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

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PDF - removing usage restrictions

I have several PDF documents which have the "no copy" and "no print" restriction bits set. Are there any free tools for removing such restrictions, on Linux? (Please do not suggest pdf2ps | ps2pdf; ...
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How can I print one page enlarged to multiple pages?

Is there a way using Adobe's Reader software to print a single PDF file page enlarged onto several physical pages? I know there are special "poster" printing packages, and that sometimes a printer ...
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How can I set my own bookmarks in a PDF?

I would like to save several bookmarks in a PDF document I'm reading, so that each time I open the PDF, I could re-browse to certain locations. How can I do this? Ideally, I would be able to assign ...
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Use Ghostscript, but tell it to not reprocess images?

I have a PDF that has already compressed and somewhat artifact-y images, and I'm using Ghostscript to prepend a title page to that PDF. However, I cannot find any way to tell GS to just use the ...
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How to convert djvu file to pdf or other more common file format?

I have downloaded file which is in djvu format. I want to convert it to pdf or some other more common format, so I can read the document from other devices (e.g. my phone etc). I found a conversion ...
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Opening a PDF brings up the Print dialog

I have some PDF's which, when I double-click to open, automatically bring up the Print dialog box in Adobe Reader X. I'm on Windows XP. I think this is because of some code within the PDF itself. Is ...
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Converting Word forms to PDF (fill in) forms?

I've got Acrobat Pro 8 and Word 2003. I've got a form in Word creating using form fields. What I want to do is convert this document to a "fill in" PDF form automatically. In other words, replacing ...
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How to measure a distance on a PDF [closed]

Is there a free plug-in for Adobe Reader to measure a distance on a PDF? Is there another free reader out there that has this?
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How to find out WHERE a specific font is used in a PDF document

For a given PDF which uses a number of fonts (e.g., in Acrobat Reader, the fonts used can be seen when selecting Files > Properties > Fonts) how can I find out where a certain font is used in the ...
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Possible to print to PDF from Mac terminal?

Is it possible to take a file and print it to a PDF using nothing but terminal commands? I am guessing you would somehow make use of the lpr command, but I have yet to discover the correct syntax.
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Where does Okular store the PDF annotations?

I am using Okular in Ubuntu 11.04 as it has support to annotations and is faster to do a quick find across large documents. The annotations are not stored in the document, but are stored as metadata ...
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Change default zoom level of PDF files

When I open few PDF files in Foxit Reader or Adobe Reader 9.3, it is opening in a higher zoom level. So every time I want to zoom in to view the document properly. Is there any way to change the ...
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Windows 7 64-bit PDF thumbnails problem

I cannot see thumbnails of PDF files on Windows 7 64-bit. Is there any solution to this problem?
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Bad results converting PDF to EPS on Linux

I'm having some trouble converting PDFs (created by Adobe Illustrator on a Mac) to EPS. I have tried several things but I am wondering if there is a better option. The following list is ordered by ...
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Why does Word 2010 create such huge PDF files?

I have noticed only now that my Word 2010 (docx) documents that are just a single page long and include a simple WMF vector graphic and a bit of text are almost 1 MB large. The Word document is only ...
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Convert PDF 2 sides per page to 1 side per page

How can I convert a PDF with 2 sides per page to 1 side per page?
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Stop Chrome from opening pdfs in Google Docs Viewer

Some time ago my Chrome started to open PDFs in Google Docs viewer. I don't really know if I did something to force this behaviour, but I would like to view it as I was before (using Foxit Reader ...
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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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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 extract text from pdf in script on Linux?

On Linux - How to extract text from a .pdf in which text really is text, not a scanned image? I want something I can use on the command line / in a script, not interactively. (I don't want to convert ...
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Search pdf for 'eight' but not 'weight'

My neighbor is trying to search a pdf file for the word 'eight' but doesn't want 'weight', 'eighty' or other instances where 'eight' is within a larger string. She searched for ' eight ' (with spaces ...
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convert pdf to 2up on linux

Is there a simple way to convert a PDF to a 2-up PDF so that I can send it to an uncooperative printer and have it actually come out 2-up? I'm hoping to use commonly available linux tools. (I'm ...
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Insert PDF image in MS Word

I have a .doc which I will convert in PDF. In this .doc I have an image. When I convert the doc to PDF and then zoom it, the images became ugly pixel-ized. I found a tool that converted my bitmap ....
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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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How can I totally flatten a PDF in Mac OS on the command line?

