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Scientific reading on iPad?

How feasible is it to read a ton of .pdfs on the iPad? Can I save some trees and save my spine? [more inside]
posted by solipsophistocracy on Jun 13, 2010 - 21 answers

HTML printing problem

Can you help me with this HTML print-sizing problem? I have a 3x5 index card created in Word. When I convert it to PDF, it prints out full size, as in Word. But when I convert to HTML, either from Word or from the PDF, and then print the HTML page, it scales down. Is there a way to make it print full-size in HTML?
posted by markcmyers on Jun 4, 2010 - 8 answers

Why won't Acrobat/Distiller save my file?

Adobe Acrobat/Distiller query: I choose Adobe PDF 9.0 from the print dialog of Word 2008 on my Mac, and choose PDF/X-1a:2001 from the PDF Options. I click Print, am asked for a filename/location, the printing queue window opens, but NO FILE IS SAVED! What am I doing wrong? If I try and open the Word doc from within Acrobat, to output it there, it tells me it can't be outputted as a PDF/X-1a file.
posted by humblepigeon on May 31, 2010 - 12 answers

Even my scans are odd

Is there a free or cheap tool that will allow me to combine two pdf files, one of which is a scan of the even numbered pages of a document, and the other being a scan of the odd numbered pages? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield on May 16, 2010 - 9 answers

PDF Filter: How can I split a 100 page PDF document, where each PDF page has two book pages, into a 200 page PDF document?

I have many scans of books in PDF format. The problem is that each PDF page has two side-by-side book pages and I want to optimize them for reading on a kindle. Because the scans are pretty regular, I am hoping it would be easy to automate the slicing of one page into two and then recompiling the halfpages into a single document. Does anyone know of any open source programs to do this? Perhaps a python library? A feature of Adobe Acrobat?
posted by refractal on May 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Is it possible to track where a PDF file goes once in the wild?

How easy or possible is it to track when/where a PDF file is transmitted or opened once it goes out into the wild? [more inside]
posted by MuffinMan on May 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Is there an easy, automated way to receive PDF's of financial statements (bank statement, credit card bill, etc)?

Is there an easy, automated way to receive PDF's of financial statements (bank statement, credit card bill, etc)? [more inside]
posted by stilly on May 6, 2010 - 6 answers

21st Century Programming

How can I get a PDF to do this on my webpage? [more inside]
posted by whimsicalnymph on Apr 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Android PDF reader: fast, offline, small - pick two

I'm looking for a good offline pdf reader for android (specifically, the G1 running 1.5) [more inside]
posted by yggdrasil on Apr 27, 2010 - 3 answers

Open sesame!

Calling all ascended computer masters: why won't Foxit open my PDFs? [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Apr 22, 2010 - 18 answers

Tiled PDF viewer?

Is there a PDF reader that can display pages tiled across the screen, rather than only 2 across? I have a heavily-illustrated 1,000+ page document that I am browsing, and it would be much easier with a tiled view.
posted by tnygard on Apr 17, 2010 - 4 answers


Software to organize lots of pdf's? [more inside]
posted by coffeefilter on Apr 12, 2010 - 11 answers

Is there a way to copy text out of a pdf without it starting a new paragraph at the end of each line of text?

Is there a way to copy text out of a pdf and paste it into a word document without word starting a new paragraph at the end of each line of text? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Apr 11, 2010 - 4 answers

How to print PDF from ASP on a tightly-managed network.

Looking for a free PDF creator/library that works from ASP for a very picky client. [more inside]
posted by mystyk on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How to rotate alternating pages by non-90-degree-multiple amounts?

I have a PDF (hundreds of pages) that was scanned from a book. All the odd pages are tilted about 6 degrees left, all the even pages, 6 degrees right. How can I fix this, preferably with free software? A command line solution would be ideal.
posted by dmd on Mar 26, 2010 - 7 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

Looking for an unlocked copy of the 911 commission report

I'm looking for a pdf file of the 911 commission report that is unlocked so I can copy and paste the text into other applications. [more inside]
posted by craniac on Mar 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Pdf to text conversion

What is the best way of converting .pdf to .doc or .txt? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Mar 2, 2010 - 10 answers

I need some information on marking up documents on my computer

I need some information on marking up documents on my computer [more inside]
posted by abbat on Mar 1, 2010 - 12 answers

Hack my Minnesota PDF tax form?

2009 online PDF tax forms for the State of Minnesota only let you print, not save, once you have filled them in. Is there a work around so I can retain an electronic record of my taxes? [more inside]
posted by werkzeuger on Feb 26, 2010 - 14 answers

pdf writer which "does" links

I need a pdf writer which is non bloatware and into which I can put links. (Windows XP) [more inside]
posted by adamvasco on Feb 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Making text anchors within a PDF to another part of the PDF?

On the first page of a PDF, there are references to pages included at the end of the document. I'm sure there is a way to make a link on the first page that will take you to another page in the PDF but I can't flippin' figure it out. I'm ripping my hair out.
posted by Foam Pants on Feb 24, 2010 - 4 answers

Recommend a vector-based EAN-13 barcode font

Are there any vector-based barcode fonts? If not, can you recommend software for creating such a font? [more inside]
posted by Ritchie on Feb 17, 2010 - 6 answers

PDF page to an image, why is this so hard?

How would I go about recreating the document display functionality of Google Books / Safari Books online? I was expecting to be able to take a PDF source and serve each page as a PNG to the browser. This appears not easy to do? It seems like a simple thing to do, but I'm running into a bunch of brick walls. [more inside]
posted by geoff. on Feb 16, 2010 - 9 answers

looking for large-format ereader with annotation, ideally cheap without wireless

looking into large format ereader for academic pdfs - a-la kindle dx (but I'd like to annotate, and cheaper would be cool) [more inside]
posted by lrodman on Feb 16, 2010 - 5 answers

How to convert Acrobat Sticky Notes OR Powerpoint presentation Notes?

