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How can I print selected pages from multiple PDFs?

Is there a way print only the third page across multiple documents without individually opening each one? I figured this must be a solved problem. [more inside]
posted by generichuman on Dec 3, 2016 - 7 answers

How to I print a folder of email in Hotmail / Outlook Live?

I have a subfolder of emails in my inbox that I need to print and/or save as one single pdf. How do I do this? I thought it would be as easy as 'select all' and then 'print' but it would appear Hotmail doesn't provide any such option although I'm sure there used to be.
posted by Brian Lux on Nov 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Batch download PDFs linked in PDFs?

Need to download hundreds of PDFs, but they are linked in PDFs... Browser extensions can't auto-download them- what are my options? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2016 - 2 answers

Slicing and dicing photocopies of open faced books

I'm always copying chapters from books at work. I usually scan them straight to a pdf file by opening the book face down and copying two pages at once. This makes the final product difficult to read on various screens. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Oct 18, 2016 - 13 answers

Best way to sign PDFs received in outlook on iPad?

What is the best (fewest steps) to returning an emailed pdf with my signature on my iPad? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 28, 2016 - 2 answers

Extracting Text from PDF WITHOUT also extracting images

I'm looking for an easy, free way to extract text only from a very large PDF file and create a word document. [more inside]
posted by firemonkey on Jun 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Where do I BUY pdf versions of academic monographs?

*NOT ASKING FOR HOW TO DOWNLOAD ILLEGALLY* Where do I go to buy academic books (monographs in anthropology, comp lit, and so forth) as PDFs? I can't imagine this isn't already a thing-- fill me in on that missed memo! [more inside]
posted by redwaterman on May 22, 2016 - 8 answers

How can I nuke bad OCR text in a log of PDFs and replace with good?

I've inherited a ton of PDFs of scanned documents that are somewhat readable. The source were actual documents scanned into a scanner. Now I'm trying to make the OCR'd text readable by screen readers in one way or another. Looking for advice or even keywords to Google. Situational specs ahoy! [more inside]
posted by tilde on May 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Cant use Mac to proof a PDF book created by Windows inDesign

Last year it worked fine w Mac Preview. I could highlight word or phrase with transparent color, type in correction. All corrections were magically linked to a column of comments, where highlighted phrase is repeated and then comments I type appear. Not working now: Rec a better tool, educate me re: known bug, or a better idea? [more inside]
posted by Jesse the K on Apr 25, 2016 - 3 answers

How do I create a signable PDF?

SIGNABLE PDF: I'm trying to create an easy-to-use release form using Acrobat Pro. Does the recipient need a copy of Acrobat Pro, too? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Apr 25, 2016 - 7 answers

Bertolt Brecht : So where do I start?

Bertolt Brecht : So where do I start? and why do I start where you suggest? Caveat: English language kindle or pdf only as books aren't going to make it through the postal system.
posted by adamvasco on Apr 22, 2016 - 9 answers

Links within Acrobat, over and over again.

I have a 50+ page PDF, originally created in Word 10. Pages 2-45 need to have two icons (in the same spot on the page), and each of those icons plus their text below needs to link within the pdf, to destinations I've already defined. It's the same two destinations each time. I have this all set up on page 2. How can I copy it to pages 3-45? [more inside]
posted by mgar on Apr 17, 2016 - 8 answers

View two parts of one PDF at once

I am looking for apps that will let me take handwritten notes in a file/on a PDF and also view two different (arbitrary) parts of those notes/PDFs at the same time. I need this functionality on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, a Mac running OSX, and an iPad Pro. [more inside]
posted by nat on Feb 1, 2016 - 7 answers

I'm looking for a free OSX based PDF reader

I'm really not up for paying for Acrobat and just need a simple PDF reader for my macbook air. Something that will open a PDF as well as search the document. Got a suggestion? Thanks HIve! [more inside]
posted by citybuddha on Jan 28, 2016 - 11 answers

Stamp stamp stamp stamp stamp

I'm looking for a PDF editor for Mac which allows me to create my own stamp -- and that stamp needs to have editable fields. [more inside]
posted by shakespeherian on Jan 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Going from physical print layout signatures to screen-compatible pages

Is there an application or script that provides the opposite service of the various booklet-maker printing tools? I have scans of some physical boards I want to convert to screen-readable documents. More, of course, inside. [more inside]
posted by mwhybark on Jan 24, 2016 - 2 answers

When I receive a pdf document, how do I know if it's searchable?

