I am using Preview to display a 1MB pdf file that contains a presentation. OS X High Sierra.

At each page/slide, the image is blurry for about one second, before it gets sharp (correct). I have found this discussion about this problem.

I do not understand this unusual behaviour. If it were a very big pdf file, I would understand that it takes time to display everything correctly.

Is there a solution? If not, what is an easy and free alternative to Preview that allows me to display my presentation without waiting for the blur to disappear?

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    I don't know why you received a -1, but here have +1 back :-) This is only speculation and may be answered definitively by someone in the know but I suspect when you preview you are seeing a saved pre-rasterised preview, which is then replaced with the full image when the viewer had had a chance to process the page properly for display. Mar 28, 2018 at 16:26
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    Have you found a solution for this? Currently facing the same issue... Apr 15, 2018 at 15:36
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    @DavidNathan I find it very weird: in presentation mode, I have a blurry image during one second - but if I'm just moving to an other page (not in presentation mode), the image is never blurry. - My pragmatic solution at the moment is to use Adobe Reader instead to give presentations.
    – Karlo
    Apr 21, 2018 at 17:03
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    In April 2019 on macOS 10.14.4 this is still a problem for me. Maybe it is only a subset of the hardware that has this problem?
    – Hbar
    Apr 4, 2019 at 11:28
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    I have the same problem with Skim Sep 17, 2019 at 8:35

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This is a soft solution, I load the pdf file with chrome, them command+shift+f, press left and right arrow for slide alteration.

I hope this helps.

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    Thank you for your comment. It is indeed a 'soft solution': I would like to use Preview.
    – Karlo
    Aug 10, 2018 at 12:08
  • I found the best solution was to use Firefox in full screen presentation mode. When I try Chrome, the bottom of the previous slide keeps appearing at the top of the screen. On the other hand, Adobe Reader renders the first slide clearly in full screen but then blurs all subsequent slides, unless you exit and reenter full screen mode again - not exactly practical during a presentation. Jan 15, 2019 at 23:10

Please have a look a this thread which provide useful information

As a summary : you can use alternative viewers such as Presentation.app or pdfpc

They are available via Homebrew

  • brew cask install presentation
  • brew install pdfpc

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