Portable Document Format (PDF) is an open standard for document exchange.

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How to Edit PDFs?

I typically have two needs: Scenario A. Change a single PDF page. In this case I have a PDF but not the original source file used to create the PDF. I don't want to try to recreate the document from ...
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Clicking links in pdfs opened with Okular opens Abiword (instead of the default browser)

I work with Xubuntu 12.04 and use Okular (version 0.14.3) to view pdf files. If I click a web link in a pdf file (created with "pdflatex" using the "hyperref" package), "Abiword" (It's a ...
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How do I convert a PNG to PDF with only the default packages on 11.10?

Openning a png file in ubuntu, I can see the menu item for 'print to file'. How can I do the same on shell? PS: I prefer installing no extra package, due to lack of root access. EDIT: the operating ...
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How do I prevent Adobe's pdf reader from opening a pdf within firefox?

I've installed adobe's pdf reader. However, now when I download a pdf using firefox, often adobe's reader loads the pdf in a firefox reader. How do I set the default behaviour to storing the pdf, ...
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Merge Multiple Documents and Convert to One Pdf in LibreOffice from Terminal

In my Ubuntu Server 12.04, I am converting all .docx files under a directory to .pdf files with this command: libreoffice -headless -convert-to pdf:writer_pdf_Export *.docx Can I merge multiple ...
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Cannot add additional toolbar buttons in Acrobat reader

I cannot add additional toolbar buttons in Acrobat reader, it says "only available when document rights are enabled" (see the screen-shot bellow). I cannot highlight texts in pdf documents. I have ...
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Adding OCR info to a PDF

I have a good quality scan of a document; such scan is in pdf format. How can I add ocr information to the pdf, so that it becomes searchable? By searchable I mean that the goal is that when viewing ...
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How do I digitally sign a PDF?

I have already acquired a S/MIME certificate (a .p12 file) issued by an authority. Using it in Writer, I can digitally sign documents by following this procedure : How do I make a digital certificate ...
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LibreOffice PDF exporting issue - transparent objects

When I export my presentation to PDF the first slide, whose master slide has a white and transparent field turns black and transparent. Anybody has an idea what is going on?
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Remove only 1st page from a LOT of pdf files

That's all I have to do: remove only 1st page from a LOT of pdf files... Please tell me that magic exists.
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Has anyone achieved to embed an interactive 3D model into a PDF with Ubuntu?

I've stumbled upon some 3D models embedded in a PDF, e.g. http://cic.nist.gov/vrml/cis/DesignData3.pdf However, with the recent adobe reader I am able to watch such PDFs and also view interactively at ...
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More Print to file settings?

The settings in print to file option in Ubuntu is limiting and dangerous. All the applications apart from Mozilla print to a file ~/output.pdf, this is dangerous as you can overwrite a previous ...
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pdf does not open

when i create a pdf file from calc (libre office 3.5.3.2) i cannot open that file (with evince 3.4.0 or other pdf viewer) this when the calc file comes from a different computer (ubuntu 12.04 - ...
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PDF reader with Highlighting support and save the file [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I highlight PDFs? I am missing the feature of Highlighting the PDF file directly from reader and saving the changes in the file. This is a feature of Adobe ...
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read pdf document properties from terminal as seen in nautilus

From the terminal I would like to be access the data that is readable when right clicking on a pdf file and selecting "document". example I have tried reading metadata with tools such as mminfo and ...
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How to save files in pdf format?

Lately I have been having trouble with my Libre Office ap. I appears that it doesn't have anymore the Save to PDF command. Do you guys know any way around this problem? I looked around for converters ...
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Split landscape PDF into portrait pages

I am given a couple PDF files which are created using LaTeX in a landscape format. On my 24" monitor, I can comfortably read them full screen, but it is a pain to use when the windows is smaller, like ...
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What is the easiest way to rearrange pages in a PDF document?

Mac's Preview can be used to rearange pages in a PDF document by simply drag-and-dropping the pages around in the side panel. Is there any equivalent tool for Ubuntu? I have noticed, that the Document ...
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How do I change the color and font of PDF comments in Evince?

Evince now handles comments written in other pdf markup software (e.g. Adobe), which is very nice. Unfortunately, it chooses a yellow font on a white background that is almost impossible to read ...
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How to stop Nautilus from creating thumbnails of specific file types?

I'm trying to stop Nautilus from creating thumbnails of PDF files. In another thread on 'Ubuntu forums' someone said to open gconf-editor and disable the PDF entry in the '/desktop/gnome/thumbnailers' ...
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firefox shows only blank screen when opening new pdf

I use ubuntu 12.04 with firefox and adobe pdf plugin. Since ubuntu 11.04 upto 12.04 i have the problem that i can open only one pdf file in the browser. After closing the pdf, firefox only shows a ...
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How to make embedded videos work in PDFs created by LaTeX? [closed]

I am on Ubuntu 10.04 32-bit and using Adobe Reader 9. I am using LaTeX Beamer to create my slideshow. In Windows and MacOS I can open and play the embedded video in Adobe Reader. But I simply can't ...
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Why can I not install the latest version of gscan2pdf?

I installed gscan2pdf 0.9.? something from the Software Center. It has bugs in it that will not allow me to import a pdf with images without gscan only importing the images and ignoring the text. I ...
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How to show Arabic properly in PDF files?

