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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

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

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