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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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Is there a way to automatically save Pages documents copies as PDF on every save?

Is there a way to enable Pages (version 10.1 (6913)) to automatically save a copy of the current document as PDF every time I save it to avoid a manual export?
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Security Hardening Adobe Acrobat DC for macOS

The Security Team is asking me to install the Adobe Acrobat DC (Version 2020.009.20067) package to our macOS laptops. (Mojave 10.14.6) In addition to simply push the Adobe Acrobat DC package to our ...
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Preview shows logical page numbers only in thumbnail view

I have been noticing a weird quirk lately in Preview - on Mojave 10.14.6 - when viewing PDFs with logical page numbers (those that start with roman numerals and then switch to Arabic numbers). Preview ...
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Embed custom font in PDF file

I inserted text into a PDF document with Preview in a custom font I had installed on my Mac. When I transferred it to my iPad and opened it with Notability, to my horror all the text had been removed. ...
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IPad app to annotate PDF without showing a toolbar

I want to find an iPad app that allows me to annotate a PDF with an Apple Pemcil while all the app’s toolbars and navigation menus etc. are hidden. Ideally, I would like to select an annotation tool (...
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How to convert pdf file to tiff, then tiff to pdf with automator?

I have a lot of pdf files with different type of data in it: text, images, stamps etc. And I need to convert them to look like it's a scanned pdf, i.e. bitmap pdf. I need the same file with the same ...
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Can't install Adobe Acrobat Reader. "Found a higher version Adobe Acrobat Reader in the installation location."

A government client is sending me PDF documents that I can't read - Adobe Acrobat tells me I need a newer version of itself and gives me a link to the Adobe web site. On my Windows laptop, I installed ...
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App for reading Academic PDFs

My question is very simple. I read a lot of scientific papers, full of equations, references etc... and sometimes going back and forth through all the pages is annoying. A nice feature of TexShop is ...
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Selecting highlighted text in preview

When I select highlighted text in Preview, I am unable to copy and paste it. If I try to paste it into a text editor, I hear the system alert sound and nothing happens. If I begin my selection just ...
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How to copy pdf file to Books using File manager?

I have many pdf books in iCloud, now I wanna read it with Books application, according to https://support.apple.com/en-qa/HT205751, It said can Tap the share button and Tap copy to Books. But When I ...
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How do I drag a text box in Preview?

When using Preview, I can create a text box to add text on top of a PDF. However, the text box is not always created in the correct area. I find that I can use the Arrow Keys to move the text box. Or, ...
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Apple Preview resets notes and highlighting on a PDF. How do I recover them?

I ended up having exactly the problem described here: I was highlighting and taking notes on a PDF file with macOS 10.14 Apple Preview and I realised only yesterday after finishing studying a ...
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Batch print with printer preset in MacOS

I have 50+ documents to print with the exact same printer settings and I'm trying to batch print them using the existing printer preset. What I've done so far: open all documents in one preview ...
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Cannot Download or View Canadian Immigration Form

I would like to download and view Canadian Immigration Form 1294E, the application to be filed by a non-Canadian person living overseas who wishes to come to Canada for study. I live in the US. The ...
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On an iPad, can I "markup and reply" to two PDFS in the same email?

If someone sends me an email containing a PDF attachment (or a JPG, or another image format...) I know that, on an iPad, I can markup the attachment and then send the marked-up document in a reply to ...
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Using automator and AppleScript to move a file to a different folder and subfolder based on name and content of a file

I'm a total newbie on Automator and Scripting... I have read a lot of answers to problems a bit similar to mine, but I don't succeed to adapt with Automator + AppleScript. Here is what I want to do: ...
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How to save a pdf file in a browser window without downloading it again?

Typically on my Macbook Pro, I click on URLs to pdf documents and they open in a browser window (say, Safari or Chrome), and later if I wish to keep a copy of the pdf file, I click the down arrow icon....
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PDF marked up in OSX Preview loses all formatting once i try to re-edit after saving

I have an issue when i use OSX's preview tool to markup a PDF, at first the markup works fine, but if i save the PDF and re-open it to edit the text the text loses all its formatting. In the example ...
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File tree on Linux via ifuse doesn't match ipad

I have managed to get the linux tools idevicepair and ifuse working. I created a directory called ipad and I see Books, DCIM, Downloads iTunes_Control PhotoData Photos and Recordings. I can see them ...
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Why can't I paste an image into a PDF Doc in Preview? (need to insert wet signature)

If Preview allows entering textboxes and drawing shapes and lines and even coloring them, why is it impossible to paste an image onto the PDF document? Isn't it exactly the same concept? Why does one ...
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How to export multi page pdf into multi page JPEG in preview?

I have a pdf document with 5 pages. I would like to export it in JPEG format (or any image format). But if I hit File->export->export as JPEG, it only saves the first page of the pdf document as a ...
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How to batch extract nth page from pdfs

I'd like to extract the 9th page from around ~500 pdfs. the input name and the output name should be the same. I have Acrobat installed. Macos 10.13 Acrobat has a nice Action wizard feature - I was ...
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MacOS Outlook 2019 how to make PDF body of email in 2020

I googled a lot but couldn't find an answer. I want to send an email using outlook (latest) on Mac OS and I want to make the body of the email be a PDF. (not as an attachment).
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Preview says "The file couldn't be saved" for a pdf document

Note this is different from the similar question Preview fails to save pdf forms because that other question is about pdf *forms but this is one is just a normal pdf. I am using Preview for the first ...
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How to convert an epub file to pdf from the command line?

