Portable Document Format (PDF) is a platform-independent standard developed by Adobe System in 1993 for document exchange.

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Convert a colored PDF into a white/black

On Debian Sid, I have a PDF with a blue background and yellow font. I've searched a lot on Super User but i haven't found anything useful for me. I have tried to convert the PDF into a grayscale one ...
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Print only the annotations of a pdf

I have a pdf that has been annotated, and would like to print (or extract) just the annotations (it's a long pdf that's relatively sparsely annotated). Is this possible?
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Disable “This type of file can harm your computer” nag in chrome

I don't want to see that Discard/Keep dialog when downloading a pdf file in browser. I just want it to automatically save to my default location. I'm using chrome on Ubuntu 13.04.
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Is it true that strongly-password-protected PDF can be cracked?

I want to protect my PDF with a strong password. But I heard that it can be cracked. Is it true that strongly-password-protected PDF can be cracked? Edit: This is my real scenario. I want to ...
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Free way to perform a text search in PDF and Excel files

Is there a free way to perform a text search in PDF and XLS (Excel spreadsheet) files? I want to be able to find a specific word in these type of files. Is there a free tool for that?
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How to turn webpages into pdf?

I mean saving them as a pdf and keep them as a backup for future reference or for future reading
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Compress pdf file? [duplicate]

I need to reduce the size or compress a PDF file. The PDF file is actually scanned images. Is there any way by which I can compress the file?
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How do I convert SWF into a PDF?

I want to convert a SWF document to into PDF. The SWF can be found here (Update: no longer available): http://www.imsindia.com/online/tests/test_111.swf And I would like to be able to convert or ...
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Combine/merge PDF files in Windows? [closed]

Is there a painless way to combine/merge PDF files in Windows? I understand that pdftk will do it on Linux.
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How to remove security from a PDF file?

I am trying to fill out some docs, but the provided PDFs are "SECURED", meaning I can't use FoxIt's typewriter tools. Is there any way to remove the security?
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Can't copy text from a pdf file

I am using foxit PDF reader to view my text book. I would like to copy the text from the pdf file into a word document but it won't let me. I can select the text fine but the option to copy text is ...
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How to convert a multi-page PDF file to PNG files, with one PNG file per page of the PDF document?

How do I convert a multi-page PDF file to PNG files, and automatically save one PNG file per page of the PDF document (for Windows 7)? I have tried virtual printers (CutePDF, Bullzip PDF Printer) and ...
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How to take notes in PDFs in Linux

In Adobe Acrobat Pro you can do things like put little sticky notes in PDFs, highlight text, and create bookmarks. I have found this very useful for learning. In school you learn better when you put ...
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Converting a PDF to black & white with ghostscript

Similarly to this question: Convert a PDF to greyscale on the command line in FLOSS? I have a PDF-document and want to convert it to pure black and white. So I want to discard halftones. To ...
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Count the number of words in a PDF file

How can I get the word count of a PDF file? I think that most pdf files for which I want to get total word count have text layer embedded, so I need no OCR. The task was arisen from searching for ...
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How to convert Kindle books into PDF format?

I'm new to digital books and I use the Kindle app for Windows to read the books I bought but I hate how I can't read the bottom paragraph of a book in the Kindle app in the centre of the monitor; I ...
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Is there a free tool which will let me type onto PDFs and then save, or at least print, them?

I have a large number of paper forms which I need to complete. I'd like to scan them in, then type the answers onto them in the relevant spaces and print them out, rather than writing on them with a ...
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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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Create a PDF from PowerPoint with animations

I have PowerPoint slides with visual effects on them, so each line appears after clicking on the screen in the presentation. When I convert them to PDF the slides are mostly empty and only some titles ...
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How to save a rotated Adobe PDF file

I received an Adobe PDF scan of a document that displays upside-down. I rotated it inside Adobe Acrobat and chose Save As to make a new document, however, the rotation is not saved and when I open ...
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Converting .doc files to .pdf

Anybody aware of a piece of software which could do MS Office .doc to .pdf conversion for me? I already tried OpenOffice but it appeared to be rather slow and resource-hungry for large documents.
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How to import, export and edit bookmarks of a pdf file?

I heard that bookmarks of a pdf file are stored in plain text somewhere in the file. I was wondering if it is possible to import and export bookmarks of a pdf file into and from a text file, for batch ...
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scan A4 doc > pdf > ocr > translate to english?

I've tried using a combination of my home scanner to create a '300 dpi', 'document', 'pdf' (options on Canon all-in-one) ZoHoViewer to create either an RTF or TXT file google docs to translate I'm ...
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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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Print PDF file without background

Sometimes I need to print a pdf file that has a black background or some heavy background images, and that sucks up a lot of ink. Is there any method to remove the background from PDF files before ...
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Converting PDF eBooks into a Kindle format

Over the past couple of years I've amassed quite a collection of guides, tutorials and ebooks in PDF format. A lot of these are quite useful for work, especially PDF documentation, and rather than ...
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Free PDF printers produce ugly images?

