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How do I tell if a file is a real corrupt PDF or a fake broken file?

I make my students submit their assignments (for college writing classes) by uploading them as PDFs to our course management system. Sometimes students submit broken or un-openable files. My question is, how do I tell the difference between a real PDF file that became corrupted somewhere along the line and a fake corrupted PDF file created by a student who didn't do the assignment and wants an excuse? [more inside]
posted by Tesseractive on May 13, 2014 - 28 answers

Adobe Acrobat Filter: Acrobat help, hacking PDFs

I am regular user of Adobe Acrobat Pro (Version 9, currently), for document manipulation purposes. I am certainly not expert at it, but I'm not entirely stupid. I sometimes run into forms (the ones I work with are typically from various state and federal government agencies) where the helpful persons setting up those forms either accidentally or set up with programming/permissions that don't allow me be able to manipulate the forms. These are not high level sensitive documents, or anything, and all I am trying to do is to be able to add/edit/delete various form fields in order to fill out the forms properly. Here is a link to the current form that has me stymied - it is the S-Corporation election form from the IRS (form 2553): http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f2553.pdf [more inside]
posted by kjl291 on Apr 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Why does Windows 8.1 ask for an app every time I try to open a PDF?

This is new behavior (maybe after I installed the Windows 8.1 upgrade) - when I double-click a PDF, instead of just opening the file in Acrobat (full app is installed on my computer), the 'how do you want to open this file' dialog appears, and 'Keep using Adobe Acrobat' is the first choice, followed by two instances an icon with the full path to the Acrobat executable. I have Adobe Acrobat as the default program. I'm guessing this is a Windows issue, rather than Adobe - how do I get my PDFs to just open already?
posted by DandyRandy on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

Resizing and Creating a PDF from an AI file

I have a 39KB AI file I need to resize into a 20MB PFD - while retaining all image quality for print. Thank you so much!
posted by brookem on Aug 15, 2013 - 15 answers

How to copy/paste Cyrillic characters from PDF?

For years, I've accepted as fact that Russian-language PDFs don't play nice with other programs. That if you tried to paste copied text into Word or Notepad, you'd get gibberish characters. (I work on two laptops, one with Windows Vista and Acrobat, the other Windows 7 and Reader.) Are there any clever workarounds or programs I should know about? [more inside]
posted by lily_bart on Jan 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Adobe Acrobat replacement for Mac OS X

Seeking Adobe Acrobat replacement for Mac OS X. I have Acrobat 8 Standard for Windows, which has served me well. But Adobe only offers their "Pro" version for Mac, which costs way more than I want to spend ($450), and it's also more than I need. So I'm looking for an alternative; free is great, but willing to pay for a solid software package. Intuitive and easy-to-use is a big plus. List of features I tend to rely on most in the "More Inside" section. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Please hope me! Can I save this PDF form!

I filled out a PDF form last night in Google Chrome and saved the PDF. Then I emailed it to someone important. This morning they told me they had received a blank form (!). I opened the attachment and yes, it's blank. *@#$&@! [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 13, 2012 - 22 answers

How to populate PDF form from Excel data?

How to populate PDF form from Excel data: number of copies based on number of rows? [more inside]
posted by GuppieXX on Jul 13, 2012 - 3 answers

PDF text recognition

What is the quickest way to digitally black out the social security numbers in 100s of PDFs? [more inside]
posted by JJkiss on Apr 18, 2012 - 9 answers

Foxit foxed by PDF bookmarks

When I export an InDesign document as a PDF, the bookmarks automatically generated by Indesign from a table of contents are consistently going to a page 2 pages after their target when clicked in Foxit PDF reader. I am going nuts. Help? [more inside]
posted by merocet on Jan 25, 2012 - 1 answer

Crap, I told them I could do this, and now I can't.

