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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 does my exFAT external disk show errors on Windows and corrupt PDF files after formatting on macOS?

I partitioned an external disk as exFAT on my Mac using diskutil and the following commands: diskutil list diskutil unmountDisk force disk2 sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/disk2 bs=1024 count=1024 ...
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Maintain document state in Preview not working when PDF changed

I am using Emacs and AUCTeX on macOS Sonoma to modify PDFs that are open in Preview 11.0 when they are recompiled. However, I need to view parameters (page and view height/width) to remain the same ...
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Is there a way to find/restore files from temporary printing folder?

I have opened my visa application page with Print Preview and thought that it was saved this way. But now, I can't find it anywhere on my mac, and there is not way to review it on the website either. ...
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How does one split a PDF into individual pages with Preview

I would like to take a single 30-page PDF and split it so that it is 30 individual 1-page files (one file from each page of the original PDF). I know that I have successfully done this in the past ...
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iOS default PDF viewer - go to specific page number

Is this actually possible? I’ve tried long pressing on the page counter, looking in all the menus and typing page numbers into the search box… On an iPhone using iOS 17, if the iPhone and iPad apps ...
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"Preview" cannot add bookmarks to specific pages

I prefer to read books in PDF format (and not in ePUB). For this, I use Preview, and of course I use bookmarks (menu bar > Tools > Add Bookmark, or Command-D). The problem is that some books ...
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Is there a way to override a Mac system font

I am using Avenir Next Condensed.ttc which is a Mac system font. This is my client's brand font. My Mac OS and my Adobe software are all up to date. The problem is most definitely in Adobe Acrobat, ...
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A PDF viewer that can reload and open pdf attached files

I'm searching for a PDF viewer with two specific capabilities: firstly, the ability to open attached PDF files, similar to Foxit PDF Reader or Adobe PDF Reader. Secondly, I need it to automatically ...
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Use Preview to edit at PDF which asks for two different phone numbers

I need to edit a PDF which has two fields marked "Phone no.". The phone numbers should be different from each other. Preview recognizes that these fields are for phone numbers, and "...
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Open pdf in Books

I used to use Books on my iPad but transferring files now seems difficult. Attempting to sync with a Mac seems to delete files. I can AirDrop to Files but seem unable to open/transfer to my Books ...
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Need help w Apple Script reading text and copying files to new folder

I'm needing help with an AppleScript I've been using. The current script I use reads a text file that contains pdf file names, and then moves those to a different folder. This one works well but I ...
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Transfer PDFs from a Win PC to iBooks on iPad3

I have a Win PC and an older Ipad3 (iOS 9.3.6) which I want to use as a PDF reader. Right now I copy the PDFs from my PC to iDrive/iCloud. On the iPad, in the iCloud app I "Share/Send" the ...
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Preview arbitrarily breaks up scans into multiple PDFs, Image Capture does not?

I'm running macOS 14.1 (23B74). I have a Canon MF656Cdw. I find if I scan from the document feeder using Preview, it will sometimes break up the scan into separate PDFs in a way that's, well, ...
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Non-subscription gui software to manually rotate a page in a pdf by a few degrees for deskewing

I'm looking for a piece of software that can run on macos, that has a gui, and that enables the user to manually rotate a page in a pdf by a few degrees (say up to 5) in order to deskew the image. I ...
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Why does the markup bar on preview only display the "doodle" tool sometimes?

I feel like I'm going insane. In the markup bar on preview, there are "usually" two draw tools - the "sketch" one that autocorrects doodles to squares, arrows and ellipses, and the ...
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Restore lost "last session" of preview

I'm on MacOS Sonoma. I have been using Preview extensively for research and had quite a lot of pdf's open (to be able to pick up where I left at later time). I have set Preview to reopen all ...
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How to disable (or, remove) "From email" linking and versions associated with a macOS Apple Mail "Save Attachment…" PDF?

