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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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Create PDF order in iPad Files App

I am fairly confident that when previously (iPadOS14) the Create PDF option created a new PDF in page order of the respective filenames. In my example, it was be the page order of the created (...
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What could prevent a PDF from adding text in Preview?

Same PDF file, two different Macs - one new iMac M1 running Big Sur, the other an old Mac Pro still on Mojave. Prefs on both Preview apps are identical. Permissions are fine. Both Macs were sent ...
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Opening PDFs in the same window using Preview not working with Monterey?

On Big Sur, I had no issues opening multiple PDFs in tabs under the same Preview window. However, ever since I upgraded to Monterey, Preview seems to be opening separate windows for each PDF I open. ...
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What is a program to display PDF's in a dark theme friendly fashion on MacOS?

I am trying to read all my PDF's in dark theme, to preserve my vision since I work at a computer all day. Adobe Acrobat reader offers this feature, in that you can go into accessibility and change the ...
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If I highlight and annotate a PDF in iBooks, will those highlights be kept if in Adobe Acrobat?

If I highlight a PDF in iBooks on an iPhone and save the PDF, will those highlights be present if I open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat? Or vice versa?
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Adding metadata/keywords to pdf

What software, either Apple built-in or open-source, could add metadata/keywords to a pdf document? I have tried Inkscape, but that overwrites metadata. I want to add keywords specifically to an ...
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Emacs can't find latexmk

I've been using org-mode in Emacs for a while now; specifically, I've installed emacs-mac with brew install --cask emacs-mac and then installed Doom Emacs. A problem I've consistently had with my ...
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How to upload a pdf from iPhone

I want to upload a pdf to an app. It’s a certificate for COVID but I do not see option to upload it from Files or iCloud. The other app where I can download only provide pdf and saving options are ...
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How to remove the sidebar in iOS Preview?

I like to read PDFs on iPad (manuals, articles etc.). For some reason, unlike on macOS Preview, the thumbnail side is shown permanently. This seems to me a SERIOUS design flaw: it deprives the user of ...
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AppleScript to convert PDF to TIFF in Preview

Is there a way to use AppleScript to open a PDF and export as TIFF? This works fine for Keynote files to TIFF: tell application "Keynote" set doc to open "/Users/ryan/my/input/file....
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Why is look-up not working properly in Chrome PDF viewer

I have a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) running Big Sur 11.6. Chrome is Version 94.0.4606.71 (Official Build) (x86_64). When I'm using look-up in Chrome PDF viewer, it would ...
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What software is this?

After the start of the pandemic people have been using increasingly nicer software when giving talks on Zoom. Among the nicest ones I've seen is one in which a PDF file is presented while the speaker ...
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How to strip comments and annotations from a lot of PDF documents

I have many PDF files which contain comments and annotations made with Adobe Acrobat Reader. However, it will take many hours to copy these files with the comment being deleted manually. Does macOS ...
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Unable to delete page in pdf using preview

I received an encrypted pdf file. Usually, I'm able to delete and/or rearrange pages in the pdf using preview, but this one doesn't allow me that option. What is preventing me from making edits?
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Seamless PDF note taking between iPad Pro and MacOS?

When viewing a PDF file, is there a way to take notes on it on my iPad Pro (highlight, write, etc) and then have it seamlessly transfer to my MacBook Air where I can take notes as well? The ideal way ...
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What version of PDF/A does Preview produce?

If I use the Export menu in Preview it gives me an option to make various versions of my PDF including PDF/A. What PDF/A is this, 1b, 2b, 2u, other?
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Why is the Bookmark button disabled in Apple Books?

I'm reading a PDF manual downloaded from the internet in Apple Books. The Bookmark icon is disabled. How can I fix this? Can I fix it directly from my iPad?
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Automator in Big Sur 11.4: print a renamed/dated invoice to a Dropbox folder

A similar question has been asked and answered, but I think my question is different enough to post. In Mojave I had an Automator print plugin that allowed me to print a dated pdf of an Amazon invoice ...
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Notes not appearing on PDF when reopened

I bought my first MacBook Air and am having trouble with the Preview app. I am reading a PDF and have highlighted some important phrases and added notes(or memos) for future references. So here is ...
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Fix/restore "Print to PDF" to preset location in Big Sur

Recently updated to Big Sur. Previously in Catalina (and prior) I was able to open a print dialog box, select the PDF drop down and choose a preset folder I had saved (Dropbox/Receipts folder) where ...
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Can’t find PDF files nested in subfolders in Big Sur

I have noticed that PDF I have in certain folders on my Mac cannot be found using Alfred/Raycast/Finder if they have never been opened before. Spotlight finds them though. To give an idea of my ...
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Automatically set PDF file type when saving edited PDFs in Preview

Is there any way to automatically set the file type to PDF when saving a duplicated, edited PDF file in Preview? My work flow is typically this: Open a PDF file Duplicate it for editing Find and ...
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Force Quit preview, and now it won't open the same document I was viewing all day

I was editing this file, and marking it up, highlighting etc, adding picture to it (as described in Add images to existing PDF with Preview), when suddenly Preview froze up and would not budge for a ...
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Safari shows Blocked Plug-In error for a few PDFs

When viewing some PDFs in Safari on a M1 Mac mini (running macOS 11.4), Safari shows a "Blocked Plug-In" page and the PDF is not shown. This happens for example for this PDF, however other ...
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Mac Preview appends Photo in Tab

Problem Each time I want to view an image, such as a .png or .jpeg file on my Mac, Preview is opened as my default app for files like these. If Preview is already in use of reading a .pdf at that time,...
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is there a pdf viewer that doesn't take over the screen in presenter mode? [closed]

I am looking for a PDF viewer that just shows the PDF in presenter mode (on OSx), but in a small window, not one that takes over the screen in presentation mode as Preview. I just want to share that ...
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When printing, does Mac handle converting PDFs to rasters, or does the printer do that?

