A PDF reader is an application which can read and display Portable Document Format files.

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Solutions for presenting PDF slides with presenter notes on second display [closed]

I made a presentation using the latex beamer class with notes. Now I have a problem displaying notes only on my display while presenting the slides to the audience using a projector. Beamer notes ...
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adobe acrobat reader - how to save your place?

I'm trying to read an ebook in adobe acrobat reader and I want to save the position I'm at between computer reboots / closing reader. How can I save the page I'm at, or even better auto save? Is ...
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Windows PDF viewer that auto-refreshes PDF when compiling with pdflatex

I'm writing a LaTeX document and am using the command line to compile the LaTeX code into a PDF document. In Linux I would just open the PDF with Evince PDF Viewer, and whenever I recompiled the LaTeX ...
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Ubuntu: Is there a good tabbed PDF viewer? [closed]

Is there a good non-bloated PDF viewer for (Ubuntu) Linux that supports tabs? I don't want to use Acrobat Reader because it is slow and takes much memory, and my computer isn't the fastest. I know ...
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How to open 2 Adobe Reader instances?

I would like to see simultaneously pages in the beginning of the document and at the end. I can do that by opening the same document on different windows. But when I try to do so, the first instance ...
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Why poor display quality in all PDF readers except those from Adobe?

When I read PDF files with Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat Pro, the display quality is superb. However, for the same files, other PDF readers like Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF Reader, etc show poor ...
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Command line PDF reader

Is there a command line program for linux that will let me read the text of PDFs? I'll willing to live with a lack of pictures.
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Hiding 'tools', 'comment' and 'sign' buttons in Adobe Reader XI

How can I hide 'tools', 'comment' and 'sign' buttons from toolbar of Adobe Reader XI? I found this, but did not work for me: ...
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How to actually read ebooks?

As more and more books appear in electronic form, I'm looking for a way to actually read them. Just staring at the PDFs on screen isn't enough. I want to: Highlight important parts and put notes and ...
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Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows)

I sometimes want to read a long PDF file in a computer, but because white background I can read only a few pages until my eyes weep. Is there any software to invert colors of a PDF (PDF converter, ...
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PDF reader with split screen for Ubuntu

I would like a PDF reader that lets me split the screen so I can see two different parts of the same document. Do any exist for Ubuntu? I do not want a split view that only lets me see two ...
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Is there software to allow me to search a PDF file with Regex?

I would like a PDF viewer that I can search documents with using regular expressions. Is there such a thing? I've tried PowerGrep, but it doesn't have a graphical viewer and its interface is a little ...
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PDF viewer that can invert all colors (not only text) [closed]

Because I am reading lots of pdfs from the screen, the white background make my eyes tired. Is there a decent lightweight pdf reader that can invert colors of everything on the page? I have tried ...
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PDF reader for the CLI

I'm looking for a PDF reader that I can use over SSH in a terminal, and have it running in screen. Does such a thing exist? Ideally I'd like at least a less-esque pager but with some PDF formatting, ...
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Displaying PDF files white on black

I couldn't find the option to enable it on Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader. I don't think Sumatra has it neither. Can someone help me? White pages are starting to hurt my eyes.
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I need an easy way to 'google' through all my PDF files - anything like this exist? [duplicate]

Here is my scenario and system: System: Win-7, 64-bit. Scenario: Very simply, I have a folder on my dropbox account, titled \Papers. Within this folder, I have a lot of PDF files, and I have even ...
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Extracting background images from a PDF file?

I have a PDF file containing maps of the building I work in, here: http://www.libsys.und.edu/dev/FloorPlans_All.pdf The original source files have been lost, and I've been asked to extract the map ...
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Pdf viewer that handles live updating of pdf/doesn't lock the file

I'm working on a latex document (with pdflatex, cygwin, acrobat reader) and I'm am tired of the make - close - open process. On osx with Preview I don't have that problem, since I can compile the ...
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Storing Current Page for PDF eBooks

I am reading through several PDF eBooks on 2 different Windows PCs and 1 Android tablet. I would like to come up with an easy way to "bookmark" my current page that will work on all environments. So ...
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How does a PDF prevent itself from being printed?

I have a PDF for my camera's manual, and Adobe Reader won't let me print it (the print option is grayed out). SumatraPDF also does the same thing (it even says print denied). How does the PDF prevent ...
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any pdf reader has a book-mark feature?

Is there any software for Windows or web based application that would allow me to open pdf and before closing create a bookmark so I know where to 'open my book' next time? I can see that there is a ...
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Customise Okular to modify highlight tool properties

I am using Okular as my pdf reader on Linux. I want to know how I can modify the color of the highlight permanently. I know I can modify the saturation of the color used by highlight tool by right ...
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Why do my PDFs from Hebrewbooks.org get cut off?

Many posters on our site use hebrewbooks.org to reference sources. Recently, the PDFs from Hebrewbooks do not display correctly on my PC. Initially, I can read an entire page, but after a couple of ...
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Can Preview (mac) alter the background and text colors of pdfs?

Adobe Acrobat Reader allows you to alter the background and text colors of pdf - either to preset 'high contrast' colors or your own choices - and this makes reading onscreen much easier. Is it ...
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Quickly jump between two or more points in a PDF

When reading an ebook PDF with a hundred pages I need to jump quickly to different sections of the book and go back. The problem is after I jump to that section there is no quick way to go back ...
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Is there a PDF overview program (like image gallery)?