I obtain pdf documents many ways: website downloads, via email, subscriptions, etc. And I use Copernic Desktop search. Some pdf documents simply are not searchable, even though they contain plenty of text. When I find these, I upload them to Google Drive which makes them searchable using Google Drive search. Is there a way to know immediately from the pdf itself if it is searchable? [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy on Dec 4, 2015 - 7 answers

Looking to digitize my book library, but worried about corrupted PDFs

I have a rather extensive (read: physically burdensome) library of books I'd collected over the years that I'd like to digitize to take with me as I move on to my next adventure. I'm wondering what the best (most efficient, reliable, and economically efficient) way is to digitally preserve a large library of books as PDFs. I'm especially concerned to prevent files from becoming corrupted over time. [more inside]
posted by scriptible on Nov 14, 2015 - 13 answers

retrieving a vanished web pdf from my cache

I opened a PDF file in Chrome from a link in a Google search a couple of weeks ago. I didn't save the PDF but I need it! Can I get it out of my old files somehow? It doesn't seem to be in my downloads and the Wayback Machine doesn't have anything.
posted by chaiminda on Nov 2, 2015 - 6 answers

Citations generated from PDFs?

I have a whole bunch of PDFs of articles. I need citations from these articles (Chicago Style). Is there software that will allow me to efficiently generate citations from a batch of PDFs? Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on Oct 29, 2015 - 8 answers

Show All Documents From All Kindles In One Place.

I run Kindle app on four devices, using one Amazon account. When I read articles on the web, I usually save interesting PDFs to Kindle. I would like to see all ebooks AND the pdfs in one place. [more inside]
posted by seawallrunner on Sep 23, 2015 - 2 answers

Need an ebook in pdf format

Can anyone help me convert a Kindle book to a PDF? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Exporting Pocket articles to one PDf or EPUB to print or read on Nook

I have quite a bit of articles saved to Pocket. I want to compile them in one "book", preferrably with working links in EPUB but am okay with PDF to print. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Sep 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Would you upgrade to Win10 from XP? Or?

Just a quick poll here: I have an older Windows XP machine that I never installed any Adobe products on, but now my wife wants to use that computer and *needs* to edit pdf files (nothing fancy). Should I upgrade to Windows 10, just so I can get the latest greatest Adobe pdf editor? Or try some sketchy PDF editor that still supports XP? Or..?
posted by mhh5 on Sep 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Why won't this print properly?

Why aren't the text boxes/fields in this PDF file showing up when printed? [more inside]
posted by Venadium on Jul 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me automate a PDF-merge task!

For work, I've been doing a task that involves taking all PDFs in a directory, merging them, and giving them a name based on the name of the folder. I'd like to automate this task. [more inside]
posted by LSK on Jul 13, 2015 - 6 answers

Best way to save a webpage as PDF?

I am looking for software or a Chrome extension (preferably free) that will permit me to easily save a webpage as a PDF. [more inside]
posted by annabellee on Jul 6, 2015 - 8 answers

How to edit a PDF lease template

I got this lease template for my state for my rental property, looks good, but it's a PDF file, so I can't edit it to add my own few snowflake lease requirements. I got some "PDF" editors, which didn't work great, and I even tried PDF to word converter which was even worse. Advice?? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jun 12, 2015 - 11 answers

Recommend me an e-book reading device for mostly pdfs

I have a lot of books and articles in pdf form and I would like to read them on an eye-comforting and portable e-ink type device thing. What should I get? Ages ago I was recommended a nook, but I don't know if that's still a good choice or if I should just yield to kindle dominance. Annotation support would be nice I suppose but I'm find with just carrying a notebook and pen as well.
posted by kenko on May 16, 2015 - 13 answers

Shrinking pdfs

What is the best non online tool to compress existing Pdfs? For Windows computers and not online. Paid is fine if it's highly recommended. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on May 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Best way to read academic PDFs on an e-ink device?

I would like to be able to read journal articles on my Nook ereader, but dislike the scrolling about required when looking at PDFs at a reasonable level of zoom. Is there a (semi-)automated toolchain for converting multi-column academic (humanities) PDFs to reflowable epub? Bonus points for preserving footnote links. I've tried Calibre conversion in the distant past, but didn't have much luck with multi-column documents; has this improved since then?
posted by Jakob on Apr 21, 2015 - 4 answers

Cheap and easy way to create a PDF document consisting of just photos?

I'd like to create a single PDF document made up of 50 photos. Is there free or cheap way to do this without sacrificing quality? Thank you!
posted by Bushmiller on Mar 20, 2015 - 11 answers

how do I edit a pdf page in photoshop or illustrator.

I have an existing pdf presentation of about 15 pages. I want to re-edit the title on page 3. How do I do this? i open it up in photoshop, and I can change page 3, but i can't seem to easily reintegrate into my 15 page presentation. How do I open them all up, just change page 3, and then seemlessly resave with all 15 pages in pdf form order and ready to go? I have illustrator, photoshop, indesign and am downloading acrobat. THank you for any help.
posted by cascando on Feb 24, 2015 - 4 answers

Converting PDF to JPEG?