How to disable (or remove) "From email" linking and versions associated with a macOS Mail "Save Attachment…" PDF via a setting? or by some scripting/automation approach? The action ...
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How to make Safari view PDFs instead of downloading them

When I click a link to a pdf on Safari on Mac, it downloads the pdf file instead of viewing it in the browser tab. Reading previous similar questions, it seems like this behavior is supposed to be ...
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Catalina - default color of text annotation tool in preview

I have to introduce a large number of small texts into a pdf with preview by CMD-c and CMD-v from a text file through the pdf. Each time I open a new area, the text annotation tool returns to zero ...
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The means for Applescript to access the PDF menu button from the Chrome Print window changed in Sonoma

I have an AppleScript that used to work to print a Chrome tab to pdf. I recently updated to Sonoma and the script no longer works. I have not run the script for a long time, so I don't know that it ...
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How to install pdftools with MacPorts?

After installing R-pdftools with MacPorts (V2.8.1 on Sonoma) without any error messages I cannot find pdftools in Terminal. What's wrong?
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How to read PDF on iPhone in narrower columns?

How can I read the text of a PDF on my iPhone redrawn to fit narrower columns? So that the words on screen can be bigger and I won't need to scroll sideways to read a line. The best I've found so far ...
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How can I edit Books’ metadata on iOS?

On iPhone SE 2 running iOS 16.6.1, there is no feature to edit the “Author” field in the Books app, for PDFs. There is no feature to edit the metadata of files in the Files app either:
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Page from a website won't print to PDF in some browsers

I’m using Safari on macOS Catalina (version 10.15.7) to plan bus trips on octranspo.com. When I have the times and route finalized I’ll print the map to a PDF. If I use Firefox or Brave the page has a ...
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Why is my Quick Actions menu (mostly) empty? I want to combine text-file and/or Pages-files into a PDF

When I right click on a Pages file (singular) or multiple text-files and open the Quick Actions submenu it is empty (only Customize… is visible). According to https://support.apple.com/guide/mac-help/...
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How do I set the default zoom when viewing PDFs in Safari?

In Mac OS X 10.14, Safari defaults to "zoom to fit" when opening a PDF. There used to be a WebKitPDFScaleFactor item in the safari.plist but I don't think it exists anymore. How do I change ...
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Printer prints black as white and black as white.. why?

This happens only with PDF files. Same file if I print from a windows laptop it prints fine. From MacBook (2021, M1, Sonoma) it will print black as white and white as black. This is on a Canon E 440 ...
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How to prevent preview from recognizing the numbers in PDFs as phone numbers?

As a tech worker, I often read documents in PDF formats, and Preview often recognize the numerical parameter sets in those documents as "phone contacts". How do I prevent Preview from doing ...
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How do I use Zathura after Homebrew installation?

Command line newbie here. I was looking for a PDF/EPUB reader that didn't annihilate my retinas, and looked like Zathura was a good option since others didn't seem to have dark mode. I installed ...
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Exporting a Pages doc without changing spacing

I have many Pages documents containing song lyrics and guitar chords. Each chord is above a specific word of the song. I need to export it to a web app. Everything I have tried changes the spacing and ...
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PDF document: How to disable redirection to the Maps app on sentences like "1987 Wall Street"?

In a PDF document, apps such as Preview and Skim attempt to redirect to the Maps app when clicking on words that look like an address, e.g. "1987 Wall Street", instead of properly displaying ...
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Keynote equation export to PDF shows different

I am writing an equation with an absolute value: d(c,x)=|c_1-x_1|+|c_2-x_2| In Keynote, it looks good: But when I export to PDF, the equation becomes (absolute notation is not rendered). I am using ...
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PDF Files Appear Corrupted on MacOS Sonoma/Ventura/Monterey (but they aren't really)

My M1 Macbook Pro shows all PDF files as corrupted, whether I'm looking at it in the finder preview pane, using spacebar to quick-preview or double click to open. Opening that same PDF on the same ...
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How can I use the terminal to put put files in a directory into folders, grouping them based on name?