Both PDF Creator and Bulldog PDF Printer produce terrible looking on-screen results with simple images in Word documents (haven't tried from other applications). By simple images, I mean GIF, JPEG or ...
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What software can convert handwriting to text?

I took a look at MyScript, but the program does not accept PDF format. I have a few documents (PDF) that are scans of hand writing. I need a program that can take the PDF scan it, use OCR and ...
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Stop Microsoft Word 2010 from smoothing screenshots?

When I insert JPEG screenshots into Microsoft Word, it smoothes them instead of preserving the original pixels from the bitmap. When I then print to PDF (using Acrobat Distiller), depending on my ...
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Acrobat Reader & saving last page I read?

I like to read eBooks, but I tend to have a hard time keeping track on which page I am in which file. Is there a bookmark function or something similar that I'm not aware of?
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How to convert a 1 page PDF to a 2 page per sheet PDF?

I would like to print a PDF so that on the front of the first page are the first two pages, on the back the 3rd and 4th and so on. ----------------- ----------------- | | | ...
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Is it possible to delete some pages of a pdf document?

How do I remove some pages of a .pdf file? I tried some tips mentioned in different websites, but to no avail.
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Batch OCR for many PDF files (not already OCRed)? [closed]

I use Google Desktop Search (I am on Vista) and not all my PDF files are recognized in my archive folder. It is normal as "PDF files that contain scanned images" are not indexed ( ...
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What's a good way for organizing PDF documents on Windows? [closed]

I'm looking for a good way to manage a lot of PDF documents (e.g. papers, ebooks) on Windows. Ideally I'm looking for a Windows version of the great Mac app Yep. I've looked quite a bit and haven't ...
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Prevent Adobe Reader from switching to “Fit Page” zoom when bookmark is clicked

If I open a PDF document in Adobe Reader, it usually opens with Fit Width page zoom by default. But if I click on a bookmark, the zoom changes to Fit Page. How do I stop this from happening and ...
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Scan to PDF software for Windows? [closed]

What's the best software to use to scan documents direct to a multi-page PDF. I want to scan a series of sheets directly to a PDF file with as little manual intervention as possible. Software must ...
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Split Word/PDF files into multiple documents?

I created a business card design on Word, each side of the card as one 85x55mm page. Most printers seem to want it in PDF file which is easy, but they sometimes want each side as a different document. ...
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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 convert a Word document into a PDF document?

I have seen in OpenOffice that I can directly save the document that I have made into a PDF file. They have given an option at the top for this job. Can I convert or save my Microsoft Word file ...
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Stitch multiple PDF's together

I am looking to stitch together multiple PDF's together into one file. Is there a program/way (open source prefered) that can do this for me with little hassle? If you share a program please give ...
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reduce pdf file size [closed]

I have an 8 MB pdf file that definitely doesn't need to be that big. What free windows programs are there available that can reduce the size of pdf files?
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Is there a way to unlock PDF documents?

I realize most PDF documents are locked for a reason, but I spend several hours a week editing datasheets provided directly from my vendors to be sent to customers. Obviously it's very annoying and ...
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Joining two pdfs with slightly different page size with pdfjoin under Linux or Mac

I'm trying to merge multiple PDF files by using pdfjoin. However the joined PDF is not right beacuse orientation for some text is changed. I have checked all options of pdfjoin, enforcing orientation ...
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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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Is there an efficient way to copy text from a PDF without the line breaks?

I need to get thousands of snippets of text from PDFs to a spreadsheet. They are short, seldom more than 2-3 rows, but each line break creates a new cell, and I have to repair that manually, which ...
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Free converter for (multiple) JPEG to (single) PDF [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Free program / tool to convert multiple images into a single PDF Is there any free converter available which will convert multiple JPEG files and dump them in a single ...
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Print a series of PDF files

Is there a way to print several PDF files at once? I have a bunch of individual files that I want to print (about 42). Printing each one is tedious. Does anyone know a way to print a whole series ...
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How do I scroll multiple lines (thus faster) in Adobe Acrobat Reader?

When I scroll a PDF with the mouse (two-finger gesture on a laptop to be more precise) the scrolling is way too slow. I am not referring to rendering issues nor some kind of lag. Simply put, the ...
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Why does Powerpoint 2010 print notes pages to PDF as raster images?

I'm trying to print a 40-slide powerpoint presentation to PDF in notes pages format, and the resulting .pdf file size is 10x bigger than the .pptx file. Acrobat's space audit says it's 99.7% image ...
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How to view PDF with changed background color?

I have some PDF and want to have light gray background when viewing them, but i don't need to permanently change its background. What's the easiest way to do that? I normally view it using Preview ...