I want to take my original art and sell prints and such on Society6. I don't have a scanner so I took the three pieces to Staples and they scanned them onto a jump drive for me. I didn't think to say, "hey can you scan these as JPEG," and when I opened the files at home they're all PDF. [more inside]
posted by 80 Cats in a Dog Suit on Feb 4, 2015 - 26 answers

Adobe Acrobat N-Up printing and display comments

Using Adobe Acrobat, if I wanted to use this PDF so that it created a landscape 4 up PDF, how would one do that? I'd like to look like this preview tile. It seems crazy to me that the print output of Acrobat can't be saved as PDF - am I missing something? [more inside]
posted by Brent Parker on Jan 4, 2015 - 2 answers

Budget tablet recommendations for D&D

I'm thinking of picking up a tablet for playing Dungeons & Dragons. I need some advice on which tablets do well with both graphics-heavy PDFs and spreadsheets. Under $200 preferred. [more inside]
posted by chaosys on Dec 28, 2014 - 5 answers

Is there a service that will print & snail-mail PDFs?

I tried an online text form-to-postal-mail service, and it left me a bit disappointed. It charges by the page, and the text formatting controls are minimal. Even images aren't allowed. Is there a service that will let me upload a PDF and then mail it (in the U.S. via postal mail) to an address I specify?
posted by circular on Dec 20, 2014 - 4 answers

How can I translate a Japanese PDF?

I need a quick translation of a pamphlet in Japanese. It doesn't have that much text, but has several pages of annotated pictures. The text is part of the image and I can't highlight and copy it. Normally, when I need a translation, I use a service called Gengo, but they only take text. Does anyone know a) how I could extract Japanese text from a PDF or b) where I could find someone to quickly (even roughly) translate this? Thanks!
posted by three_red_balloons on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

I need to delete pages from a PDF, in Windows, locally, for free.

I have some very large PDF files, and I have to print out some pages, but not others. Is there some Windows freeware that will help me prepare them for easy printing? [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Dec 11, 2014 - 13 answers

DjVu (all over again)

Kind of a follow-up to this question: I need help converting high-resolution DjVu files to PDF. [more inside]
posted by orrnyereg on Nov 28, 2014 - 6 answers

Best way to sort PDFs

I have about 14 PDF Files with about 400 pages. Each page is an invoice with a number from 1 to 400. Unfortunately, they aren't all in the right sequence. What is the best way to sort them? Is there a way to do this automatically? If not, what other options do I have. The thumbnail view in MAC OS to small to see the invoice number.
posted by jfricke on Nov 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Best Format for Mobile Emergency Phone List

I'd like to distribute an emergency phone list with numbers that are clickable on a smartphone. [more inside]
posted by beyond_pink on Oct 15, 2014 - 6 answers

How to refer to mismatched page numbers in a PDF document?

I often need to refer a person to a specific page in a PDF document linked in an email. Sometimes the document contains page numbers on headers or footers that do not match the numbering of the PDF file. For example, the page with “12” displayed in the footer is page 16 of the PDF file, because the file includes four pages of front matter. “Page 1” as labeled in the document is the fifth page of the file, as shown in the document reader’s toolbar. [more inside]
posted by Snerd on Oct 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Group cloud PDF commenting system

Is there a cloud PDF hosting service that allows group commenting/highlighting? Think google docs, but for PDF commenting. Price should be free or $1/$2 per month per user.
posted by Brent Parker on Oct 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Document conversion

How to turn 23 PDFs of at least 65 pages each, in column format, created in QuarkXpress into Word, without having the text made into nonsense by Word deciding there's only one column when there are sometimes two and a pull quote. Any ideas? (Getting Quark is not an option). [more inside]
posted by b33j on Oct 5, 2014 - 8 answers

Converting LaTex to HTML or Word

I have a complex document in LaTex/PDF format that I want to make available to others in a more accessible Word or HTML format. [more inside]
posted by sindark on Oct 2, 2014 - 11 answers

How can I print to my Lexmark X945e and have it staple every 8 pages?

At work I generate personalized 8-page PDFs that I get in one large file. How can I send these to my Lexmark X945e multi-purpose color laser printer so that each "set" of 8 pages is stapled? [more inside]
posted by Coffeemate on Sep 26, 2014 - 4 answers

How to produce an editable PDF doc?

I have a scanned document with some text that I'd like to edit. [more inside]
posted by massofintuition on Sep 26, 2014 - 6 answers

Need to shrink a PDF *and* retain full-bleed layout

I developed a PDF in Illustrator that is 30MB. I need to get it down to an emailable ~1MB. I've found two services to help me with this: Opening in OS X Preview and doing a PDF export, or using smallpdf.com. Both make them small enough. However .... [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Sep 18, 2014 - 13 answers

How to convert a PDF ebook into an actual print book?

Earlier this year, I published a 116-page PDF ebook about personal finance. Next week, I'm attending a conference with fellow financial bloggers. Is there a way to convert my PDF book to a physical print version (even if it's just one or ten copies) in just a few days so that I can show it to people? Cost isn't really an object. I know I've come up with this idea at the last minute...
posted by jdroth on Sep 12, 2014 - 10 answers

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