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The two shall be one

I have two versions of the same PDF, both annotated in Acrobat Pro, and I need to make them into one document. [more inside]
posted by bwonder2 on Apr 21, 2013 - 4 answers

HTML to PDF

Help me turn a photo essay, currently in HTML, into a PDF (without big ugly white space when photos break to the following page). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 21, 2013 - 8 answers

Something like Evernote?

Is there a program along the lines of Evernote that can deal with .pdf and .doc files? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Apr 3, 2013 - 12 answers

How can I present PDFs annotated via popups in a browser window?

Hi all! I am looking for something that I think should exist but I can't seem to be able to find it. I am looking for a way to put a PDF on a webpage with annotation markers, so that when a user clicks on the annotation marker, a pop up box opens up with the annotation comment. For example, imagine a PDF of a first edition of "Alice in Wonderland" or the Bible that you could click on and notes about the phrase you clicked on would appear in a pop up window. The seems a useful bit of technology but I've looked around the web and I've been unable to find any pages like this. I am looking for two things: (1) Examples of such pages currently online; and (2) A software program that would create such pages. Thanks in advance!
posted by laswingkid on Mar 12, 2013 - 2 answers

ISO iPad PDF organizer...

I'm trying to find an app for organizing my PDFs on my iPad mini. Ideally, this app would enable me to sort my PDFs into folders *and* allow me to open the PDFs either within the app or in another application (such as Note Taker HD), *and* I'd like there to be a companion desktop application (for Mac) or website or whatever so I can organize things on my computer when I want. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Feb 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Excel spreadsheet to pretty clips report?

I have an Excel spreadsheet with couple hundred rows: URLs, a few fields of identifying information (outlet, etc.), for media hits on the organization I work for. I need to make this into a pretty (or at least semi-legible to the computer illiterate) document that I can give to board members, senior staff, etc. What I would like is to use some form of scripting to automate this. Bonus points if the script can somehow open the URL and take a screenshot of the story so that I don't have to. I have a Mac, and both the Adobe and Microsoft suites. How do I not spend tedious hours manually doing this? Especially since I have to do it each month and quarter.
posted by klangklangston on Jan 31, 2013 - 8 answers

How to assemble 500 image slices into a printable PDF

I have about 500 PNGs. Each is 8" wide and anywhere from 1" to 5" high. I need to assemble them into a PDF, as many images as possible that will fit per page without cutting off. [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jan 29, 2013 - 10 answers

But I don't *want* anyone to recognize it...

How do I prevent OCR on a document (typically a PDF but I could use another document format if necessary)? I know that when I scan it from a hard copy to a PDF I can disable/stop the OCR process, but Adobe allows it to happen on any PDF I scan in, whether OCR was eliminated at scanning or not, and I have to stop that (I have work product I'd like to distribute electronically, but my boss would like to make sure it's not searchable and it's as hard as I can make it to copy). I can use any software or process within reason.
posted by mrs. taters on Jan 25, 2013 - 27 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

Looking for PDF software that can automatically append at creation

Looking for prompt-less PDF creation and appending [more inside]
posted by colecovizion on Jan 17, 2013 - 9 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

Is it the stylus or the screen?

I got myself a Lenovo tablet on super sale for Christmas. I'm interested in using it to read and annotate pdf files (mainly journal articles). The pdf reader app I'm using has the ability for freehand writing, and I'd like to try that out for margin notes (some of the papers are technical with lots of symbols, so writing is easier than typing). I bought a stylus that had pretty good reviews on Amazon, but I have to push down to make it work which is ok for highlighting, but tiring for writing. Is this a limitation of this tablet's screen? Or is there a stylus that is easier to use? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Jan 9, 2013 - 9 answers

No, iPad, I don't want 5 versions of the same file thanks.