I want to convert a few .epub files into .pdf files (no merge, just convert file_1.epub to file_1.pdf, file_2.epub to file_2.pdf, ...) and was wondering if there was a way to streamline the process ...
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Combining pdf files with separators

During corona days, I am managing my courses via Moodle. Students submit their work to Moodle in pdf format. Then I download all of them as a single zip file to my disk. When unzip it, the ...
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Very small type size upon starting evince pdf viewer

I use evince as pdf viewer but when I start it running, the type is very small (about 10%) although 100% is written. Looking at Configure Evince to open maximized with 100% zoom level?, I tried the ...
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Prevent downloads in Safari and instead open them directly in the browser

In the web, there is often a link to a file, like a pdf document. If clicked on it, Safari (on the Mac) downloads the file. I want to prevent this and instead open the file directly in Safari (as ...
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Bulk decrypt multiple PDF files

I have received a selection of PDF files (about 40) that are all encrypted with the same password. I'd rather not have them be encrypted because it's annoying to enter the password every time and I ...
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Using ImageMagick's identify to determine DPI of a document

Ultimately, I'm trying to determine the size of an image in inches so I can be certain it lays out properly on the printer. If I use the command identify document.pdf I get the following output: ...
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How can I download files directly from Safari to ”on my iPad”?

I am using the latest iPad Pro model and iPadOS, and I’m still new to how iOS handles files and such. Whenever I try to download a file (e.g. a pdf article), hit the option ”save to files”, and ...
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PDF in paged mode (text split into individual pages)

When viewing epub files (e.g. with Calibre), in paged mode, the text is split up into individual pages, as in a paper book. In paged mode the number of pages per screen can be also changed, e.g. to ...
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Open PDF in browser or Preview instead of downloading

I have certain sites I have to print generated PDF documents. They are not just PDF links but buttons to generate the PDF with selected content. They used to open up in browser or preview but now ...
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Use automator to make pdf look like scanned

I like the idea of the site - http://lookslikescanned.com But sometimes it doesn't work as expected. I'd like to automator script on my Mac, so I can right click on a pdf in finder click convert to ...
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Combine multiple PDFs into multiple PDFs

I'm trying to take a set of PDFs (that I'll have already separated into one page files) that I want to combine into multiple PDFs. As a teacher, I want to be able to scan a stack of tests into one big ...
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Applescript to chop specific text out of a text file and paste it to notes file

I have created a text file from a pdf using automator. I am now trying to copy two separate slices of this file and paste them to a Notes file. Here is a sample file: A lot of text above...............
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Solid purple colour appears when trying to view large files in Preview

I'm trying to do some editing of large uncompressed .tif files (800MB-3.5GB). While I'm able to open them in Adobe Photoshop and Bridge, I am having real trouble opening the images in Preview as the ...
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Reduce file size of exported PDF from Notability app

I use the Notability app for note taking in my iPad. I need to export one of my notes and upload it to a web site with file size restrictions (unfortunately I don't know the maximum size, but I have ...
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Why does the search functionality stop working for the encrypted PDFs?

The search functionality simply does not work for the encrypted PDFs. The original PDF is searchable. When I encrypt it (to let access through password), the search function does not work for this ...
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PDF viewer that makes reference checking easy

I'm an academic and I read a lot of papers on-screen in pdf format. Scientific papers always have a list of references at the back, and when reading them it's often necessary to check a reference, ...
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Change Finder Printing default to print 100%, not scale to fit

I am trying to print groups of pdf files without opening the files. I am trying to print from either the automator app, which is a hot folder to print, or drag and drop onto printer. Every time it ...
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Why is this PDF rescaling Automator script misfires?

I am using an Automator to convert folders of A4-sized PDFs to other formats. It uses PDF GhostScript though I have not personally written the code, somebody on discussions.apple.com helped me at the ...
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Preview on Catalina fails to select or copy text in PDF

After entering the Title for this question, I see numerous links to (perhaps) similar questions regarding Preview's failure to select or copy text from a PDF document. And so this question may do ...
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Search fi (one character) as fi (two characters) in mdfind

In the pdf below, the two characters f and i is contracted into the one-character ligature fi as in "significance". So that when I searched "Brown Adipose Tissue: Function and Physiological ...
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Multiple Words Search in a single PDF with Mac

I am looking for any software for Mac (free or not) that is capable to use boolean operator in search (within PDF). To be more precise I would like a software where if I put “apple OR orange OR banana”...
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Why can I edit PDF Form Data with Preview but not with Acrobat DC?

So, I have a PDF-Form that I need to fill. Since it is rather big, I downloaded the PDF and am willing to edit the form offline / outside the browser. This seems to work fine with the Preview app, but ...
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Can I sell a PDF through the iBooks store?

I want to sell my children's books on Apple. They are ready because I made them all on Corel. Is there a possibility of turning them into PDF and publishing them in that format or will I have to do ...
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pdfsplit fails to start

pdfsplit returns the following error when launched from terminal: pdfsplit --version -bash: /usr/local/bin/pdfsplit: Bad CPU type in executable OS: macOS Catalina 10.15.2 file Checking ...
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Get page number from Metadata instead of Index

In Applescript, we can get the index number of the current page we are viewing in Skim with the following code: tell application "Skim" activate set theDoc to front document get index ...
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How do I export a Pages document on my iPad to PDF and save it in Files?

On the Apple Pages iPad app, you can export a document to PDF. When it creates the PDF, it gives you the option to “Share” it. There are many apps you can share it to, including Gmail, Notes, and ...
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