How can I create a .pdf form that a) is able to be filled out, and b) will tally a running total of the "score" as it is filled in? The problem: I need a free program. [more inside]
posted by woodvine on Dec 9, 2011 - 18 answers

PDF me ASAP

Is there a way to send a message through Adobe Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by ian1977 on Oct 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Why Isn't This Easier?

Can anyone recommend a plug-in that allows adobe acrobat to sort pages by page number? I inserted page numbers into a document; extracted certain pages into separate files, and then combined them again; the page numbers were off as a result (and there are some dupes). I'd like to make them resort by page number. Any ideas?
posted by miss tea on Sep 23, 2011 - 4 answers

$xx to Create a PDF??

How's your little US nonprofit avoiding Adobe Acrobat and printing PDFs for free? [more inside]
posted by FLAG (BASTARD WATER.) (Acorus Adulterinus.) on Aug 10, 2011 - 33 answers

Help me with Adobe/iPad issue!

Is there an adobe app available that will allow for data input on a pdf form on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by nataliecay on Sep 13, 2010 - 4 answers

PDF maker

How can I create a high-quality but small file sized, multi-page PDF? I am assembling a design portfolio and have access to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge and Indesign. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Aug 23, 2010 - 14 answers

Embed same image many times in Illustrator?

Is there a way to embed the same jpg image many times in a single PDF in Illustrator CS5? [more inside]
posted by Tom-B on Aug 6, 2010 - 9 answers

PDF reader that allows stepped highlighting of sentences?

PDF reader that allows stepped highlighting of sentences? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Jul 20, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF?

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

Convert PDFs to grayscale?

Help me convert PDF files that should be grayscale, but are actually in color. [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Jun 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Open sesame!

Calling all ascended computer masters: why won't Foxit open my PDFs? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Apr 22, 2010 - 18 answers

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document?

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document? [more inside]
posted by sour cream on Jan 20, 2010 - 13 answers

How can I replace embedded PDF fonts?

How can I replace embedded fonts in a PDF with "normal-looking" versions? I have a textbook I received from my professor for a class, and the text is incredibly hard to read. [more inside]
posted by lwf on Nov 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Editable PDFs?

I want to be able to create editable, form-based PDFs. What software do I need? [more inside]
posted by Kattiara17 on Sep 29, 2009 - 16 answers

Tagging in Acrobat Pro 8

I would like to be able to search comments in numerous pdf files at once using Adobe Acrobat Pro 8. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by nosila on Sep 12, 2009 - 4 answers

How do I create a "fill in form" on Adobe?

How do I create a "fill in form" on Adobe with text boxes and check boxes? [more inside]
posted by genniangel0 on Aug 18, 2009 - 9 answers

Mac freeware for PDF Markups?

MacFilter: Anyone know of a free way to add markups and comments to PDF files in OS X? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino on Aug 9, 2009 - 8 answers

GIFs in PDFs

How do I insert a GIF in its native resolution into a PDF? [more inside]
posted by king walnut on Jul 9, 2009 - 4 answers

How to Print the Interactive Fields in an Interactive Form

How do I get this fillable form PDF to print the information in the interactive fields. If I click "highlight fields" the information is there, but when I print it's gone. [more inside]
posted by kristymcj on May 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Most secure PDF viewer?

In light of the increasing number of PDF security exploits, what is the most secure PDF viewer for Windows? [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Batch processing multiple-page PDFs

I need to batch process a 54-page PDF through Bridge (or Photoshop) and it doesn't seem to be saving properly. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Mar 18, 2009 - 2 answers

How do I edit PDF Title, Author and Publisher info so that titles come out properly in ADE Adobe Digital Edition?

How do I edit PDF Title, Author and Publisher info so that book information loads properly in ADE Adobe Digital Edition? [more inside]
posted by 925 on Jan 27, 2009 - 5 answers

Creating links to Adobe files

How can I link to downloadable Adobe Illustrator and EPS documents on our intranet? [more inside]
posted by Joleta on Nov 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Why won't a PDF's form fields print?