I have a (hopefully easy) question about getting Dropbox and GoodNotes to work together nicely on my iPad. [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Jan 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Reducing .pdf size

Is there a failsafe way to make a pdf smaller? [more inside]
posted by kettleoffish on Dec 19, 2012 - 8 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

Automated PDF modification

Is there an automated way of placing elements from one PDF file into another? Open to coding this via Python if a relevant module exists. [more inside]
posted by mnemonic on Dec 17, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me choose the right tablet

I know this is well trodden ground, but I have a question about tablets. I want a tablet that will mainly be for reading/annotating pdfs (academic papers). My main worries are eye strain and stylus integration. What's my best bet? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Dec 10, 2012 - 19 answers

Convert pdf to png

I have a 1200 page pdf file that I'd like to convert to png image files. I would like each page of the pdf to be converted to a separate png file. What's the easiest way to achieve this? I'm using Windows.
posted by Proginoskes on Dec 9, 2012 - 10 answers

Converting lots of little excel into word?

ExcelFilter: I have a whole bunch of excel files. More than 100 of them. Each file has about one page of print area, but some in portrait and others in landscape. They are mostly text in cells; not a lot of formulas being used. I would like to (1) merge all these files into one Word document; (2) have a page break so that each file (more or less) is one page; and (3) do it with a minimum of cutting and pasting. Opening everything as a PDF and viewing in Preview is also an option, but less optimal since I'll certainly need to adjust some formatting and page breaks. Maybe on publisher? Is anything like this possible? Or do I need to do it page-by-page? What would you do? I'm on a Mac 10.8.2.
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy on Nov 19, 2012 - 9 answers

How to Batch Process PDFs

How can one batch modify pdfs that are from scanned books / magazines for easier reading on Kindle? Specifically a) minimize the margins. b) repaginate when they are 2 pages to a page scans. [more inside]
posted by mary8nne on Nov 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Not so much to ask, really

So, I got myself an Android tablet, specifically for DnD nerdery. Now I've got some specific desires for pdf and spreadsheet programs - but am having a hell of a time tracking down apps that can what I want. Are these things really that hard to do in Jelly Bean? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Nov 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me read PDFs in the palm of my hand

Best tablet or e-reader for reading PDFs? Difficulty: must be lightweight, with a smaller screen than an iPad, and preferably less than $250. [more inside]
posted by np312 on Nov 2, 2012 - 21 answers

Your academic workflow, 2012 edition

I would like to learn more from real-world researchers about the apps or web tools you use. [more inside]
posted by zepheria on Nov 1, 2012 - 11 answers

What is the best electronic device for this task?

Help me find a device (or two devices) that will take pictures, and then easily convert these pictures to PDFs. Alternatively, persuade me to buy an iPad! [more inside]
posted by UniversityNomad on Oct 15, 2012 - 5 answers

A portable device for reading and drawing.

Please recommend a device (or devices) for two activities: reading and drawing. And by reading, I don't just mean plain English text. I also have some special demands regarding drawing. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Oct 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Adjusting paper size for Mac "print to pdf" function"

Mac "print to pdf" function is defaulting to US Letter output, despite A4-formatted documents that print fine as A4 on a physical printer. [more inside]
posted by kalapierson on Sep 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Reading RPG PDFs on the iPad

I'm looking for a PDF reader app for my iPad. Challenge level: RPG books. I'm experimenting with using my iPad to read the rules books for D&D, Pathfinder, etc. during the game. Key features that I need: 1) Jump to an arbitrary page number; 2) Find word/phrase within the document; 3) Renders quickly even with large files with lots of graphics; 4) Ability to add bookmarks within the PDF file would be a huge plus; 5) Ability to sort files within the app with folders would be a minor plus. Recommendations?
posted by philosophygeek on Sep 22, 2012 - 8 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

1-s2.0-S0958166910000443-main dot PDF

Does anyone know why academic PDF documents downloaded as full text seem to universally download as poorly documented/difficult to sort files? [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation on Sep 11, 2012 - 14 answers

How to insert a bunch of links to an excel document?

