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

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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 quality:...
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How can I extract fonts from a PDF file?

Is there a way to extract fonts from PDF files? I know that usually embedded fonts in PDF files are only subsets of the fonts. Anyway, is there a way to do this?
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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 ( http://desktop....
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PDF has an extra blank in all words after running through Ghostscript

This PDF was produced by Abbyy Finereader 10: http://ebooks.zeitr.org/from_abbyy.pdf You can copy & paste the first sentence and get this (very good) text result: Der »Bund Deutscher ...
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How to split a PDF onto multiple pages on command line?

How can I split (tile?) one huge PDF onto multiple pages? The result can be one PDF with multiple A4 pages or several A4 PDFs. Although I generated the PDF with dot I would like to have this problem ...
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Gibberish when printing PDFs

Sometimes when printing PDFs on my Windows XP with an HP photosmart 2410 printer the text becomes gibberish. It's kind of hard to describe, so I've scanned in an affected page below: (not very good ...
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How to change efficiently a font throughout the entire PDF document?

Suppose that a PDF contains fonts X and Y throughout. How can I change only X to Z, for the ENTIRE PDF, efficiently (ie WITHOUT editing each text box)? I'm using Adobe Acrobat XI Pro 11.0.09 on ...
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How do I extract highlighted text only from PDF files in Adobe Acrobat Pro version 9?

I'm reading a lot of pdf articles in Adobe Acrobat Pro and highlighting specific sections. I would like to know if it is possible to extract just the text I highlighted from these pdf files?
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Print PDF file with file path in footer

I would like to print a PDF on windows, but want to print the path of the PDF file in the footer of the printed document (like I am able to do in Word). We are using either Adobe Reader or Foxit ...
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FOSS Script for unlocking PDF for printing

I have some Govt documents, which needs to be unlocked for printing. I have about 300 such documents. Do you know any FOSS software which can be used for this, it would be great if it can run in batch ...
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How to remove a .pdf's document restrictions? [duplicate]

I need to remove some restrictions from a .pdf document: I can't zoom or use any other buttons. The toolbar just isn't available. I never saw a .pdf file like this one.
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How to open two independent instances of Foxit Reader?

I'm trying to open two PDF files simultaneously, in order to compare their contents, one on the right (Win→) and another on the left (Win←) side of my screen. Unfortunately I'm trying ...
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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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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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Is it possible to remove ligatures from copied text?

I have a few PDFs that contain ligatures in the text (e.g., ff is combined into a single character, ff). Is there an easy way to remove them when copying the text from the PDF? (i.e., when I paste, I'...
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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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How to convert a web page into a PDF?

There are many ways to convert a web page to a PDF (online services, bookmarklets, Print to PDF solutions, etc...). But none of these produce a searchable PDF. It seems like they all convert HTML ...
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Restrict print copies on a PDF

We have a very specific use case for an application we're developing, where a user will be presented with a PDF document, which they can print off. However, we need to be able to restrict the PDF so ...
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How to convert Html files to Pdf?

The title say it all, I want a 100% accurate tool to convert a HTML page to a PDF document.
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Where to get certificates for Acrobat PDF

When sending an invoice in PDF format, it is useful (in some countries obligatory) to sign this PDF digitally. Of course, I could create a self-signed certificate via OpenSSL, but a warning "could ...
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Resizing pages in Adobe Acrobat Pro

I am using Acrobat Professional 8 to assemble a document from two imported page images (JPGs). Acrobat seems to interpret the images at screen resolution, and creates a document that's about 35" by 46"...
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Add Right-Click Save as PDF in Windows Explorer

I'm looking for a way to be able to add some options to the Right Click Context menu in Windows 7. I really don't have much experience in programming much but I am very eager and willing to learn. ...
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How do I know if the fonts in a PDF file are embedded or not?

How can I understand that the fonts in a PDF file are embedded or not?
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Acrobat Reader- How to open the same document in separate windows?

How to open the same document in separate windows? One solution would be to rename it, but is there other better solution? I have Adobe 9.4.6 and Windows 7
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How to start Adobe Reader with window maximized?

I am using Adobe Reader XI on Windows XP. I use PDFCreator to print documents to .pdf files. I want to have the window maximized whenever I open a .pdf file. I tried the method in: http://blogmines....
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What is the best way to protect e-book?

I am a writer and want to sell my ebooks on the web. But recently there are many bad buyers who remove the protection, modify the contents, and share them on the web. My related question: Is it true ...
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How do I extract Flash content from a PDF file?

I have a PDF file that has a flash file embedded. How can I can extract that SWF from inside the PDF file? Update: I am using Windows 7.
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Free PDF/A printer for Windows

does someone of you know a freely available program that installs itself as a printer on Windows and is able to produce PDF/A documents?? Moreover there should be the possibility to merge documents (I....
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How do I get custom document properties to export into PDF?