I have a PDF form that I modified from an existing PDF form, adding a new page and a few new fields. The new fields I added are visible on the screen but not visible when I print the form. Other parts of the form work fine, it is only 4 text fields I added. Other checkboxes work and show up fine. I am fairly inexperienced with editing PDFs and using LiveCycle Designer (I have version 7) and can't figure out what the heck I'm missing and I can't extract anything from the help guide.
posted by Ikazuchi on Oct 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Pushing the limits of PDFs. First, what are they?

When it comes to document interactivity, what are PDF files really capable of? Which features are best for creating dynamic displays of information? What are some of the best examples you've seen of interactive PDFs? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord on Sep 27, 2008 - 10 answers

Another Vista workaround, please. How to create PDFs.

How can I view AND create PDFs without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 28, 2008 - 23 answers

PDF = Pretty Damn Funky

How can I convert a Word document to a pdf while keeping the margins the same width? We are working on a 5 MB Word document, created with Word 2003 on a PC running Windows XP. The margins must be 1 inch wide. When we convert it to pdf, the right hand margin becomes 1.25 inches wide, and random phrases become boldface. We've tried Acrobat 8 and a freeware converter (dopdf).
posted by lukemeister on Aug 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Fonts-be-gone (from my PDF)!

Why are there 20 Mb of embedded fonts in my PDF and how can I make them go away? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Aug 28, 2008 - 6 answers

How to preview pdfs in Explorer?

How do I preview a PDF file in Windows Explorer (XP Professional) without opening it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 - 7 answers

How do I link a bunch of documents into a formatted binder of sorts?

How do I link a bunch of documents together into a binder which automatically updates when changes are made? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Jun 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Link from excel cell to a specific PDF page?

Is there a way to create a link in an Excel spreadsheet to a specific page or destination in an external PDF file? I've read some tutorials that show how to do this in html documents but can't seem to figure out if it's possible in Excel. I'm using MS Excel 2000 and Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2 Professional. Thanks!
posted by bepe on Apr 17, 2008 - 3 answers

How do I remove an identical password from hundreds of protected PDFs?

Is there anyway to remove the same password (which I have) from multiple PDFs at once? [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Nov 27, 2007 - 6 answers

trimming pdf's?

Without "pro" software, how can I trim pages from large pdf files? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Oct 24, 2007 - 7 answers

PDF batch editing

PDF editing - batch processing on a large number of pages? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Oct 24, 2007 - 7 answers

How do I make Acrobat show nonprinting characters?

Adobe Acrobat question: Is it possible to show nonprinting (invisible, hidden) characters? How? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Foxit, Firefox and PDF opening issues

Why do some PDF's open in Acrobat instead of Foxit when using Firefox, even when Foxit is the default reader? [more inside]
posted by Nugget on Oct 15, 2007 - 3 answers

Editing a pdf?

I need to make a small change (tel #) to a PDF brochure I had done recently. The problem is that I don't have the original file the brochure was created from and won't be able to get it for at least three weeks. Is there any software I can buy that will enable me to do this or am I just going to have to wait until the designer returns to civilization?
posted by Umhlangan on Oct 12, 2007 - 11 answers

PDF, TXT, WTF?

InDesignFilter: 'Export' defaults randomly changing from PDF to TXT. WTF? [more inside]
posted by Pecinpah on Oct 11, 2007 - 8 answers

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format?

Is there an easy way to manage extensive amounts of .eps & .ai files (Adobe Illustrator) into a .pdf catalog format? I often buy vector pack cds that come with vast amounts of eps/ai files but there is almost always a single .pdf file that has a catalog of all the files in one for easy browsing. Is there a tool that does this automatically?
posted by cheero on Sep 19, 2007 - 2 answers

blankerblanking file errors!

Why are my Adobe Illustrator files coming up blank? [more inside]
posted by kidsleepy on Aug 29, 2007 - 9 answers

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