How to batch insert links to an excel document? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Sep 4, 2012 - 1 answer

Large capacity PDF 2 Fax service?

PDF to Fax service that can handle ludicrously large files and number of pages? [more inside]
posted by morganw on Aug 31, 2012 - 8 answers

How to get PDFs from shared drive onto multiple iPads?

Help me set up a system to make PDFs available from our corporate network to our users' iPads. [more inside]
posted by Infinite Jest on Aug 15, 2012 - 10 answers

PDF copy/paste repeats text - help?

When I copy/paste text from this PDF, the copied text is repeated and sometimes includes additional text. Why is this and how can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by fussbudget on Aug 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Assemble JPGs into a PDF?

I have a folder of JPG files. I want to create a PDF with one of those JPGs on each page. I don't want to spend any money. I am using a Windows computer. [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen on Aug 9, 2012 - 11 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

How to create easy editable signs?

How can I create large signs with fillable text fields that auto-scale? [more inside]
posted by tjbarrett on Jun 19, 2012 - 3 answers

Best PDF annotation app for Android

Best PDF reader and annotating application for Android? [more inside]
posted by foxinsocks on Jun 14, 2012 - 4 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

A Kindle Cookbook?

What is the best, most orderly way to add and organize recipes on my Kindle Touch for optimal viewing? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Jun 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Where to find an ebook or pdf of "Harris and Me" by Gary Paulsen

Where can I find an ebook or pdf of "Harris and Me" by Gary Paulsen? [more inside]
posted by jamesdtj on Jun 5, 2012 - 5 answers

docx, PDF, ePub, mobi... Help!

Looking for the best way to publish a frequently-updated document to multiple electronic formats (PDF, ePub, mobi, etc.). [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on May 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Helvetica for Everyone! PDFS 4-EVA!

Let's say I'm an in-house graphic designer working on a sale sign template for a company with several locations. I've got Helvetica. The various locations don't. I'd like to make a fancy template in InDesign, and then create a PDF form where employees can alter small portions of the text and then print the completed sale sign at their location, still using the Helvetica. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on May 25, 2012 - 15 answers

Apps for an apple flavoured snowflake?

Friends, mefites, global citizens, recommend me your apps for the iPad. [more inside]
posted by b33j on May 19, 2012 - 14 answers

Performing OCR on a Franktur/Blackletter PDF and getting a searchable image PDF

I have Adobe Acrobat X Pro on Windows 7. Is there any free or inexpensive way to use OCR to create searchable image PDFs from image-only PDFs of texts written in German in Fraktur/Blackletter script? [more inside]
posted by dhens on Apr 28, 2012 - 14 answers

Slow printing of a specific PDF

We have a laserjet 4250 at work. I'm running into an issue with it printing one specific PDF very slowly (i.e. prints a page. pauses for half a second, prints the next, pause...) Normally it spits them out very rapidly. [more inside]
posted by symbioid on Apr 23, 2012 - 11 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

Scanned stuff on new iPad?

How do scanned comics and PDFs look on the new iPad? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on Apr 22, 2012 - 10 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

Transparent DRM

I'd like to make certain documents at work (mostly PDFs) only openable to logged-in domain members based on group membership. Watermarking with account credentials would be a plus. [more inside]
posted by benzenedream on Apr 17, 2012 - 8 answers

Is a kindle good for this?

Kindle questions: 1) I want a device that I can read (mostly) 8.5" x 11" PDFs on without much scrolling (as opposed to page turning) and 2) use to look up prices of things (not just books) on Amazon and other sites. The iPad is great for these except it's too heavy to lug around and a bit too bright to read for hours and I'd prefer no monthly bill for price checking. I'm in Canada if that makes a difference. Is the Kindle appropriate and if so, which one? Also, is it easy to transfer my PDFs too? Can I access Dropbox, for instance? Thanks.
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Apr 7, 2012 - 27 answers

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