How to either convert Adobe Acrobat Pro 9 pdf Sticky Notes to text boxes OR to convert Powerpoint presentation notes to new slides? [more inside]
posted by irv4oh on Feb 11, 2010 - 1 answer

Anyone have a free program to unsecure pdf files?

Anyone have a free program to unsecure pdf files? [more inside]
posted by AZNsupermarket on Feb 10, 2010 - 5 answers

Acrobat has jumbled my pdfs!

I need to read a series of pdfs tonight - the trouble is, the resolution on them is messed up so as to be nearly illegible. Reading all of these will surely make my eyeballs shrivel up & fall out. With only access to Acrobat Reader, is there anything I can do to increase the readability of these pdfs - a way to change from color to b&w, increase the sharpness - anything? [more inside]
posted by AthenaPolias on Feb 9, 2010 - 15 answers

I've got the PDF, but I can't get to the Geo...

Can anyone recommend a GeoPDF toolbar that can be used on a mac? [more inside]
posted by motherly corn on Feb 9, 2010 - 1 answer

A modular new media portfolio.

I've decided to finally get create a portfolio modular enough so that I'll be able to reuse parts of it for at least a year or so. But how ought I go about this so as not to waste time. [more inside]
posted by monocultured on Feb 7, 2010 - 5 answers

Duplex Duplicity

How can I pull or modify a series of records into a PDF report from SQL Server Reporting Services to make them print with proper duplexing? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism on Feb 4, 2010 - 1 answer

Help my nook read continuous text from PDFs

Can I customize PDFs so my nook e-reader doesn't display a break between "pages"? [more inside]
posted by ollyolly on Feb 2, 2010 - 6 answers

ASP .NET based CMS versus Drupal

Trying to make the case against Drupal and find a ASP .NET CMS solution. [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Jan 29, 2010 - 20 answers

Export Google Desktop Cache to PDF?

Is there a way to export my Google Desktop cache of webpages into PDF or plain text files? I frequently update my computer and although I include my Google Desktop indexes in my backups, for all practical purposes the browsing history is lost since there is no method to import a Google Desktop Index (You can restore an entire backup, but not import one into another). I'd like to be able to keep a PDF or plain text history of every web page I've visited. I've installed the PDFCreator toolbar, which allows one-click saving of a webpage, so I can save my history from here on, but I'd love to reach back in time and resurrect my browsing history stored in the Google Desktop Index.
posted by PigAlien on Jan 27, 2010 - 2 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

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document?

How do I remove the password protection on a pdf document? [more inside]
posted by sour cream on Jan 20, 2010 - 13 answers

Handling pdfs in Google docs

Is there a way to seamlessly add a .pdf opened in Quick View (from a Google search result) to my Google docs? (Or even to save one to docs from the main search page?) [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jan 13, 2010 - 2 answers

How do I dynamically render a hyperlink within PDF from an HTML 'a' tag?

Is there an easier way to dynamically generate a hyperlink in PDF from the HTML 'a' tag within a database text field? [more inside]
posted by joecacti on Jan 8, 2010 - 0 answers

Delicious for pdfs?

How can I organize offline pdfs on windows so that they're easy to find offline using a standard browser? In a perfect world, it would be like delicious, but for pdfs. Tags, sortable by tags, compact display. Endnote and Wordpress are the available tools. [more inside]
posted by furious on Dec 20, 2009 - 9 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

Numerous .txt to PDF (best options)

What's the best way to make a PDF of a bunch of plain text files? [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen on Dec 6, 2009 - 11 answers

US Kindle 2 in Europe

In January, I'm leaving the US for Europe, where I'll be for the next six months, if not more. I want to buy an E-reader, so I can continue to read books in English, and also to save myself from lugging books back and forth. Given the circumstances, seems to me the best choice is to buy a Kindle 2 right now. Am I right? [more inside]
posted by Busoni on Nov 27, 2009 - 11 answers

Help me get my European drivers license.

Looking for a Citro├źn C3 drivers manual. [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Nov 22, 2009 - 1 answer

How can I replace embedded PDF fonts?

How can I replace embedded fonts in a PDF with "normal-looking" versions? I have a textbook I received from my professor for a class, and the text is incredibly hard to read. [more inside]
posted by lwf on Nov 16, 2009 - 8 answers

How to make the NDSlite display PDFs

Google-fu failed, has anyone found a PDF reader for the NDSlite for use with an R4 card? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Nov 4, 2009 - 5 answers

Problems saving web pages to PDF in Firefox

When I try to print certain web pages to PDF in Firefox, chunks of text go missing. Why? [more inside]
posted by game warden to the events rhino on Nov 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Free/Open Source Scan-to-PDF Software?

What's the best free or open source software (for Windows XP) which will scan multiple pages in a row and output a PDF with zero fuss? [more inside]
posted by cowbellemoo on Nov 3, 2009 - 3 answers

Why are my PDFs becoming heavyweights?

Why do minor changes to a PDF in Photoshop CS3 radically increase the file size (from 200k to 6.5MB)? [more inside]
posted by steeb2er on Oct 23, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I Live Trace the images in a PDF in Illus CS3?

How do I Live Trace the images in a PDF in Illustrator CS3? [more inside]
posted by cobra_high_tigers on Oct 18, 2009 - 10 answers

Is there any way to deal with corrupt pages in non-OCR'd PDF files that occur after copying?

Is there any way to deal with corrupt pages in non-OCR'd PDF files that occur after copying? [more inside]
posted by mjklin on Oct 15, 2009 - 2 answers

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