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Remove text information from a PDF?

I printed a recent credit card statement straight to PDF and used PDFEdit to black out (highlight in black) the information I'd prefer not to share with the party I need to send this to. Now I can't ...
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How can I determine the page count of odt, doc, docx and other office documents from the CLI?

It's easy to find the page count of a PDF document from the command line: pdfinfo sample.pdf | grep ^Pages: ... but I haven't been able to find a similar method for odt files and other office ...
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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 to copy files from remote server to local machine?

I use ssh mylogin@server to connect to a remote server... I am wondering how to copy the whole files from there to my local machine... One reason to do this, is that, I could not compile a latex file ...
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PDF file renaming according to metadata?

Is there something I can use that renames PDF files according to their content? Basically an equivalent of http://macscripter.net/viewtopic.php?id=27620 in Ubuntu.
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How to search pdf files by their metadata

I have a lot of pdf files with metadata like title, subject, author and so on. But neither nautilus nor synapse nor gnome-do can find any files by their metadata. Is there any program or plugin to ...
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How can I get smooth fonts in LyX?

I opened the introduction in LyX and used Ctrl+R to view it in evince. The fonts appear nice and smooth. If I copy and paste the first couple of paragraphs into a new document and render that, the ...
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How do I set a wine program (ex. Foxit Reader for Windows) as the default program?

I regularly annotate pdf files and unfortunately there is no good linux pdf reader that supports decent annotations. Evince has a very rudimentary and buggy annotation feature. So I'm stuck using a ...
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How to install Adobe Reader X in Ubuntu?

I want to install Adobe Reader X (10 or 11) in my system. But there is no native application available for Linux. After doing Google I have seen that Adobe Reader 10.1.14 is given gold rating with ...
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How do I type text on top of a PDF? [duplicate]

I've been given a form to fill out as a PDF. It is not a fillable PDF, it's just a file that I'm expected to print out, fill in by hand, and scan back in. Is there something available in the ...
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How to fill out the forms and save the inputs in this tax report pdf file

I am filing tax report for Maryland state using Form 502. If I use evince 2.32.0 using poppler/cairo (0.14.3), it will recognize the forms and no way I can fill in anything. If I use Adobe Reader 9, ...
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embedded pdf readers don't recognise keyboard input

Since upgrading to 10.10 none of evince, okular or xpdf recognise up/down, pageup/pagedown keys when working as a pdf reader embedded in firefox. I had this problem before (10.04) with okular, which ...
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Need a PDF editor that will let me highlight text [duplicate]

I've looked in the Software Centre but no mention of highlight features for the various PDF edit software. I've installed adobe reader 9 but it doesn't seem to have the option. Does anyone know of ...
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Document Viewer (Evince) history navigation

I am satisfied with basic functionality of Evince (3.4.0 on Ubuntu 12.04). Unfortunately in this viewer I am really missing history navigation i.e. possibility to go back to previous views and ...
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How to set default zoom in evince?

I really love how evince works but this little thing making me annoy so much.When i select a title or a subtitle from the content menu it shifts the zoom and I'am going crazy.On windows it was just ...
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printing pdf with lpr results in different output than printing GUI

i run 11.04. i have a pdf file with an embedded logo (png file) and a few lines. The image has white background (really it is white, i checked with gimp and the color picker). when i print the pdf ...
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Printing PDF-files via network extremely slow

I encounter grave problems trying to print PDF-files, no matter whether I use Evince, Okular or any other linux program. The Documents are printed extremely slowly or even completely fail to print at ...
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How to get 12.10 fix for PDF Printing Problem (where some pages print blank) in 12.04?

As documented on Launchpad, there is a bug for Ubuntu 12.04 somewhere in the PDF printing stack. This bug causes some or all pages of the PDF to print blank. Since this issue doesn't occur in Ubuntu ...
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How do I enable print selection in Chromium

For my own archive I want to print posts from an internet magazine to pdf files. I use Chromium 12.0.742.112 (90304) on Ubuntu 11.04, but the default option to save to pdf doesn't support selection ...
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PDFs generated by LyX not searchable in 12.10 or 13.04

I recently updated one of my computers to 12.10 and did a clean install of 13.04 on another, but neither allow me to search a PDF that I exported using LyX (LaTeX editor). I have no problem searching ...
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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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PDF's Images not at 100% quality on LibreOffice

When I export as PDF on LibreOffice I've got a poor image quality on all the images and all the documents I made. I've checked the option "Loseless compression" on the export preferences. I take the ...
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Is there a pdf reader allowing me to change background color of (arXiv) pdfs?

