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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

How do I save these web pages for my portfolio?

How do I convert a web page to a PDF? If that doesn't work, how else can I archive the sites for my portfolio? [more inside]
posted by rebent on Apr 6, 2012 - 9 answers

Turning thousands of loose-leaf papers into dozens of PDFs

I have a few thousand pages of documentation I'd like to digitize and organize, eventually making a series of PDFs out of them. Can you help me make this task less painful? [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How to view a PDF on shared drive on a tablet without downloading it to the device first?

Can Ipad (or any other tablet) be used to browse and view a folder of documents (mostly PDF/Office) on a shared drive over Wifi without actually downloading the file to the device? [more inside]
posted by djfreex on Apr 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How many times do I need to embed fonts using pdflatex

My thesis is in latex, with PDF graphics that I've made but without fonts embedded in them. The graphics all use the same fonts, so can I embed them only in one of the PDF input files, or do I need to do it for all of them? [more inside]
posted by kg on Mar 31, 2012 - 4 answers

What determines where an application window opens in Windows 7?

What determines where an application window opens in Windows 7? [more inside]
posted by schoolgirl report on Mar 30, 2012 - 4 answers

Batch converting PDFs, how to?

How does one convert hundreds of multiple page PDFS (of varying page sizes per PDF and varying total page count), so that only a single jpeg is saved of the first page of each PDF, with the original file name intact. I have access to Photoshop CS 5 (not 5.5) and IrfanView 4.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 21, 2012 - 16 answers

Convert text with whitespace to csv

perl or sed or awk help for newbie [more inside]
posted by v-tach on Mar 20, 2012 - 26 answers

Open Source / Free pdf redacting tools?

I need to redact some information in several pdf files. It doesn't need to be secure just obscure. Is there a way to do this without buying software ? Open source option? [more inside]
posted by srboisvert on Feb 21, 2012 - 12 answers

Can a sortable spreadsheet exist in a PDF?

I have a PDF document and a spreadsheet in XLS format. We want to be able to put the spreadsheet into the PDF and allow users to click on the sheet's column headings to sort the data alphabetically depending on need. Is this possible? If so, what is the best way to do it? [more inside]
posted by Servo5678 on Feb 17, 2012 - 5 answers

HRAF --> pdf

I have a document in microfiche, and it's also found in HRAF (Human Relations Area Files). How can I best get the document in .pdf and printed format? [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Feb 11, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I make my report look professional?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a report look fancy. I don't have extremely high expectations - I just want to create photo footers at the bottom of each page like this (and I have two photos, so I want to alternate). I have photoshop, I have the report (in MS Word), I have the photos...I just can't, for the life of me figure out how to do it. Help? [more inside]
posted by arnicae on Feb 5, 2012 - 8 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

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

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

Add line numbers to PDF

How can I add line numbers to a PDF? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 6, 2012 - 6 answers

Improving my knowledge of SQL and PostgreSQL

Free or creative-commons books to help me improve my knowledge of SQL. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Dec 16, 2011 - 3 answers

scraping pdf content?

I have about 4000 pdfs that i need to scrape data from and put into a database. [more inside]
posted by buttercup on Dec 11, 2011 - 8 answers

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

Lines on the page would be nice.

How do I put lines on these pdf documents? I'm going blind trying to match descriptions to dollars! [more inside]
posted by Ys on Dec 6, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I compress my portfolio into something that won't load like a bad animated GIF?

Can somebody please explain to me image compression, specifically with regard to creating smallish PDFs from Indesign files that contain large linked vector graphics? [more inside]
posted by This_Will_Be_Good on Nov 20, 2011 - 14 answers

Ebook reader with good PDF support?

What's the best ebook reader for reading PDF-s, specifically academic papers? [more inside]
posted by daniel_charms on Nov 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Google Books PDF Files

Why can't PDF files from Google Books downloaded via GooReader be modified in Adobe Acrobat? I need to modify the font size size so these books can be read on my Kindle. My copy of Acrobat Standard will not recognize these Google PDF files as editable. Why does Acrobat not recognize these PDF files?
posted by Raybun on Nov 14, 2011 - 11 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

Readability for PDFs?

I have to read a lot of academic papers. They are usually formatted into 2 columns per page. This is fine if I print them out, but when I read them on a computer screen, it is difficult/annoying for me to scroll up and down - I lose my place easily (I recognize this may be unusual). Is there software out there that will strip the text from a pdf into one column (and maybe put all the figures at the end or somewhere)? Like the Readability extension for text on the web, but for pdfs. Maybe a plugin for Adobe Acrobat? Linux or Windows, please. Thanks.
posted by bluefly on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 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

How to read TeX-works on my Kindle

Instapaper + Kindle is reading bliss. How do I extend this bliss to PDF documents with annoying formatting? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Oct 4, 2011 - 6 answers

PDF Conversion

I have been trying to convert PDFs downloaded from Google Books with GooReader3 to DOC files. The conversion programs tried gave files that are readable, but not editable, in Word. I can grab the text and move it around the page as a block. The PDFs seem to have been converted into some Word readable graphic. I have other PDF files that I use as controls. These control files can be edited in Word after conversion. I am trying to convert PDF files of public domain books from Google Books downloaded with GooReader3. I need to change the font size so they are readable on my Kindle. GooReader downloads are to only PDF files that behave as a Word readable graphic after conversion. What am I looking at here?
posted by Raybun on Oct 2, 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

When ampersands attack.

