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Metadata best practice for new department names

metadata metafilter ! How to correctly keep updated metadata in our documents at work after departments change their names? [more inside]
posted by alchemist on Nov 24, 2008 - 4 answers

Yes book does mean TeX

How should one present books online? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on Nov 13, 2008 - 6 answers

I'm looking for this Dadaist poster I saw awhile ago.

I'm looking for this Dadaist poster I saw awhile ago. [more inside]
posted by parkbench on Nov 7, 2008 - 2 answers

Numbering Documents in a PDF

I have several Word and PDF documents that I want to combine into a single PDF using Adobe Acrobat Professional 8. Is it possible to label each document with a different number? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Oct 27, 2008 - 4 answers

Virtual scissors and tape: Page assembly?

I want software to split, combine, tile, and imposition pages (produced by different apps) before sending the job to the printer. Can I do this without spending megabucks on Acrobat or learning to read and write PostScript by hand? [more inside]
posted by Myself on Oct 26, 2008 - 6 answers

High-Detail GDSII to EPS/PDF?

FileFormatFilter: Asking for a (not terribly computer-proficient) labmate in need. He uses flexible photomasks, printed on some kind of transparency. He has a company that will do this. He also has a layout, currently in CIF and GDSII format, with a very fine grid of dots. The company only accepts EPS or PDF. How can I accomplish this while A> maintaining a reasonable file size and B> maintaining the detail? [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Oct 22, 2008 - 5 answers

Free software to write on PDFs with my tablet?

PDF editing software for Mac to use with my Wacom tablet? [more inside]
posted by jk252b on Oct 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Resources for programming highly formatted documents?

Is there a solution for producing highly formatted documents programmatically, that is an alternative to ReportLab? [more inside]
posted by Pontifex on Oct 18, 2008 - 10 answers

Got PDF conversion?

SolutionFilter: Server-side dynamic HTML to PDF conversion - any tips? [more inside]
posted by freya_lamb on Oct 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Can a Canon PIXMA MP610 do the same thing as a Fujitsu ScanSnap s510?

My wife just won a Canon PIXMA MP610 printer/scanner. (We have not received it yet.) Can this machine do the paper-digitizing magic of a Fujitsu ScanSnap s510 scanner? Perhaps with additional software? If not, exactly what is it we'd be missing?
posted by winston on Oct 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Why won't a PDF's form fields print?

I have a PDF form that I modified from an existing PDF form, adding a new page and a few new fields. The new fields I added are visible on the screen but not visible when I print the form. Other parts of the form work fine, it is only 4 text fields I added. Other checkboxes work and show up fine. I am fairly inexperienced with editing PDFs and using LiveCycle Designer (I have version 7) and can't figure out what the heck I'm missing and I can't extract anything from the help guide.
posted by Ikazuchi on Oct 14, 2008 - 3 answers

Preview isn't previewing pdfs properly

I'm having trouble viewing pdfs using Preview on my Mac (OS 10.4.11). Parts of the document don't show up. I usually have to close the file and reopen it several times before the entire document renders properly. Has anyone else had this problem, and were you able to fix it? And, if so, how? [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Oct 9, 2008 - 6 answers

Picture a Venn diagram with 3 circles: LaTeX, Emacs, Mac. I'd like to live in the intersection.

Mac users who write LaTeX documents in Emacs (with or without AucTeX), please tell me about your workflow. [more inside]
posted by gleuschk on Oct 4, 2008 - 10 answers

iPod Touch as a PDA

Can I save files (specifically pdfs) on an ipod touch? [more inside]
posted by deliquescent on Oct 2, 2008 - 15 answers

insert page break into screen capture?

Printer filter: a Snagit screen capture of a web page yields an 8.5 x 22" (96dpi) document in Photoshop 7. What can I easily do (short of using Photoshop to break the one document into two 8.5 x 11" documents) in order to print it out as a two page document, thus keeping the same width? Photoshop, Snagit, and Windows Picture Viewer all want to print it all out on a single 8.5 x 11" page by shrinking the width and length, which makes the content nearly unreadable. Converting it to a PDF document yields the same result. So, what's a quick and easy way of inserting a page break where I want it into a screen capture (JPG or PNG format)? OS: Windows XP
posted by bbranden1 on Sep 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Portable pdf reading - what's the way to go?

What would you recommend for a compact device that reads pdfs? I've recently started train commuting and have 30 minutes on a regular basis to read. There are quite a few large pdfs that I read. I've been using a PSP but it doesn't work well. I'm currently looking at an ipod touch, eee PC, Aspire One, Nokia n800 and would consider anything else that people recommend. ( more inside ) [more inside]
posted by sien on Sep 28, 2008 - 35 answers

Pushing the limits of PDFs. First, what are they?

When it comes to document interactivity, what are PDF files really capable of? Which features are best for creating dynamic displays of information? What are some of the best examples you've seen of interactive PDFs? [more inside]
posted by ElfWord on Sep 27, 2008 - 10 answers

QuickTime? Flash? Who's talking about it?

Videos in pdfs: Stick with QuickTime, or switch to Flash? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Sep 27, 2008 - 1 answer

PDFs to thumbnails

I have an ordering centre for books and other written materials. I have PDFs of the books, but I don't have images of the covers. I want to make thumbnails of the covers to help people recognise the item they are looking for. How can I generate thumbnails from the first page of the PDFs? [more inside]
posted by heatherann on Sep 11, 2008 - 6 answers

Another Vista workaround, please. How to create PDFs.

How can I view AND create PDFs without Acrobat? [more inside]
posted by FlyByDay on Aug 28, 2008 - 23 answers

PDF = Pretty Damn Funky

How can I convert a Word document to a pdf while keeping the margins the same width? We are working on a 5 MB Word document, created with Word 2003 on a PC running Windows XP. The margins must be 1 inch wide. When we convert it to pdf, the right hand margin becomes 1.25 inches wide, and random phrases become boldface. We've tried Acrobat 8 and a freeware converter (dopdf).
posted by lukemeister on Aug 28, 2008 - 16 answers

Fonts-be-gone (from my PDF)!

Why are there 20 Mb of embedded fonts in my PDF and how can I make them go away? [more inside]
posted by heresiarch on Aug 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Extract Text and Images From a PDF

I'd like to extract the text and images from a multi-page pdf to use on the web. [more inside]
posted by backwards guitar on Aug 28, 2008 - 2 answers

Revision/version control software for stuff that isn't source code...

Is there such a thing as version/revision control software for printed documents? Software developers have version control for their source code, but what about people who write sales brochures? [more inside]
posted by Chunder on Aug 22, 2008 - 12 answers

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

markup!

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

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