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PDF Manipulation utility for unix?

UNIX experts: what's the best way to take a pdf file, cut out a few (non-sequential) pages, insert a few more pages from another pdf file, and end up with one new pdf file? [more inside]
posted by tractorfeed on Aug 11, 2008 - 6 answers

How to preview pdfs in Explorer?

How do I preview a PDF file in Windows Explorer (XP Professional) without opening it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Back to Black

Why do some links become blue when I convert a Word document to PDF? They are black in the Word document. [more inside]
posted by juva on Jul 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Where can I find a PDF to CHM converter for Windows?

Where can I find a PDF to CHM converter for Windows? [more inside]
posted by kaydo on Jul 7, 2008 - 4 answers

Make links in pdf files open in Firefox?

Why do links in pdf documents open in Explorer instead of Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Wet Spot on Jun 25, 2008 - 8 answers

Will Firefox 3.0 finally allow inline viewing of pdf's on an intel mac?

Yippee - Firefox 3.0 has landed. Will this solve the most glaring problem with Firefox 2.x - unlike native Mac app Safari, Firefox can't load pdf's inline. [more inside]
posted by ericbop on Jun 17, 2008 - 6 answers

How do I link a bunch of documents into a formatted binder of sorts?

How do I link a bunch of documents together into a binder which automatically updates when changes are made? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Jun 11, 2008 - 8 answers

Exporting vector graphics for large-format PDF printing

I have a vector-based image I have created in Inkscape. I will be printing it in a very large format - 3" x 4", - and my printer wants the image to be supplied as PDF. What do I need to do to export a PDF that will be of sufficient quality for printing? [more inside]
posted by Marquis on Jun 6, 2008 - 15 answers

Program to edit Djvu files

DjVu is a sort of alternate to PDF. What (free) programs are available for editing DjVu documents? I need to: add pages, extract pages, delete pages and resize entire work for printing.
posted by stbalbach on Jun 1, 2008 - 2 answers

Create PDF Letterhead Template

Hi, How do I create a PDF Letterhead Template? or in other words: Does any one how to print to a pdf letterhead template? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by cmherskovic on May 22, 2008 - 3 answers


I want to highlight and otherwise mark-up a PDF document in OSX. [more inside]
posted by Pants! on May 19, 2008 - 4 answers

publsher to pdf?

I am having trouble converting Microsoft Publisher files to PDF... [more inside]
posted by foxinthesnow on May 19, 2008 - 5 answers

Regaining Access to a Fairly Old Encrypted PDF?

Is there a way that I can access some very old PDF files that are encrypted with a password I cannot remember any longer? I have a system running Mac OS X (Leopard), and I do need to do the decryption myself. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on May 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Configured, Boiled Down Numbers Please

A good, modern, local website traffic stats solution? [more inside]
posted by rokusan on May 14, 2008 - 4 answers

How to print annotations on a PDF?

How to print annotations on a PDF? I have a PDF from a colleague, which has annotations in the margin. They seem to use the standard annotation mechanism and are visible in Adobe Reader and Apple Preview. But neither application will let me print the annotations inline with the document. How can I do this, on Mac, Linux or Windows?
posted by beniamino on May 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Where can I have a PDF printed as a poster?

I want to get a poster-sized art print of a PDF (all vector graphics). Since it seems like there are a thousand companies promising high quality prints online, I'd love to hear anybody's recommendations about who I should go to for this sort of job.
posted by eisenkr on May 12, 2008 - 3 answers

E-book reader that will handle fuzzy PDFs

Is there an e-book reader that comfortably displays PDFs made by scanning type (i.e., PDFs that are images and don't have plain text data)? [more inside]
posted by grobstein on May 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Conditional styles in a PDF?

Can I create a PDF that shows one footer when displayed on screen, but prints a (slightly) different one? [more inside]
posted by toxic on May 9, 2008 - 3 answers

What are the alternatives to pandoc

What are the alternatives to pandoc? I'm looking for tools that will allow me to maintain a large document in a simple plain text format such as markdown and compile it to PDF and HTML. [more inside]
posted by caek on Apr 30, 2008 - 6 answers

Link from excel cell to a specific PDF page?

Is there a way to create a link in an Excel spreadsheet to a specific page or destination in an external PDF file? I've read some tutorials that show how to do this in html documents but can't seem to figure out if it's possible in Excel. I'm using MS Excel 2000 and Adobe Acrobat 8.1.2 Professional. Thanks!
posted by bepe on Apr 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Going blue in the face over black

How to make InDesign export colours properly? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Apr 17, 2008 - 20 answers

Adobe and the inflexible acrobat

I have a few pdfs of tabular data that I would like to use in a spreadsheet and/or database. Acrobat Reader is not cooperating; it converts obvious tabs into spaces. Is there some way to get this data, properly formatted? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Apr 10, 2008 - 44 answers

pdf printer

Can anyone recommend somewhere in NYC that could make a frameable quality A1 print of the PDF on this page?
posted by Armitage Shanks on Apr 9, 2008 - 2 answers

PDF text import into OneNote

How can I import PDF files as editable text in Microsoft OneNote? [more inside]
posted by Pantalaimon on Apr 8, 2008 - 4 answers

PDF Migraine

Quickbooks Pro 2005, MS Outlook 2003, and an intermittent PDF e-mailing problem. The PDF's that are e-mailed often are blank when opened on the other end. Why? [more inside]
posted by snowjoe on Apr 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Making a dumb form smarter

I've been tasked with creating a fillable form for invoices at work. However, I need it to be dynamic/flexible, and I'm not sure how to do that. [more inside]
posted by O9scar on Mar 24, 2008 - 6 answers

