place? I mean, I don't want to delete them one by one as in the other threads. I just want to know how to prevent this happening at all(may be has something to do ...
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How to make Preview render PDF docs with crisp fonts on MacBook Air (without Retina Display) in Mojave?

Hi have a Macbook Air (previous model, no retina display). Ever since the Mojave update, Preview renders text in PDF files quite blurry compared to Adobe Acrobat. For instance, here is a screenshot ...
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Lock iPad into single folder view with pdf files

I have a requirement, to have an iPad locked to a single folder view, with 1 level subfolders, each with a list of pdf files: . ├── Bob Dylan/ │ ├── file1.pdf │ ├── file2.pdf │ ├── file3.pdf │ ...
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Bundle identifier of Zathura (not listed in 'Applications' folder, to be used in Karabiner)

I installed a PDF reader called Zathura in MacOS Mojave 10.14.4. Zathura's version is 0.4.3, and I installed it through Homebrew (brew install zathura). It works correctly: I can open PDFs in ...
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On iPad or iPhone, how to progress PDF with “Fade” or “Appear” instead of slide-in from right?

The pages of my pdf presentation add incremental changes to the first page. The second page, for instance, consists of the diagram on the first page in addition to a few more lines. This way a complex ...
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Being able to colour in a PDF with the pencil

I have the ipad 9" (not pro) with the apple pencil. I'd like to get a PDF with colour in pages and then on the ipad be able to colour in with the Apple pencil (think of the Pigment app, where you can ...