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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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How can I make the draggable titlebar file icon always appear at the top of files in Big Sur?

I don't know the nomenclature for this, but there used to be always a little file icon at the top of say, a pdf or jpeg which could be dragged to put the file somewhere else (eg paste it into an email)...
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Big Sur: PDF Service shell script cannot call python

I recently upgraded from Mohave to Big Sur, and the shell script I use as a PDF Service has stopped working. The script calls a Python script to process the PDF, and this gives the error "...
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How to force Books to keep local files offline?

I have many PDF and epub books that I have manually added to my Books library. However, when I try to open them, many times they have to be downloaded from iCloud because somehow they were uploaded ...
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Mac Automator: combine images in PDF and resize

I not too familiar with Automator for Mac. I am trying to create a quick action to combine several images in a single PDF file and reduce its size with a quartz filter. The actions does indeed create ...
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Printing Problem - scanned Pdfs print black on black

tldr: I have scanned pdfs which look ok - like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xt2zsz8ygad9vz0/test%20scan.pdf?dl=0 - but they print like this: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ono1f39yv68sgql/output.pdf?dl=...
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Preview, can it be used to cut off pages?

In some academic conferences, Preview is not allowed to cut off pages. For example: https://media.icml.cc/Conferences/ICML2021/Styles/example_paper.pdf Please do not use Apple’s preview to cut off ...
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Change the default background colour for text fields added to PDFs in Preview?

In Preview you can add text fields to PDFs using the text tool on the toolbar. Every time I add such a text field the background colour is reverted to transparent. All other text properties (i.e., ...
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Garbage when printing pdf exported from Pages

I have an issue when printing pdf documents exported from Pages. The pdf looks fine in Preview but when printing, the printer (Xerox 3260 with latest drivers) just spits out almost empty pages with ...
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Exporting webpage as PDF from Safari

I seek a web clipper some apps (Notion, Bear, etc) have but I want it from Safari on the Mac without adding third party extensions or apps. I know you can go to Safari>File>Export as PDF but ...
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Preview assigned on all desktop on BigSur

After updating from Big Sur from Catalina I have encountered some problems with the Preview app. I use multiple Desktops (on the same screen) and after a pdf is opened, then when I switch to the ...
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Convert images from JPGS to PDFS with the terminal [duplicate]

Good morning, is there a way to convert image formats such as PNG, JPG to PDF using the terminal? Would appreciate an answer very much.
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Hand-writing annotations on Keynote or PDF slides

For teaching purposes I would like to be able to handwrite on slides as I give a presentation, ideally with a Wacom graphics tablet which I already own commented to my Mac running Big Sur 11.4. ...
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How can I create an option in the print PDF pop up menu with Automator?

I tried to create a print plug-in for pdf pop-up menu, where I'd like to open the PDF in messages so I can send as a text or iMessage. After a few trials it did launch the messages app but it didn't ...
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Always open all applications in full screen at OS startup

There are many discussions on how to open Applications in full screen in macOS, like https://osxdaily.com/2018/05/15/make-apps-open-full-screen-mac-automatically/ But there are still many stubborn ...
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How to print a selection of a PDF document: Safari on Mac using MS Word

I’m using Safari on Big Sur, and need to capture a small section of a document to send off to someone. In Safari you cannot print just a selection of a page. Suggestions on how to do this?
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How do I print webpages to PDF on Big Sur?

I can't find any way to do this for free. Is there any free virtual printer for Big Sur so that I can print webpages (from chrome/firefox) to pdf? I learned about cups-pdf and pdfwriter but homebrew ...
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Adobe Acrobat Ridiculous Document Protection – How to prevent an image from being copied from a PROTECTED document?

I have added images to a PDF and I have protected that PDF with password, so the only think, in theory, that I have authorized is printing. Even so I open that PDF on Preview, click on any image, CMD ...
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Mac Preview app: Background color in full screen mode

The macOS Preview app has the option to change the background color (the one behind, say, a pdf file). However, in fullscreen mode it seems that the background color remains unchanged. Is this a bug? ...
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Delete metadata

There is a program provided by Apple to see most of the metadata in a file. It is nice to have the metadata clearly arranged, but the catch is that you cannot delete it or I don't know how to delete ...
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iBooks management of PDF files

I’ve always used “Open in iBooks” to view PDF files I come across on the internet. I don’t do anything explicit to save these files, but it seems something does because when I open iBooks, those PDFs ...
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How can I read PDFs in scrolling mode on an iPad 2?

I bought a used iPad 2, mainly for reading. After a short while I found out that it won't run a more recent iOS than 9.3.5 and that there are basically no apps that run on this iOS version (rendering ...
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How can I share a single page of the pdf or other documents in iOS?

From time to time I need to share a single page from a pdf on iPhone or iPad into some chat in a fast way. The shared page is supposed to be printed, so it should be of good quality. I open pdf's from ...
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Preview for PDFs - Incorrect Pages are Bookmarked

I'm experiencing a strange error when bookmarking pages in a PDF document using Preview. If I bookmark a file whose book-listed page is 666 and whose actual page within the document is 703, for ...
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How to create a script with Automator to watermark each PDF in a folder with a different watermark?

I am trying to create a script to watermark a group a PDF files in a folder, each PDF has to have a unique watermark. All the PDFs are in one folder, all the watermarks are in .png located in another ...
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How to fix Run-time error 53 every time I open a document in Word or a worksheet in Excel on Big Sur?

Since I installed macOS Big Sur, I have run into this problem every time I open a document using Word or a worksheet using Excel or a slide show in PowerPoint: Run-time error '53': File not found: ...
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Convert .pages to .pdf with images as a preview (or convert vectorized images to lossy formats within .pdf)

I have a long paper in which all of the pictures I drew and put them in the document as .pdf. Is there a way to protect these images from copying by conversion to image formats such as (.jpeg, .png, ...
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Automator: combine images as PDF with useful file name

I have an Automator service (see below) which takes a folder of images and combines into a PDF. But I would like the name of the PDF to be based on the name of the first (or any) of the images. I.e., ...
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splitting pdf with pdftk

I have a pdf document with an even number of pages, say 2n, and I would like to split it into n documents, say pages1_2.pdf, pages3_4.pdf, ....., pages2n-1_2n.pdf, each of which consists of 2 ...
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PDF with hyperlinks: disable printing of link "boxes" in Preview app

I am creating a lot of PDF documents using LaTeX. Prior to Catalina, when using Preview, embedded hyperlinks in those PDF documents were shown with a red or cyan border, but that border didn't appear ...
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Can AppleScript be used to trigger a Quick Action (e. g. create PDF from selected files)?

The "Create PDF" Quick Action is much quicker and reliable than every other solution I have tested to create a single PDF from hundreds of images (.jpg or .png), be it Automator or a Python ...
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How to save PDFs in Safari at specific locations?

When I click on a PDF link in Safari, it opens using Preview. At the bottom of the PDF file, there are controls buttons (see here https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/safari/ibrw1090/mac). When I ...
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Mac keyboard shortcut to open recently closed pdf file on preview

Lately, preview on Mac is not saving all the pdf highlights (seen some discussion online about this with no solution yet). I highlight quite a bit of pdfs regularly. The one solution, although ...
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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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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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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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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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