I have a large directory with pdf files in it (several thousand). The files are all named with a 5-digit number at the beginning like this: Directory |___00001 file 1.pdf |___20000 file 1.pdf |...
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Save a webpage with many pictures as a pdf file

So far I have found the best way to save a webpage with many pictures as a PDF file is to use Safari, switch to reader mode then "export as pdf", much better than using Chrome and print to &...
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One to 2 characters truncated on right margin of Apple Email messages when printed or saved as PDF

Some Apple mail client email messages truncate 1 to 2 characters on the right of the message when printed or saved as a PDF. Have tested from a Mac with a printer setup and a Mac that has never had an ...
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pandoc problem with unicode

On MacOS 12.6.9, I try to convert a Markdown file to PDF. For this, I'm using pandoc 3.1.2, installed with Homebrew. There are problems converting the characters ∧ and ∨, which I use for expressing ...
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Preserve arrangement of Preview tabs and windows on restart

To keep organized, I generally open closely-related PDF files as tabs in the same Preview window, with a separate multi-tab window for each distinct subject (so about 4 or 5 windows, with 5 tabs open ...
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Printing a webpage selection with properly formatted math characters

I'm having an issue where I'm trying to print a selection of a webpage with math symbols. If I select a portion of the webpage to print the math symbols are corrupted. However if I print the entire ...
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Preview and PDF: Remove a password which I do know

I have a protected PDF file, in which I cannot highlight text using Preview and which I cannot print without a password. I do know a password, but I cannot understand how to remove it from the ...
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Copy paste with mupdf in MacOS

I would like to copy paste with mupdf in MacOS. I can successfully highlight text by using the CTRL button and the mouse button. But I cannot copy the highlighted text. I tried the following in (found ...
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Copy a book with highlights from iPad to computer

I read PDFs on my iPad so that I can easily highlight them. However, I am unable to find out how to easily copy that PDFs (with the highlights) back to my computer. Please note that I am new to Apple ...
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How to create a PDF to image shortcut in the Shortcuts app

Specifically, I'd like to use Shortcuts.app to receive a PDF in Finder quick actions, create a new folder at the path of the PDF, and export the pages within the PDF as a user-defined image type. I ...
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Why doesn't Preview save all pages of a certain PDF as a PNG file?

I am trying to save a 30-page PDF as a PNG file. I do this by going to File >> Export. However, only the first four pages save into the PNG. This is the case regardless of whether or not all ...
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Jailbroken ipad 2 transfer pdfs

I just jailbroke my old Ipad 2 to add some pdfs to it. Done it with 3uTools and connected to it with WINSCP (im on a PC with Win10). Everything works fine except when i transfer my PDFs to the IPad ...
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Convert PDF to 300 pixels per inch TIFF

I need to convert an existing PDF document into TIFF. The following code works, - tell application "Preview" activate open POSIX file "/Users/john/Desktop/12.pdf" save ...
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Unable to export Pages document as PDF via AppleScript

I try to export Pages document as PDF, and for some reason the app says something is wrong: tell front document of application "Pages" export to "Macintosh HD:Users:myName:Documents:...
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How to check a certificate-based signature on a PDF document on Preview?

Let's say I received a PDF document that supposedly was signed with a digital certificate, instead of pasting a hand-drawn signature. Can I use Preview to see the signature's properties and check if ...
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How to make hyperlinks work on PDFs from MS Word for Mac

I am using Word 16-72 on Ventura 13.4.1. I created a document with numerous hyperlinks to webpages and email addresses. Inside Word, I hover the mouse over the links and if I click, they work. When I ...
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Why is Mac Chrome making pdfs of webpages text unselectable

I wonder if you are experiencing this issue when printing web pages straight to pdf: The issue is the text in the pdf is unselectable. Chrome Version 114.0.5735.198 (Official Build) (arm64) MacBook ...
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