Help me extract text from a PDF of a Powerpoint presentation! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Sep 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Wrap a timeline around the edge

How can I turn a 28 page pdf of a timeline, into a border for a single page document? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Sep 9, 2011 - 2 answers

Ease my Prezi pains

I'm trying to turn PDFs made from presentations on the Prezi website (prezi.com) into text documents and am looking for a program to OCR them with. Since Prezi's PDFs come out rather odd with some text trailing off the edge that isn't pertinent to the current slide I need something that will allow me to make a selection box around the text I wish to OCR as opposed to auto OCR'ing the entire page. What Windows program should I be looking at?
posted by MeatyBean on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Saving xps files as pdf

I want to save documents as pdf files instead of xps files in using Windows 7 print utility. There's a plug in from Microsoft to do it in Office 2007 programs, but I want to do it with other programs, specifically accounting software. Anyone know a plug in to do this?
posted by Keith Talent on Aug 18, 2011 - 9 answers

Please enter your address for the 80th time.

I've an idea to take a group of industry standard PDF forms & build a website that allows you to enter your information once to populate all of the forms. The problem: how do I do that? [more inside]
posted by Apollo's Favorite Mistake on Aug 17, 2011 - 6 answers

How to disappear completely.

How do I make MS Word (2008, for Mac) actually remove the author information when I save a document as a pdf? I am submitting a paper for blind review but can't expunge the author info. [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Aug 15, 2011 - 12 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

Chrome prints image-only PDFs by default

Chrome is printing web pages as image-only PDF by default. Why? [more inside]
posted by megatherium on Aug 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Can I use the Xoom to edit pdfs using a stylus?

I want to read and mark-up ebooks and pdfs and word docs using a stylus but not be bound to Apple. Your experiences with the Xoom or other tablet? [more inside]
posted by WinterSolstice on Aug 8, 2011 - 12 answers

What's the best device for reading and annotating PDFs?

What's the best device for reading and annotating PDFs? I'm trying to decide between a tablet pc (maybe the Lenovo X220T), a netbook fitted with a PixelQi screen, an Entourage Edge, an OLPC, or some sort of e-reader. Any other suggestions, are of course, welcome. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Aug 1, 2011 - 14 answers

How to compile pdfcrack on a Mac?

Can you walk me through compiling this sourceforge source (pdfcrack) on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by sharkfu on Jul 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Convert Anything to PDF

PDF-filter: I'm running a website that allows users to upload files. I'm looking for a converter that would allow User B to view a files uploaded by User A, even if User B doesn't have the same software used to develop the file. My guess is converting everything (that's not a simple image) to PDF would work, but my Google-fu is failing me and I can't find a PHP script or Apache module that will do this. [more inside]
posted by GatorDavid on Jun 29, 2011 - 5 answers

Best iPad app for integration of handwritten annotations in a PDF?

Can I add handwritten annotations to PDFs on an iPad? [more inside]
posted by cahlers on Jun 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Image PDF with OCR - how, without Acrobat?

The full version of Adobe Acrobat has a way to OCR scanned images, so that the image is still viewed in the PDF, but you can search for text in the document. How do you do that without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on May 25, 2011 - 7 answers

Acrobat Plugin to open the Next/Previous File in a Folder?

Acrobat Plugin to open the Next/Previous File in a Folder? [more inside]
posted by millerizer on May 24, 2011 - 0 answers

Please encrypt my PDFs

I need help automatically encrypting PDFs in OSX [more inside]
posted by jcrbuzz on May 17, 2011 - 2 answers

Best method for posting my downloadable PDF

PDFilter: What's the best way to share my PDF online? [more inside]
posted by clever_username on May 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Scanning - how much?

I have been asked to provide a quote for digitizing a bunch of documents. What is the going rate for this type of work? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by archivist on May 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Scripting PDF printing in Windows XP?

How do I script PDF "printing" in Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai on Apr 28, 2011 - 6 answers

PDF in Firefox 4

What is your method for reading PDF files in Firefox 4? [more inside]
posted by vortex genie 2 on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

PowerPoint to PDF on iPad

How can I convert powpoint presentations (.ppt and .pptx) to PDF for editing on iPad 2? [more inside]
posted by cmchap on Apr 20, 2011 - 4 answers

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