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Can't copy / cut / duplicate in OS X

Why is cut/copy/duplicate greyed out in Apple Preview app? When I open PDFs or XLS files in Preview by double clicking on them, I'm able to select text but cannot ever copy or cut it. Someone suggested duplicating the file first, but that option is also greyed out. 10.9.1 Why? Thanks!
posted by dobbs on Jan 20, 2014 - 17 answers

Could you help me with my Applescript?

I am trying to batch convert a bunch of MS Word documents via Pages on my Mac. I have an Applescript that I believe will work, but I am getting hung up on a dialog box, and I am trying to see if someone could proofread the script for me. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Ok, it's possible I am just grasping at straws to find an excuse to own an iPad.

I'm trying to figure out if a iPad is what I'm looking for to help me reduce my physical books, particularly cookbooks and printed (from the internet) recipes. I want to know first whether iPad is the way to go for my specific needs (details within) and then, if an iPad is what I want, which generation iPad & apps would help me do what I want. Or maybe there is a better solution? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jun 9, 2012 - 22 answers

PDF = Portable Document FAIL

Please help me thwart the evil Adobe empire so that I can read the Valve Handbook for New Employees (and other .pdf files) on my Macbook again! Recently, Adobe Reader told me an updated version was available. Obviously delusional, I went ahead and updated my perfectly-working 9.4 to the new version 10, and now I can no longer view pdf documents in Chrome (18.0.1025.163), my browser of choice. What now? [more inside]
posted by misha on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

PDF display problems

PDFs created in Word opening strangely on recipient's computer. Help? [more inside]
posted by piratebowling on Jan 25, 2012 - 7 answers

PDFs on Firefox for Mac

PDFs on Firefox for Mac: No matter what hacks I try, it seems that I cannot get the PDF Plugin for Firefox on Mac OS X to work with either Firefox 9 or Firefox 10 beta. I feel like I must be doing something wrong because evidently other folks have gotten it to work. Would be grateful if anyone could walk me through the best way to get this extension working again. [more inside]
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Jan 16, 2012 - 4 answers

Paper, begone!

My (very) small office just got a new whiz-bang scanner that can scan stacks of paper to image-only PDFs. Ideally, I'd like to use this to do away with paper filing, but this is harder (for me) than it sounds. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Oct 9, 2011 - 10 answers

PDF printing in Firefox

Mac OSX 10.5.8 form PDF printing: Can anyone tell me why it might be that sites which generate a unique PDF for download will malfunction with Firefox but not with Safari or Chrome? A typical example is Purolator.ca: clicking on the javascript link to print a waybill returns a cgi file but no pdf. [more inside]
posted by HLD on Apr 7, 2011 - 7 answers

This seems like it should be more straightforward.

I've got a PDF (a magazine). I'm trying export some pages from this PDF (my article), as a separate PDF. I'm on a Mac (10.6.7). This seems like it should be easy, but I can't print my selected pages to PDF (it's grayed out in the "Save to PDF" drop-down), nor can I find any options to save-selected-pages-as or export-to. My searches have only turned up now-obsolete, non-functioning programs like PDFlab and PDFsam. What am I missing? Should I just print out the pages and scan them back in?
posted by finnb on Mar 24, 2011 - 10 answers

Clean up my PDFs!

Save a clean copy of a marked-up PDF from Preview? (Mac OS 10.6) [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Oct 8, 2010 - 7 answers

PDFFFFFFUUUUUUU

I use Chrome for Mac. Is there any way to open PDFs inline, avoiding the clunky save-to-disk rigmarole?
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 18, 2010 - 4 answers

Search, cross-link references in PDF articles?

Perhaps this is just a fantasy, but is there any application or online tool that could search through the references of an article I have saved as a PDF, in order to check whether I have those cited articles in my larger PDF library? It would be perfect if it would highlight, link, or somehow display cross-referenced relationships between all my articles. I am already familiar with many referencing/PDF organization software such as Papers (Mekentosj), Sente, and Devonthink. I suppose what I have in mind is a similar tool, but with the additional power of something like ISI Indexes. I have a fairly large library (about 300 references that I'm actively using, and more than 2000 total) and I'm just trying to get some "big-picture" grasp of how all these sources relate to one another.
posted by samac on Jun 20, 2010 - 5 answers

Soliciting scanner software suggestions.

Any recommendations for scanning / PDF management software for my Mac that is cheap or, better yet, free? [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Mar 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Sheet music viewer for mac?

How can I view sheet music on my mac? [more inside]
posted by Alec Loudenback on Jan 24, 2010 - 3 answers

Are there any free Mac programs to remove PDF encryption?

Are there any free Mac programs to remove PDF encryption? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Dec 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Please recommend PDF indexing software for OS X.

Please recommend OS X software which can generate indexes from PDF files. Freeware is best, but shareware is also fine. [more inside]
posted by NucleophilicAttack on Sep 13, 2009 - 2 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

Powerpoint to PDF conversion

How do I set up my printer prefs / page settings to save an A0 size Powerpoint slide as a PDF? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Jun 11, 2009 - 1 answer

How do I seek and destroy image-only PDF's?

Is there Mac-based software available that will search my entire hard drive or designated folders for image-only PDF files (have not been OCR'ed) and then automatically run OCR (using Acrobat Pro or whatever) and override the original file with a searchable version? [more inside]
posted by randex8 on Dec 16, 2008 - 4 answers

How can keep text from apprearing/disappearing when converting PPT to PDF?

