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

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Page numbers in a PDF are off, how can I change them?

I have a digital edition of textbook I bought. The pages are numbered from 1 - 570. As a result, when I search page 68, it shows page 51 as the first pages originally in the textbook aren't numbered ...
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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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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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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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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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Howto search in PDFs using regular expressions?

Usually I use Notepad++ to search in file(s) using regular expressions. Today I am wondering if there is a PDF program that does the same for PDFs. Of course I could convert the PDF to text and use ...
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Generate or update a PDF to include an encrypted, hidden watermark?

Background Using LaTeX to write a book. When a user purchases the book, the PDF will be generated automatically. Problem The PDF should have a watermark that includes the person's name and contact ...
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Using PDF MetaData to rename PDFs in MAC OS X

I have a number of PDFs that I downloaded from JStor. They come with unhelpful numeric filenames, but often there is at least a title if not the author in the metadata. How do I batch rename a number ...
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Reducing PDF File size

I took some photos and made a huge PDF of them on Omnigraffle (OSX). Now I need to email that PDF, but since every photo is 5MB, the file is huge. I don't need the high-res photos when I email it ...
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Looking for a good annotation tool for PDF documents on Windows [closed]

I noticed that on my Mac, the program Preview allows you annotate PDF documents. If I open up the same PDF file in Adobe Reader on the PC, I can see the annotations in the Comments pane, but I cannot ...
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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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PDF Manipulation: “2-Up” page layout

I have a PDF (generated by PowerPoint) containing 8.5×5.5 inch portrait pages. I need to convert it to 8.5×11 inch landscape pages where each landscape page contains two copies of the original ...
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Is it possible to add your own bookmarks/tabs to a PDF file?

I've purchases a few e-books and love it. Some come with a massive list of bookmarks (kewl!) and some not. Regardless, is there a way i can create my OWN bookmarks so i can jump to specific pages? I ...
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Make Okular notes visible in acrobat

I just finished proofreading 100 pages of a book in Okular on Mint 13 with KDE and submitted it to the editor. Naturally, none of the comments show up on the editors machine when he opens it. He has ...
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Setting color LaTeX generated PDF to print in black & white

I use LaTeX to generate PDF, and I see that colorful PDF is good for reading on screen but not so good with printing and reading. Is there any way to disable the color setting to make it all ...
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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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How to rename a (too) long file name [duplicate]

I have downloaded this pdf file with a very long name, which cannot be opened by Adobe Reader or by Adobe Professional because it has "invalid file name". It cannot be renamed using the DOS prompt ...
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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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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, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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: ...
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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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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 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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Batch crop PDF pages?

I have a PDF document containing pages which have crop marks on them. I'd like to copy these pages to another PDF without the crop marks. I'm assuming I have to crop-out the crop marks but is there ...
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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 ...
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Remove text from pdf

I have a pdf file with some text on each page which I would like to remove. The text is matched by a regex and I think it comes in one block of the pdf. I have used pdfedit to select and delete the ...
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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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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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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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Why can't Windows users read PDF forms I fill out with OS X Lion

I've been using Preview on OS X Lion to fill out PDF forms. When I save the form and send it to someone via email, they tell me the form is blank. When I re-open the saved form, all the data is still ...
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How to convert PDF to make it to be two compacted pages on side when printing?

I have: PDF document with a 800 pages book. If I just print it it will take 400 sheets of paper - too much. I want: converted PDF document that have 400 pages: each page is two pages of original ...
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Automatic PDF renaming based on title

I have thousands of scientific PDFs that i need to rename, many do not have metadata. I would like to be able to create an automator action that could open a folder then open each PDF, copy the title ...
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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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batch convert htm files to pdf

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