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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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Read screen on iPhone

Read screen feature on iPhone is great. However it is not so easy to use in a sense that you can make it read anything, anywhere. For example, one had better download a PDF file to make it recognize ...
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How do I prevent Preview.app from confirming each time I click on a web link?

Prior to MacOS Ventura, clicking on a web link within a PDF viewed in Preview.app would immediately open that URL in my default browser. Since upgrading to Ventura, however, clicking on such a web ...
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How to write backslash in Apple script

I want to do this from the shell with an Apple Script: /System/Library/Automator/Combine\ PDF\ Pages.action/Contents/MacOS/join -o output inpath1 inpath2 However I don't know how to write backslash ...
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Preview app keep crashing (13.2.1 (22D68))

I edited a PDF with Acrobat, but now when I try to open Preview, it crashes immediately without generating a bug report (it did the first time). I tried to locate the com.apple.Preview.plist file to ...
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Converting several pages from PNG/JPG to PDF with Preview isn't working

I have tried everything and unfortunately have not found a solution so far (although I am not very knowledgeable about it). Preview has not been able to convert several files (e.g. PNG or JPEG files) ...
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PDF reader for iPad that refreshes automatically after changes to the PDF?

I am looking for a pdf reader for my iPad Pro, which automatically refreshes the pdf when another app makes changes to the pdf. I using Vim in a-Shell to edit my LaTeX document and display the pdf ...
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Creating a PDF File from some specific data in HTML Tags in a website in Safari

I have the following task that I need to automate as much as possible: Grab Page Source from currently open site in Safari. This is a site whose HTML structure is fixed, but specific data (such as ...
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PDF icon after unzipping changes

I was recently sent a PDF file obtained by scanning some paper sheets with the software CamScanner (File.pdf). I noticed that the top right corner of the Desktop icon was not fully bent and it looks ...
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DocView mode doesn't show pdf

I read in the manual "Document Viewing" page that DocView mode shows pdf files (since version 23, I found on the Internet), but my version 26 does not. It opens pdf documents always in ...
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Safari Export as PDF - crop / tile / posterize long PDF to multi pages

When I save a webpage with Safari's > File > Export as PDF... Safari renders a long PDF in several (long) pages. Here a screenshot of Preview's Crop Inspector, 200 inch seems to be the height ...
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`open myfile.pdf` raises "no permission" error

Specifically, opening a terminal and writing open myfile.pdf causes a Dialog box in Preview with The file “myfile.pdf” couldn’t be opened because you don’t have permission to view it" To view or ...
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How to use a terminal pipe to apply action iteratively and save a file to the same folder as the input?

I am trying to recursively find all docx files in a folder (with subfolders) and convert them to pdf using a headless LibreOffice instance. I'd like the output file to be saved in the same folder as ...
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Including movie in keynote presentation and then converting it to pdf

I have to make a presentation containing some videos using Keynote. After making the presentation when I export it to pdf, the image appears on the slide but not the video. I am new to keynote ...
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How to select camera for "create signature" in PDF document in Preview 11.0

I am trying to add a new signature to a document in Preview, but when I click on "Create Signature" to use the webcam attached, it instead wants to use the virtual camera defined in OBS, ...
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Create Thumbnail of 1st Page of a PDF

I use an Automator application to move pdf files to a directory, then copy them to another directory, then convert the copy into a thumbnail using only the 1st page, with the file name remaining ...
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How to remove old PDF Services in read-only file system?

I am tidying up my print PDF services (long overdue). But I can't find a way to delete the two "Save to..." PDF services: They were created by me with Automator probably under Catalina and ...
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How do I extract text from images in terminal?

I know how to extract text from images using preview.app, however I would like to use this feature from terminal to extract all the text from a bunch of images. I tried this using this method to apply ...
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Preview fullscreen starts at two pages but reverts to continuous scroll

When I open a pdf file in Preview and click full screen, Preview defaults to the "Two Pages" view option, which I prefer. However, every time I come back after being away from the computer, ...
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Can't save any files into pdf now

I've been using Mac. Suddenly I can't save any files into pdf now. Can't print a webpage into PDF; can't print a word into PDF; and can't even sign on a PDF and save. Even Word's "Save as" ...
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How can I automatically print different PDFs based on specific contents of emails?

Basically an if/then script. If an email contains certain text, then print this PDF. Been trying to figure it out but I have zero idea what I'm doing. Happy to do it myself but can't seem to get ...
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Preview.app print dialog missing Quality and Color vs Black & White?

I just upgraded to macOS Ventura and now the Preview.app doesn't seem to have a Print Quality option or a Color vs Black & White option when I'm printing from Preview. The only weird thing I ...
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PDF Print to different email client?

I’ve been experimenting with MimeStream as my email client and I generally like it. I did the thing of going into Mail’s preferences¹ to change the default email program so most of the time everything ...
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How to get a bitmap from a scan in Apple Notes

I love the scanning capability of Apple Notes, it does a great job of squaring up the images, and the black and white seems to have a good adaptive thresholding algorithm. But, I can't find any way to ...
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Block Quick Look During Downtime

According to System Preferences, the Downtime feature of Screen Time "[s]ets a schedule for time away from the screen. During downtime, only apps that you choose to allow and phone calls will be ...
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Searching for an exact phrase in PDF with Preview

I used to do this all the time. For example, I'd search for "blue house" (two words, with double quotes) and it would find the text "the blue house on the corner", but not "...
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Export handwritten note from Apple Note on iPad to PDF

I am using an iPad for taking handwritten notes. My notes also contain some images I've cut and pasted from the screen capture feature on the iPad. I'd simply like to export my notes to PDF to share ...
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Can I loop an automator task for each file in a folder?