I use Mac OS X Snow Leopard. I have a PDF with form fields, annotations, and stamps on it. I would like to freeze (or "flatten") that PDF so that the form fields can't be changed and the annotations/...
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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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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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Is the pdftotext command line tool for mac?

I would like to know if there is mac version of linux command line tool pdftotext? pdftotext
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Software to read PDFs with inverted colors

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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Download all PDF links in a web page?

Do you know a good software to download all PDF links in a web page?? Operating system is Windows 7.
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How to split pdf file in windows? [duplicate]

I have a pdf file with 120 pages. How can I extract only pages 20-30 and save it as another pdf file? I'm using free version of Foxit Reader. It doesn't have this facility. Any solution?
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Does PDFTK respect PDF security flags?

I have a PDF File which says that document security is enabled. It says that the only things allowed are: Printing, Content Copying or Extraction, and Content Extraction for Accessibility. I'm trying ...
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Getting chapters to start on a new page in a pandoc-generated PDF

%Title %Author #Header 1 Lots of words. #Header 2 More words. ##Level 2 header The above text can be turned into an EPUB file for e-readers with pandoc -o output.epub input.mkd, and it can be ...
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Split pages of scanned PDF

I have a scanned PDF (two vertical pages on one horizonatal page). How can I split them to be single pages in Adobe Acrobat Pro Extended?
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How to replace a single page in a pdf using another pdf in linux?

I want to find out the easiest way to replace a single page in a multiple page pdf with another single page pdf in linux. What tool is best for this ? Currently I do it like this: split pdf to ...
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Count BW / color pages in PDF

I have a 100 page PDF document that I need to print. My print shop needs to be told which pages contain color. I don't want to scan manually. Is there a program that detects pages with color and can ...
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Joining two pdfs with slightly different page size with pdfjoin

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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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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Markdown to Word/PDF converter for Linux

Does anyone know of a good Markdown to Word COnverter? It would be great if it also converts to PDF.
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How to convert Word (doc) to PDF from Windows command line?

Anyone know how to convert word files (.doc) to PDF using the command line in Windows? We were using the service of OpenOffice, but in documents that have many tables and images, it ends up ruining ...
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Type on PDF Linux

I am looking to fill out a PDF form just like I can with Adobe Acrobat typewriter tool. The PDF forms don't necessarily have form fields, so I really just need to be able to place text on. I've used ...
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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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Substitute a font in a PDF document

I have a PDF document (not encrypted) with editable form fields. However, the font for those fields is broken: it is missing some glyphs, so when I enter text some gaps appear. How can I modify the ...
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Print from a page that doesn't allow any commands?

I have opened a webpage that has an article of very much interest to me. When I use Ctrl+P or right click, it says, "The page forbids you to use any additional commands." So now how do I print such a ...
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Are .docx or .pdf files potentially dangerous?

Just a general question of computer security - if I download a .pdf or .docx from an untrusted source, can it seriously harm my machine/give a malicious user access to my information? Or is it ...
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How to set default browser for PDF reader Evince on Linux?

I find this command sudo update-alternatives –config x-www-browser I choose Chrome. It works for xpdf, but Evince still starts Firefox after click. I feel Linux is not standard. I use Linux Mint 8 ...
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Browse Internal PDF Structure

How to Browse Internal PDF Structure in adobe 9.0? I didn't find the advanced menu that has this option. Can any body help me?
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Batch convert multiple PDF to Image on Mac

What would be the quickest way to convert a bunch of pdf files to jpeg files? I know I can open Preview and Save As image, but that could take a long time.
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Extract first page from multiple pdfs

Have got about 500 PDFs to go through and extract the first page of. They then need to go through some time consuming conversion process so was hoping to try and save some time by have a batch ...
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How to hide (remove) 'Owner' and 'Computer' information on PDF file?

I would like to share a PDF file on a forum anonymously. When I right click on file and go to 'Details' tab, it shows my computer name and owner name. How do I remove (hide) this information?