I just wondered if there is such a thing. For printed sheets of paper I can just browse in a formatter, for digital PDF files I have to either rely on the file name or open each individually. Is ...
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Disabling Chrome's built-in PDF viewer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Stop PDFs from displaying inside Google Chrome Chrome now has a built-in pdf viewer, and it's one of the worst I've seen. You can't even save the file you're viewing! Is ...
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Checking a PDF for exploits

Is there any way I can check a PDF for exploits? I am on Linux most of the times but I sometimes have to read PDF's on Windows also, so I have to be extra sure that the PDF is clean. I use Acrobat ...
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PDF viewer for Windows 32-bit that can hide wide margins

I view a lot of PDFs on my wide display (1280x800). I want to view books with two pages on screen at once, but some PDFs have huge margins, so only ~60-70% of screen space is used even if I hide the ...
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Linux: lightweight pdf reader which can bookmark where I left off reading?

I am using Arch Linux on a notebook, which has a 4GB SSD drive. so I have to save disk space/storage by any possible means. Reading technological PDFs are really painful when you have to memorize ...
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PDF reader feature (notes)

So when I read papers in hard copy, I like to be able to mark the line that I am reading currently using a notecard, which covers up things below the line that I am reading. This keeps me from being ...
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Unblurred/black-and-white PDF display

Is there a way to display PDF documents in black and white, not grayscale, i.e. so that every pixel is either shown as all black or all white? In particular, that will work for PDFs whose content is ...
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How to change the PDF reader of Chrome on Linux

It seems Chromium uses xdg-open to open PDF files. How do I change it to another PDF reader? I'm using Linux Mint 8 LXDE.
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Is there any 64-bit PDF plugin for browsers?

I'm now using a 64-bit version of a browser based on Firefox' rendering engine, but I don't see PDFs inside the browser because all of the readers I found are 32-bit, so their plugins don't work. Is ...
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How can I access the history list in FoxIt Reader?

In Preferences → History, Foxit Reader has the settings Maximum number of documents in history list and Maximum number of documents in Recent Documents list. The former can be set as high as 200, and ...
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Search special characters or short mathematical symbols in pdf files

I have Adobe Reader, Okular and Document Viewer as pdf readers. The papers I read are often texts with mathematical formulae, generated by LaTeX. But it seems that searching special characters or ...
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PDF-XChange Viewer, pdflatex, Windows XP Pro SP3

Howto make pdfxcview.exe not lock PDF files when opening them or force pdflatex ignore locks (and thus be able to overwrite PDF while generating content with pdflatex or simply manipulating content ...
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Is there a way to search a PDF for non-alphanumeric characters (e.g., the integral sign or greek letters)?

I read a lot of technical papers and textbooks in PDF that use standard mathematical notation, and sometimes I'd like to be able to find where a symbol is in the text. The only reason I think this ...
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pdf reader that keeps pan/zoom while changing pages?

When viewing PDFs with Acrobat Reader I zoom/pan page to exclude top & bottom margins from view. When I change page it always starts at the top (it keeps zoom but pans to top of the page). Is ...
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How to highlight text in PDF files in Linux

Some pdf readers for windows allow you to highlight and type notes into PDF files. The pdf readers that I've seen for Linux only allow you to read pdfs. Are there any that allow you to highlight text ...
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Forcing grayscale PDF to Black and White?

I have a large color PDF that I can easily view greyscale in Foxit Reader: Unfortunately various bits of text end up in ridiculously light shades of grey. Similar, but not direct, questions ...
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How can I keep my zoom at the same setting for all pages in a PDF in Adobe Reader? [duplicate]

I am trying to read a book in Adobe Reader, and the zoom setting defaults to 61.3%. I then set it to 100%, but as soon as I click on another bookmark, it gets reset back to 61.3%. How can I make it ...
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Resizing signature on Adobe Reader on Windows 7 tablet

I have a Windows 7 tablet and would like to be able to complete PDF forms, and put a signature on them. However with Adobe Reader I am unable to resize the signature as I cant accurately touch and ...
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Remove/change style of evince's red borders around links

Are you aware of a possibility to change the border size/color of the bold red border, evince paints around links (for example in PDF files, that have clickable links in the table of contents). Or is ...
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print a print-protected PDF file

I have a 70+ page PDF file that is protected so it can not be printed by standard tools like Acrobat Reader etc. Is there a way that I can have this printed out? Preferably without GhostScript if ...
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What are the Best LCD Screen settings for reading PDFs [closed]

Hi I need to read PDF files but find that my 24" LCD screen fatigues my eyes too much. I realise that eInk screens are better but I do not currently possess one and so have to use LCD's. Can you tell ...
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Always open PDFs at 100 %?

Is it possible to configure adobe viewer to always open pdf documents at size 100 %? Now it opens documents at about 160 % for no appparent reason.
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How to open pdf.js in Firefox via chrome:// URL?

Firefox components supposedly being accessible by chrome urls (aka. "chrome:// protocol"). How do I open the now built-in pdf.js pdf reader? I would like to open local pdf files but does not want to ...
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How to embed fonts into PDF

I have a pdf file, and I want to know if I can embed/subset all its fonts into PDF file itself? Is there any tool supporting this operation?
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How to read PDFs on Linux so the white margin around the page is automatically cropped?

I have another device, an eInk ebook reader (Onyx Boox), that has this wonderful feature, "auto-crop", that auto-detects the white margins in pdf (with a given degree of "aggression"), and zooms out ...