I have been tasked with converting lots of .numbers files to .pdf. Having exported manually did not satisfy me, obviously, so I dug around online and found an automator script (below). It obviously is ...
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Convert one .mbox file to PDF or ePub, locally

I downloaded a large batch of emails using Google Takeout. It generated a single .mbox file (about 2 MB). I would like to read these emails in a single file on my Kobo eReader, which accepts file ...
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Search for text in image using macOS Preview's Live Text OCR

I want to use Apple's new Live Text feature to search a PDF for a specific text phrase. The PDF is a large file without any baked-in encoded text. Just many pages of images of scanned text, stored in ...
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How to support Telugu/Tamil characters in VS Code on macOS

I want to paste Telugu/Tamil text from a PDF file to a VS Code file with a .js extension, but it just shows blocks. Other fonts, like Hindi or Arabic are working fine: when I paste them, it is showing ...
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Can one reopen a PDF in a Safari tab in the same position it was when Safari was quit?

I often read PDF documents in Safari. Whenever I close Safari and reopen it, the PDF I'm currently reading opens on page 1 instead of where I was reading it. This is a big issue for me and one of the ...
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Sharing website in Books (= printing as pdf) does not work anymore in Safari, crashing the website. How to save a pdf of the website to Books?

On my iPhone 7, roughly till 2021, I used to print Safari websites that I wanted to save as a whole pdf by just sharing it with Books. I stopped doing so after switching to another browser, but now, I ...
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How to print one page PDF in a readable way

Good morning! I have saved this internet page as pdf, and now I can't find a way to split it in more A4 format pages.
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How to insert any multi-page .pdf's into Word for Mac without converting it into text, or having to create individual files of each page?

On macOS Monterey, v. 12.5, MacBook Air M1, 2020, and the latest version of Word for Mac (v. 16.64 (22081401), you have two options. If your .pdf is text based, and the God's pity you, you'll have no ...
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MacOS Preview shows only odd pages in one page mode

When reading a pdf with Preview in single-page mode, pressing the arrow keys (right arrow or bottom arrow) displays the +2 page (only the pages that would be on the right side of the 2 pages mode). If ...
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Extract 1 page from a password protected PDF

I have a (large) PDF file generated by a payroll system. Because of sensitive data, this file is protected with a password. I would like to extract one page of file and have this page in a separate ...
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How to convert a pdf file where every page contains 2 pages, to 1 page pdf?

I know the title is not very clear, but I just don't know what exactly to ask. I have a pdf book, it's landscape oriented so every pdf's file page contains 2 pages of the book (if I print A4 page I ...
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Compression of PDF with added images on preview

I have a PDF to which I copied and pasted an image. I am trying to compress the PDF with preview, but whenever I try it, the compression happens only to the original contents of the pdf and not to the ...
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What are "invalid characters" in PDF passwords? "Password contains illegal characters"

I wanted to password-protect a PDF in Preview via the "Edit Permissions ..." dialog. I used a simple random password generator to create a reasonably secure password ... only to get it ...
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Open a file according to its name

On my iMac I would like to open PDF files with Preview, while PDF files that have 'docuni' in the name (e.g. 'docuni1.pdf' or 'docuni2.pdf' etc.) I would like to open by default with Adobe Reader. Is ...
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Pages Export to PDF changes layout

I am using Pages. I have a 255 page document, which includes text and photographs. I intend to export the document as a pdf when completed. Attempts to export drafts of the document, in all three &...
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In Mac Automator, how can I pull text from an email and paste it into other programs?

macOS 11.6.5 I receive email orders at my company. The orders are always in the same format. I created some sample data below. Items I need to extract are email address, customer name, shipping ...
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How do I extract an image out of a PDF using Preview for Mac?

I have a PDF that is from a scanner that is only an image (no text). Is there any way to extract the image out of the PDF in Mac Preview? Or is that the same thing as converting the PDF to an image?
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view or test mini sites locally in Safari browser with relative source references iPad iOS 15.x and higher

Project goal: Publish on iPad html/css static multi page site, external style sheet, images, and maybe animated GIF clips or very short videos. This must run offline from iPad Files storage no calls ...
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Change Redact color in Mac Preview

I am running MacOS Monterey, and I want to remove some text from a PDF file using the Redact option in Preview. However, redacting the text marks it with black background with white crosses in it. Is ...
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How can I tell mac that program X can open file type Y?

Firefox can open pdfs, and for some purposes, it's pdf viewer is advantageous. In particular, the print menu has some options not available elsewhere. Unfortunately, it's not registered as a program ...
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How to make the annotations of a pdf permanent?

I have a PDF and I have written some annotations with a pen on a tablet. I would like now these to be fixed to the PDF, so that nobody can remove the annotation or move them. Is there a simple way to ...
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Fetch data from Preview.app to Terminal

I want to be able to get all the pdf files currently opened by my Preview app into Terminal. The idea is, I want to be able to feed the output to a text file for future reference. My use case may be ...
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How to convert a multi page pdf with text into a multi-page pdf of images?

I need the PDF to look like it has been downloaded, and scanned back to be sent via email. I therefore need a "vector" pdf with text to be converted to a multipage PDF made up of the same ...
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How to use Automator to save a PDF's Metadata to Variable

Essentially I wanted to get the author or title and save it as a variable to use as a subject for an email I am generating through automator. This is what I am attempting to do now: The variable ...
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