When I export a document to PDF, the Title, Author, and Subject export just fine. However the values in the "Custom Properties" tab in File | Properties, do not get exported into the PDF custom ...
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batch convert htm files to pdf

What applications allow the user to batch convert HTM files into PDF?
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Word to PDF and PDF to Word

When we convert Word to PDF files we get good result – like any kind of alignment and pictures will be kept. But when we convert a PDF to word, most of the time we get very ugly results, especially ...
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How to use your PDF reader instead of Google Docs in Gmail?

I prefer Foxit Reader over Google Docs, but whenever I receive a PDF file over Gmail I have to either download it or view it in Google Docs. Is there a script (or any other way) to open Gmail PDF ...
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How to automatically find non-searchable PDFs

Suppose I have a directory full of many PDFs. In most of them, the text is completely search-able, which is the way I need them to be. But a few of them are just image scans, and they need to be OCR-...
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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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How to use GhostScript for Windows to repair damaged PDF files

My PDF file is corrupted, then after searching the web I found a good thread here. Since I hadn't gswin32c on my Windows 7 x86 system I installed it from here. Now I have it on my system and ran it ...
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Which PDF creation software doesn't suffer from these artifacts?

Either I'm doing something wrong, or it's ridiculous that we're in 2012 and we can't print a PowerPoint file to PDF without all sorts of silly artifacts (see the test file below). I'm looking for a "...
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How to count pages in multiple PDF files?

I just received a pdf textbook comprised of some 20 separate pdfs (by chapter) with quasi-regular names. Is there a way for counting the pages in th book w/o openning each file (or going through the ...
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Cutting & Pasting Vietnamese characters from a PDF

I'm trying to copy/paste a bunch of Vietnamese text from a PDF document to Notepad++ (or anything, nothing works). The pasted text is different than the source text. What would be the best way to go ...
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Can I create a virtual 3d model of a building from 2 dimensional blueprints on PDF?

I would like to create a 3d model of a building starting from the blue prints. I have tried extensively to draw a model of the building manually in sketchup from google, but I either lack the skills ...
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Save Multiple Pdfs links at once [duplicate]

Supppose there are links to pdf files on a web page as follows: exam1.pdf from 2004 exam2.pdf from 2005 exam3.pdf from 2006 exam4.pdf from 2007 exam5.pdf from 2008 The exam*.pdfs are link ...
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Convert HTML files to PDF, ePub and Mobi without any fuss?

I'm writing documentation for a WordPress template I've made. I'd like to be able to provide documentation in HTML, PDF, ePub and Mobi formats without having to spend any time tweaking each format ...
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Can PDFs contain resources that are loaded from the internet?

I found this information on the Tor website: You should be very careful when downloading documents via Tor (especially DOC and PDF files) as these documents can contain Internet resources that ...
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How to correct margins when printing a PDF?

I need to print some mathematical articles. But the margin is too large, so I want to edit it to solve this problem. One way is converting it to Microsoft Word (I think). But I tried some programs ...
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How to make the first page of a PDF display by itself and the succeeding pages display two-up?

When creating an e-book using Adobe Acrobat 8.2.1 on OS X 10.6.5, is there a way to make Adobe Acrobat (or Adobe Reader) display the pages as follows: p1 p2 p3 p4 p5 p6 rather than: p1 ...
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Where does okular store it's metadata

I want to know where does okular store it's metadata (highlighting and other type of annotations).
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Chrome - change page navigation keys in pdf viewer

Google Chrome have integrated pdf viewer, the pdf.dll (PPAPI plugin; https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1060734?hl=en; this software is not open-source but proprietary: https://code.google.com/p/...
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How can I automatically convert PowerPoint to PDF?

I need to convert .ppt/.pptx files to .pdf files (or images) through the command line using a 3rd party product. I'm using this for a Windows 2008 server and I can't use any GUI or website as this ...
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How can I make Firefox annotate links which point to files such as PDFs, which won't be opened in Firefox?

I want Firefox to scan every page, and for every <a href="URI">Text</a> element, I want Text to be replaced with Text [PDF] if URI point to a PDF file (similar to Google Scholar results). ...
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How to convert a PDF to a PDF/A

My university requires submitted PDF files to be in PDF/A format. I tried to find a converter, but they are all very expensive and/or complicated. How do I convert my existing PDF file into a PDF/A? ...
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How can I save a Word document as a PDF *without* any embedded fonts?

I have Microsoft Word 2010 and I am trying to use it to create a PDF document with a catch. I do NOT want any of the fonts used embedded. However, all the save options I have tried result in "...