I saved a PowerPoint presentation as PDF, but the PDF version has some extra exclamation points (!) all over the place and two entire text boxes missing. Can anyone help me fix that? [more inside]
posted by carofowler on Dec 2, 2008 - 10 answers

Free software to write on PDFs with my tablet?

PDF editing software for Mac to use with my Wacom tablet? [more inside]
posted by jk252b on Oct 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Preview isn't previewing pdfs properly

I'm having trouble viewing pdfs using Preview on my Mac (OS 10.4.11). Parts of the document don't show up. I usually have to close the file and reopen it several times before the entire document renders properly. Has anyone else had this problem, and were you able to fix it? And, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Oct 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Picture a Venn diagram with 3 circles: LaTeX, Emacs, Mac. I'd like to live in the intersection.

Mac users who write LaTeX documents in Emacs (with or without AucTeX), please tell me about your workflow. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

Will Firefox 3.0 finally allow inline viewing of pdf's on an intel mac?

Yippee - Firefox 3.0 has landed. Will this solve the most glaring problem with Firefox 2.x - unlike native Mac app Safari, Firefox can't load pdf's inline. [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Jun 17, 2008 - 6 answers

markup!

I want to highlight and otherwise mark-up a PDF document in OSX. [more inside]
posted by Pants! on May 19, 2008 - 4 answers

Stupidly Simple Recipe Management

What's a good, idiot-proof way for my mom to scan and manage her old recipes on her iMac? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jan 20, 2008 - 15 answers

.chm to .pdf conversion in Mac OS X?

.chm to PDF conversion, Mac OS X. There seems to be no easy way to do it. Does anyone have an effective and trustworthy workflow they can recommend? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by SeƱor Pantalones on Sep 23, 2007 - 11 answers

Help me not download .pdfs I don't want!

How do I keep Firefox from saving every .pdf file I look at onto my desktop? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Sep 19, 2007 - 16 answers

I'd like some continuity please.

Is there a way to set up Preview and the preview in TexShop to display the pdf in continuous mode rather than one-single-page-at-a-time mode? I know you can do this for each document individually through the menus (or by right-clicking), but is there some hidden preference (in the plist?) that I can change to coerce Preview and TexShop to display in continuous mode by default?
posted by Friday on Jun 4, 2007 - 5 answers

Is there an easier way to get to "Save as PDF" on my Mac?

I really love the baked-in "Save to PDF" function that OS 10 has. I love it so much, that I often have multiple things that I want to save as PDF. It is a little inconvenient/inefficient to go through five or six pages, hit cmd-p, click "PDF", select "Save as PDF", hit return, hit return again, for each file. It would be much easier if I could punch in one key combo and have the "Save" dialog box come up, with "PDF" in the format. Please help. Anyone know a way to make this happen?
posted by grieserm on Dec 15, 2006 - 14 answers

How do I view a PDF in Firefox 2.0 on Mac OS 10.4.8?

Trying to view a PDF in Firefox 2.0 on an Intel iMac is even more of a pain in the butt that it was in Fx 1.5.0.7. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Making PDFs out of Word Docs and Preserving Embedded Links

How can I make a .pdf of a .doc file that maintains the copious hyperlinks in the original MS Word doc on Mac OS 10.4? [more inside]
posted by hwickline on Sep 28, 2006 - 8 answers

Selecting text from PDF in Preview

Some PDFs in Preview (OS X) have quite a fuzzy text even at high zoom, and I can't select the text (which is the main problem). Is there some remedy for this?
posted by raheel on Jun 30, 2006 - 14 answers

OS X only makes bitmap PDFs

When I make a PDF from any application in OS X (10.3.x), they come out pixelated. Much like the steering well in the pirate's pants, it's driving me nuts. [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Jun 20, 2006 - 11 answers

Manage PDFs on a Mac

I want to manage the huge list of pdf based papers that I read for my PhD in CS: keep them organized by categories, put long notes in them, etc. Anything for OS X?
posted by raheel on Jun 15, 2006 - 16 answers

Why doesn't Word for Mac make a PDF with outside page numbers?

Why does Word 2004 (OS X 10.4.3) freak out when printing a PDF of a document with the "different odd and even pages" pagination setting? How can I convince it that everything is OK? [more inside]
posted by themadjuggler on Apr 12, 2006 - 3 answers

I want to be able to take notes on PDFs.

I am looking for a cheap Mac (Tiger) program that will let me write on PDFs. [more inside]
posted by librarina on Jun 26, 2005 - 8 answers

Can I automate the creation of PDFs from a large number of Word documents?

Acrobat Filter. In Mac OS 9.2, I regularly create a large number of PDFs from Word files using Distiller 5.0. The problem is, I do this for 30 large files every 10 days, and must manually first create .ps files, and then distill them. The process takes more than 1 hour, during which I must open Each Word file to .ps "print" it. Short of buying a new copy of Acrobat for $300 and/or an OS X computer, is there any way to automate this process?
posted by ParisParamus on Sep 17, 2004 - 14 answers

PDF conversion with hyperlinks in OpenOffice?

OpenOffice question. Is there an easy way to convert documents to PDF such that the hyperlinks still work? I'm on OS X.
posted by inksyndicate on Aug 24, 2004 - 7 answers

Implementing a .PDF file that can be edited by multiple users?

What's the easiest way to implement a .PDF file that can be edited by multiple users (Mac and Windows)? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by sharksandwich on Aug 24, 2004 - 1 answer

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