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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
I'm looking for a "flipping page" online catalog viewer for print catalogs. Hoping to find something that will work for iPad, iPhone and Android. Ideally I'd like something self-hosted, but that is not a deal breaker. The ability to add image map-like links to URLs is needed. The source file is a PDF built in InDesign.
posted by letitrain
on Apr 11, 2011 -
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
posted by HLD
on Apr 7, 2011 -
Looking to 'collect' NCAA Men's Basketball printable blank "brackets". Help me find some links/resources? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum
on Apr 4, 2011 -
I'm in the UK, and will be giving a pre-recorded video conference presentation remotely next month in the US. What is the deliverable I should be aiming for (YouTube link, QuickTime video, PDF with MP3, something else?) and what is the easiest, most hassle-free way of creating and delivering it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Mar 26, 2011 -
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 -
How does one create a paper form/survey that can be scanned and have the info mapped to separate data sets? [more inside]
posted by lukeklein
on Mar 23, 2011 -
New network scanner/copier. Scanned files (PDF) are 4x larger than old model for same settings. What? Why? [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Mar 23, 2011 -
How do I make a PDF file of several photos that will show the names of each photo. On a Mac. Preferably, just using the MacOS' Preview application. [more inside]
posted by NatProp
on Mar 22, 2011 -
I work in a school and have made a number of resources of my own for my classes and my department. I would like to upload these to the school's website but I wanted to have them as PDF files where the content was not copyable.
I am currently running Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, and Adobe Reader X. I also have the Serif X3 Applications package installed on my machine.
Is what I want achievable with the software I currently have or should I forget the idea?
posted by ndaguiar
on Mar 16, 2011 -
What is the best electronic device to view a PDF outside of a computer? I have a crapload of PDFs and am tired of reading them on my laptop. I'm thinking of getting an ebook reader or maybe a tablet? Are any ebook readers good at PDFs? Most of the PDFs are mostly text. But some have some maps and tables and what not.
posted by nooneyouknow
on Mar 9, 2011 -
I need a PDF form. Employees will go into the field with this form loaded onto a tablet PC and fill out the form for constituents who will then sign it with their actual signature. The form itself is trivial, but how can we do the signature? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt
on Mar 3, 2011 -
Help me choose the right software to create simple, multi-page PDFs that include diagrams and maps. [more inside]
posted by dowcrag
on Jan 27, 2011 -
iWork question: When exporting my document to PDF in Pages '09, the resulting text quality is really poor for the regions that are set in 8pt Helvetica Neue. If I do a Print->Save as Postscript, then open that in Finder and save as PDF, the quality is fine. Is there any way to get Pages to just do this properly? [more inside]
posted by krunk
on Jan 25, 2011 -
What's a good, user-friendly, free pdf reader that lets one add annotations
, for Window's 7?
posted by Tsuga
on Jan 18, 2011 -