I have some PDF files in Arabic, They work fine on windows. however not on Ubuntu 12.04. In System Settings ▸ Language support I did install Arabic. I also tried other PDF programs but I just get ...
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Flattening PDF transparency

I have a PDF, made with Inkscape, that uses transparent colors. This image shall be used in a LaTeX document. While preserving the transparency is nice for editing, it can be a problem for printing. ...
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How do I simulate overprinting in Adobe Reader?

On both Mac and Windows when I print a document there is an advanced screen that allows me to select an option called Simulate Overprinting, however such an option doesn't appear on the Ubuntu ...
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Command line tool to crop PDF files

I am looking for an open source command line tool to crop PDF file just like we can do in Adobe Acrobat Pro. I have tried PdfTk, ImageMagick, PyPDF, and GhostScript—all with no success so far.
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Printer “ripping” forever (network printer)

Since I installed Ubuntu 11.10, printing is a disaster. I did not have the problem with Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04), but maybe it just comes from the fact that someone else had installed it for me, and ...
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Open file using custom command: how to specify the file in cmd line?

I want to open PDF using PDF-XChange Viewer through WINE. How should I specify the pdf file name in the "custom command" line so that I can open a PDF file using PDF-XChange Viewer by double clicking ...
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I cannot save or print PDF/PS output when I create a document in Lyx

I installed Lyx (Processor) from the Ubuntu Software centre (Precise). It allows me to create and save Lyx documents but only allows me to view the PDF/PS rendition. Is there an additional package ...
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Can Firefox open (embedded) PDF's without starting Okular?

How can I make Firefox on Kubuntu to open PDF in its embedded PDF viewer, like it does on Windows? Currently it opens PDF's in Okular. Some websites (with embedded PDF's) malfunction because of this ...
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Does Evince (Document Viewer) have a plug-in system?

Does it have API? If not, whats the simplest PDF viewer that does? What I do want to create: Maybe annotations (which could be shared via an external file) or creating hyper links to Wikipedia. That ...
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How do I mange image placement in Lyx?

I am new to Lyx and used the tutorial but i have never used LaTex before and I am struggling with Image placement when creating documents. Specifically do the images have to be of a certain quality, ...
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How to copy from a pdf to another pdf in ubuntu/linux

So Preview for Mac OS X has this capability. I want to be able to just highlight whatever on a pdf, and be able to copy and paste immediately into another pdf file (via the clipboard). I do a lot in ...
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How do I open PDF files in kword?

I have read in many places that kword can open pdf and save it in doc format ! but on ubuntu 11.10 I can not open pdf using kword as it does not showing pdf as supported files ?!!! I want a pdf to ...
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PDF reader that supports bookmarks?

Is there a PDF reader that supports bookmarks? I'm reading a book and it would be great to bookmark where I left off. I can't seem to find a PDF reader that does this very simple thing.
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Change default 'Print to File' settings

How can I change the default settings for 'Print to File' in the Print dialogue? I would like to change the default save location from ~/ to ~/Desktop. p.s. I do not want to have to use cups-pdf
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command line tool to bulk extract images from a pdf?

I have a pdf catalog that was given to me from a client in pdf format. They don't have the images but they're in the pdf. Is there a way to extract all images from a pdf using a command line tool ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 Adobe PDF 9 not associated correctly

I have had problems associated Adobe PDF reader in Ubuntu for a long time. Any time I have needed to open a PDF for example in firefox or a downloaded PDF i have to manually open the file after ...
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convert ps to pdf

How do I convert *.ps file to a .pdf file? I tried several links given by google search, but either solution is really old and does not work for latest versions of ps and pdf files, or they do not ...
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Exporting Markdown + CSS to PDF

I'm in need of an application that can do something like Marked for OS X does. The function I need is a bit more specific: I want the app to export Markdown to PDF, but using CSS - I've achieved this ...
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How to batch convert .doc or .docx to .pdf

What is needed to batch convert a set of .doc or .docx files to .pdf in terminal, not using a GUI. Should this be done using a single file versus a group. I would also like to maintain as much ...
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How can I reduce the file size of a scanned PDF file?

I have a 72.9MB PDF file that I need to shrink into under 500KB. The file was a JPEG image that I had scanned, and then converted to pdf.
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Getting the “Created” timestamp of a PDF file in the CLI

I'd like to know if there's a CLI command to get the "Created" timestamp from the "Document" tab (from file properties of a PDF) in the CLI? I know that I can use stat to get Access/Modified/Changed ...
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How can I annotate PDFs so notes are compatible with Adobe Reader for Win/OSX?

I am looking for a tool which allows me to annotate PDFs in Ubuntu and share the PDFs with annotations with people who use OSX or Windows. I cannot assume that the others can or will install special ...
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How To Set Up Orca Screen Reader?

I'm helping a friend of mine set up an Ubuntu environment for school, but he requires special software that reads things out loud because of his dyslexia. Now, I immediately knew that Orca should do ...
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Evince crashes for a specific pdf file [closed]

I'm using fedora (64 bit), but I guess this might be relevant here too. If not, I'd be happy if anyone could direct me the appropriate forum/bug reporting site. I have a pdf file that I created, ...
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How to use adobe's pdf reader on chrome

I want to disable the pdf plugin built into Google Chrome, and use the official one by adobe. I was able to disable the built in plugin, I don't know where to get the alternative plugin. Where can I ...
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How can I uninstall adobe acroread?

I want to uninstall acroread that I downloaded from adobe's website and installed. How can I do that?
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Web capture like adobe acrobat pro?

I'm looking for something Ubuntu that compares to web-capture in adobe acrobat pro. It's a feature that asks for a url, whether to follow links, and if so how many levels to follow. It then goes to ...