Receive Fax's as PDF

I am looking for fax software that can receive faxes as a PDF file or other non proprietary file. Mac OS X or Windows would work. Anyone have any recommendations?
posted by tirebouchon on Mar 20, 2008 - 7 answers

Sort, OCR, export text from PDFs

I am in need of a server-side Linux or Unix-based software solution that will sort uploaded PDF files that can be PDF-native (that is, created in such a way that the text in the PDF is freely copyable), PDFs with embedded text over images (usually the result of a previous OCR job), and PDF-scanned, which are PDFs containing no text, only scanned images. The PDF-native files and PDFs with embedded text it will extract text from, the PDF-scanned files it will then OCR and export that text. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 17, 2008 - 4 answers

Convert pdf to mp3

Is there a conversion site that converts pdf to mp3? If not, is there freeware that does it? [more inside]
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 22, 2008 - 11 answers

Terms and Conditions. PDF OK?

Terms and conditions for purchase on website - PDF ok? [more inside]
posted by Blue Buddha on Feb 11, 2008 - 9 answers

Making blurry PDFs look better

How can I make blurry PDFs (that use type 3 raster fonts) look better on screen? [more inside]
posted by advil on Feb 10, 2008 - 6 answers

My computer is a .pdf’ing mess!

Help! My laptop is a nightmare of unorganized .pdfs, and if I have to create any more staggered files I might just lose my mind. Is there a program specifically designed to help me manage this deluge of information? [more inside]
posted by numinous on Feb 7, 2008 - 31 answers

Can't I tab through radio buttons?

Building a PDF form. Radio buttons getting skipped when tabbing through fields. [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Feb 6, 2008 - 4 answers

Is there a way to upload a pdf file to Vox, or a workaround to get content displayed in relatively the same format, or should I just give it up?

I have been trying to find a way to upload a pdf file (16 MB - a book with photos and text) to Vox for quite a while and I think I have finally come to the realization that it probably just won't work. Is this a losing battle from which I should bow out gracefully or might there be an alternate route?
posted by missregina on Feb 5, 2008 - 7 answers

I want to download all files from a page, but there's a catch

How can I download a bunch of .pdfs from a webpage all at once? The page I'm looking at is a list of .pdfs available (for a class I'm in - course materials), with a link to download each .pdf file. I've tried using the Firefox extension downthemall, but there's a catch - the links I click to download the .pdfs individually are javascript popups that look like this: javascriptf:pop('docs/12004/andes_vegetation.pdf','yes',",",'12004'); Is there a way to grab all of these at once, or am I doomed to clicking each and every link to open a new window, save as, etc.?
posted by entropic on Feb 1, 2008 - 9 answers

Best Windows TIFF combiner?

What is the best Windows TIFF combiner? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Jan 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Stupidly Simple Recipe Management

What's a good, idiot-proof way for my mom to scan and manage her old recipes on her iMac? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jan 20, 2008 - 15 answers

How can I see pages side-by-side in Acrobat 8?

How can I open multiple pages at once in Acrobat, so I can see them side-by-side? [more inside]
posted by penciltopper on Jan 14, 2008 - 3 answers

How can I insert text into an existing PDF using Ghostscript?

How can I insert text into an existing PDF using Ghostscript? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Dec 21, 2007 - 3 answers

How do I create a table of contents for a PDF file that is composed of a variety of different source documents?

How do I create a table of contents for a PDF file that is composed of a variety of different source documents? Open source/free software or methods are best. [more inside]
posted by procrastination on Dec 20, 2007 - 5 answers

Help! My printed PDF pages are so small that they’re ruining my vision!

Using Preview for PDFs, what can I do to maximize the size of the text as they appear on printouts? [more inside]
posted by numinous on Dec 7, 2007 - 17 answers

How do I remove an identical password from hundreds of protected PDFs?

Is there anyway to remove the same password (which I have) from multiple PDFs at once? [more inside]
posted by codswallop on Nov 27, 2007 - 6 answers

trimming pdf's?

Without "pro" software, how can I trim pages from large pdf files? [more inside]
posted by washburn on Oct 24, 2007 - 7 answers

PDF batch editing

PDF editing - batch processing on a large number of pages? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Oct 24, 2007 - 7 answers

Need magic to convert PDF to Excel

OCRfilter: any software that will take a PDF and convert it to Excel? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on Oct 23, 2007 - 9 answers

I need recommendations for a good scanner.

I need recommendations for a scanner that will scan documents into black-and-white PDF files in a quick, clear and crisp fashion. I am also interested in hearing of any brands to avoid. [more inside]
posted by invisible ink on Oct 19, 2007 - 8 answers

excel, doc, html, txt To pdf Batch Converter

I am looking for a server-side application, which will convert Excel documents (separate books or entire documents) along with html files, txt files, and doc files. The application will need to be able to watch folders "HotFolders" and batch convert automatically. I have done a good bit of searching and have not found anything that will work so far. If this was not an application, but was a .dll file this will work as well. Thanks.
posted by utch on Oct 18, 2007 - 4 answers

How do I make Acrobat show nonprinting characters?

Adobe Acrobat question: Is it possible to show nonprinting (invisible, hidden) characters? How? [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Oct 17, 2007 - 3 answers

Documents without borders?

How do I make a PDF print without borders? [more inside]
posted by special-k on Oct 16, 2007 - 7 answers

Foxit, Firefox and PDF opening issues

Why do some PDF's open in Acrobat instead of Foxit when using Firefox, even when Foxit is the default reader? [more inside]
posted by Nugget on Oct 15, 2007 - 3 answers

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