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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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Text to PDF without losing/destroying the set tabs

I tried to print out a huge text file to a PDF file (DIN A4 landscape or A3 landscape). Unfortunately, every way I try, I always lose the formatting of the tabs I used for tabbing some tables with the ...
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Share annotated PDF from iOS

When I annotate a PDF file, the annotations are correctly saved and can be seen using iOS "files" when saved there. But, when I upload the annotated PDF on the web, or by email, the annotations aren’...
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Why Preview's annotation distorts in other pdf application

I have found that hand written notes will be transformed into corresponding shapes by preview's shape detection. This seems handy. However, when those shapes are opened in other pdf applications, they ...
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Interactive text in iBooks

I'm creating an interactive workbook in iBooks and need a way for students to answer questions on each page. Is this possible using iBooks? If so, how do I create fillable boxes? Many thanks!
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Preview freezes on clicking inside (very small) PDF files

I have a bunch of small PDF files, which are a few hundred pages but generally less than 2 MB or so in size. Scrolling is perfectly smooth in Preview.app, but if I click anywhere inside the PDF, macOS ...
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Preview: How to set over-under configuration instead of side-by-side in "Two Pages" view?

This question is about Preview (macOS builtin application). I am not asking for an alternative application, software of hack that "solves my problem". I know that there are plenty of ways of getting ...
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How to scale a PDF while preserving resolution

I have some PDF which I want to print out as hardcover. Sadly, the PDF is in a non-standard format (some weird American format, I guess), so I need to scale it to A4. The online print service I want ...
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Is it possible to access the functions for the PDF overlay bezel in Safari via keyboard?

When hovering the mouse pointer at the bottom of a PDF file being displayed within the Safari browser window, you get a set of 4 icons for Zoom Out, Zoom In, Open in… and Save To Downloads: I would ...
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How to solve the problem of not being able to highlight particular text in PDF and ebooks?

Short question: in some cases, you cannot highlight some text in a PDF using Preview, because it seems some "structures" is overlapping the text, so if you highlight a line or a few words, all the ...
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Extract PDF Annotations in Automator isn't getting the content

OSX Yosemite 10.10.5. I'm using Preview.app to annotate PDFs. Now I want to extract all of the annotations from the documents, so I open Automator.app and connect the "Get Specified Finder Items" and "...
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Can I read one pdf document on two ipads each showing a facing page?

I would like to be able to read a 60 page pdf on 2 ipads that will display facing pages. (one page per ipad) Pages should turn like a book as if both ipads are the facing pages of a book.
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Preview hangs no matter what I do

This question is a sequel of Preview hangs when I try to change a PDF but unfortunately it's getting bigger and bigger. Each time I open a PDF I get the spinning wait cursor instead of the normal ...
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Exponential PDF File Size in Preview

I have word document (.docx on a mac) at 3.4 MB. When I save it to PDF it becomes a whomping 90 MB. I can't make it smaller and I can't figure out why it's happening. Here are the details: I've tried ...
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Preview/Mail printing issue

I am attempting to print PDF's (and save documents as PDF's) as close to full bleed as possible. Right now I am losing approximately 3/4" in margin left, right, top and bottom. Any way to adjust ...
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PDF in iBooks is blank but text is shown in magnifying glass

After reading about 20 pages of data mining book in iBooks, next page rendered itself as blank. And all successive pages failed too. When I go to arbitrary (usually blank) page, then return to ...
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Annotation in Preview under Yosemite: How to get back the old behaviour?

I am using Yosemite (OS X 10.10) on my MacBook Air mid 2011. In the version 10.9 and before, annotation (making strokes or arrows) worked liked this: Selecting the form you want to draw Select the ...
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How to highlight text in Preview properly?

I know this problem could be trivial, but it just bothers a lot. I can use the highlight function of preview properly before like the following: but now when I try to highlight the text again, it ...
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Preview strips spaces from some lines in PDF documents

Has anyone experienced a phenomenon wherein Preview's "AI" for PDF text extraction sometimes strips spaces out of a line or two of text? I'm working with some college documents and need to extract ...
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Safari PDF Issue

When I try to load a PDF in Safari I am getting some odd Asian (sorry I don't know what dialect) type in the loading window. My best guess is there is a font substitution occurring but I really don't ...
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Missing text when I print Pages 5.1 file or export to PDF

I've encountered a problem whereby if I want to print a pages 5.1 file or export it to PDF, text goes missing (specifically text near superscript/subscript text). An example of this same problem can ...
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TextEdit print to pdf failure in RemoteViewServices

I just started getting "error while printing" printing to a pdf from textedit (i.e. Print > PDF > Save as PDF ...). This has worked in the past (for years), though a web search indicates it's a ...
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Preview chrashes on certain page of pgfplots manual

Howdy its quite known among TeXies that under MacOSX the pgfplots manual brings Preview down on certain pages (with a lot of 3D content). Heres the (significant part of ) the log. My question is: ...
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How do I have Safari (v12) auto download PDF files

On previous versions of Safari, I have been able to auto download PDF files by using the following code in Terminal: defaults write com.apple.Safari WebKitOmitPDFSupport -bool YES When I got a new ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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After clicking on an internal link in a PDF in Adobe Acrobat on iPad, how can I go back to the location of the text where the link is located?

After clicking on a internal link in an PDF in Adobe Acrobat on iPad, how can I go back to the location of the text where the link is located? Examples of internal link in a PDF (green rectangles): ...
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Preview.app - enable links to custom URL schemes

I have some PDF's with links like file:// and evernote://. Preview does not do anything when these are clicked, although right click -> open does work. Is there a CLI option I can set to make these ...
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How to share a scanned document from the Notes app with a shortcut

I have scanned PDFs I want to share to a shortcut to process them further. However, when sharing from the share sheet that props up when I click on the share button in the Notes app for my shortcut it ...
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Export notes as a (high quality) pdf

I want to export a note as a pdf, but the option "export as a pdf" in the Notes app generates a poor quality pdf. Is there some solution for this, or perhaps a third party software able to ...
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Where should .sh and pdftk be copied to in foo.app?

An attempt to run a third party script on Catalina is described: How to interpret / diagnose pdftk error message Test results after executing xattr -rd com.apple.quarantine /Users/user/Desktop/bates-...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...