My printer states in its specifications that it supports PostScript 3, PCL 5e/6, PDF, and TIFF. However, several other printers from that manufacturer do not state they support PDF. On the printers ...
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Why display of this PDF in Safari disappears after scrolling down? Possible relationship to energy usage?

This comment links to https://arxiv.org/abs/2005.13162 https://arxiv.org/abs/2002.12539 I right-click both in Safari, opening new private viewing tabs then click PDF on each page. The first one (1.) ...
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Script / automator action that combines pdfs with the same name from different folders

I'm trying to write a simple script / automator tool that should achieve the following: I have 600 Pdf-Files in one folder and 600 Pdf-Files with the identical names in a different folder. Now I would ...
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Mac OS Creating PDF's weirdly large in size since I changed my iPhone

I have recently bought an iPhone SE and switched to HEIC format for the pictures. I am sending the files to my Mac (Early 2015 Pro, Mojave) with AirDrop. Even though the sizes of images are just shy ...
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How to lock the zoom level in any pdf reader on iOS?

I have tried several pdf readers on an iPad. I maximize the width so there's hardly any marginsby pinching out and release. The width is locked if I swipe accidently left or right. However if I touch ...
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How can I print varying number of multiple pages per sheet on Mac? (Standard layout / print multiple pages option does not suit)

I've got a bunch of pdfs containing text. Each page is of the same width, but each page is of a different height. Some pages only contain a few lines of text, other pages contain a lot of text. I want ...
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How can I make preview stop wrapping around when paging?

If I open a PDF document in Preview and navigate through the pages normally using Page down and Page up, then if I hold down the keys to trigger auto-repeat, when I reach the bottom (or top) of the ...
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Can a Mac be programmed to simulate pressing a key at or immediately after the launch of an app or opening of a type file?

I am trying to set the Preview app to not jump from page to page, but scroll between them and only show one column of pages, but I found that the relevant settings won't actually be stored, and will ...
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Overlaying text in Preview

I have a piece of sheet music, and I'd like to replace certain symbols before printing. The official tool for this job is the text box tool in Preview. You type the text and set the background to ...
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Showing previously scanned page when scanning several pages

The scanner window allows us to combine multiple pages in a single PDF document. However, unless one clicks the Overview button before every scanning, the last scanned page is not displayed on the ...
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Is there a way to select only all odd/even pages in the Preview app?

Is there a way to select only all odd/even pages of a PDF document in the Preview app in order to print them via the "Selected Page in Sidebar" option? I'm using the latest available version ...
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Safari - AppleScript does not move to the next section of a bookdown online book

I am writing a script to print a section of a bookdown online book as PDF, then move to the next section, and so on. The print part works (the key codes are from this page): tell application "...
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Is there any method to make PDF print out nicely for highlighting on Google Chrome?

This problem happens on Google Chrome but is also on the Mac, so I am not entirely sure if it is a Mac related issue or Chrome issue. For some webpages, such as https://redux.js.org/introduction/...
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What is the difference between Export as PDF and Export > Format: PDF (Preview)

Recently I drew a simple line on a blank page in Preview. I realized, that if I export the Document via File > Export as PDF, and open the exported Document, I don't have the ability to move around ...
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Some Application keeps creating folders

I opened a write-protected and locked PDF-file with the Preview app. Originally it was located within a folder at the desktop. Afterwards, I moved the file within its folder to a different location. ...
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How to copy text in Preview in password protected PDF

According to this question preview previously didn't care about password protection on pdfs. Now in big sur I'm finding pdfs fairly often that don't allow me to copy text unless I have a password. ...
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How can I move my PDF files listed in the Acrobat app from the iPad storage to Adobe Document Cloud?

I use Acrobat on my iPad to read PDFs. They are currently stored on the iPad. How can I move all my PDF files from the iPad storage to Adobe Document Cloud? Note that: I can't transfer multiple files+...
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Is there a way to print a webpage as PDF in landscape mode using Safari?

Short question is: can I use Safari to print out a webpage as PDF, but in landscape mode, if no printer is added whatsoever? Details: First of all, I cannot use Google Chrome to print out the ...
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Manually adding PDF to iBooks on iOS 6, using Linux

There's a long story behind using iOS 6, but basically: I have an iPad 2 WiFi, and it's still a pleasure to read on - but performance on iOS 9 is horrendous, so I use iOS 6 thanks to Coolbooter. I ...
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Automatic (or a quick) way to add page numbers to a pdf document

I have a macbook and am running Big Sur 11.2.2. I have some pdf documents with over a hundred pages that I need to put in page numbers. I'd rather not have to do this manually for every page, and was ...
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Opening pdfs on firefox in a new tab

Using Firefox 86.0 on Big Sur 11.2 and I am trying to find out how to immediately open pdfs in a new tab on firefox when I am given the option to download them. This option was available as the first ...
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Applescript help to open specific pages from separate PDFs in same or different window, via their URL or UUID?

I use a database app called DEVONthink (DT), which stores PDF files. I could use a hand writing a little script which is already partially written. Its use-case is to activate DT, then bring-to-...
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Why would fonts render differently between different versions of MacOS?

Recently, I purchased a new Mac and moved from 10.13 to 10.15 in the transition. One thing that I have noticed is that my papers, which are PDFs, no longer render correctly. The greek letters are ...
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Download Entire iMessage History with One Person as Plain Text

I am doing some archiving after a loss and would like to preserve a chat thread with one person in plaid text/pdf (not .HTML by date). The thread goes back 2.5years, so there is a lot. I have accessed ...
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