Its quite common that one wishes or has to read lots of PDF files which are intended to be printed, but since one would read them only once, and one wishes to save some trees, one reads them on ...
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What's the best way to search my file system on ubuntu with instant results?

What's the best way to search my file system on ubuntu and get results almost instantly? I have used catfish , tracker and the usual search tool provided with ubuntu. Tracker finds nothing, ubuntu ...
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Is there a tool to split a book saved as a single PDF into one PDF per chapter?

I have a few books as PDFs, and I'd like to split them by chapter for easier consumption on a mobile phone. Is there any tool (or sequence of tools) I can use to easily split the book into different ...
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Why do this PDF's fonts appear unreadable on my machine?

I'm trying to read The Art of Assembly Language as per this answer on Stack Overflow. When I open it on my Ubuntu 12.04 box, it looks like this: I haven't tested it on another machine, but this ...
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pdf reader that supports tabs

I want a pdf that is sort of browser-like , I mean that you can open many pdfs and one session and navigate between them in tabs, foxit reader does that on windows, I don't know about foxit reader ...
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Not able to install software on Ubuntu 12.10 [duplicate]

I am newbie with Ubuntu.I am trying to download Okular pdf reader from Software Center but I am getting some error. At first it was asking for installation of packages from not authenticated ...
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Auto convert odt to pdf

I am creating a few documents in Libre office and I have to always send them as .pdf. but each and every time I forget to export it as pdf , So is there any way to auto convert the .odt document into ...
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Printing and PDF-export from LibreOffice: SVG images get rasterized in very bad resolution

I'd like to print and export (to pdf) a document written in LibreOffice Writer which contains SVG figures. On the screen, LibreOffice displays and scales them correctly, but for PDF export (which ...
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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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How to show all searched results in pdf in a glance?

In evince, when searching some text in a pdf file, the result will be displayed one by one by hitting "next" or "previous" button. I wonder if it is possible to glance at once all found results with ...
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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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Enabling PDF preview in Dolphin

Hϵllo everyone. I have installed KDE on my Ubuntu 11.10 install. It's working nicely except for a couple of gripes with Dolphin file manager. It seems much slower than other file browsers. Any ...
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How should I present a slideshow consisting of PDFs?

I need to present a slideshow on a projector. I know that if I use openoffice it can send a seperate image to the laptop screen and the projector. If I have some other application (like a PDF viewer) ...
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How to print PDF documents with a CMYK color profile from LibreOffice?

I would like to print to PDF documents from LibreOffice Writer but with CMYK color profiles. How can I achieve this?
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Cannot view PDF files with fillable fields with Okular

Most PDF files work perfectly well with my default document viewer Okular, but cannot open a PDF file with fillable field with any program other than Adobe Acrobat Reader (acroread). Is there anyway ...
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Text inside files has squares with numbers in it

Some text files I come across, have little squares with numbers in them (in place of certain characters). I am unable to copy and paste these in Ubuntu, but may search and replace in gedit each ...
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Notes about pdf file in file browser

I have some folders where I have many pdf files, and it is inconvenient for me to open every file and see the contents, while searching for a particular document. Is there some way or any file ...
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LibreOffice Command Line Conversion - No Output File?

I am using LibreOffice installed on my Linux box and I seem to be having a weird problem in that the conversion seems to be taking place, and there seem to be no errors, but there is no output file in ...
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Libreoffice 3.3.2 Export to PDF option only lets me export entire documents

After installing Natty 11.04 (Kubuntu), I noticed that the "Export to PDF" menu item does not present a dialog allowing me to select pages of the document. I can export the entire document only. ...
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Selecting tables in PDF

On Adobe Acrobat on Windows there is a "select table" tool that allows me to select tables to cut and paste into Word. I would like to cut and paste tables from PDFs into OpennOffice on Ubuntu now, ...
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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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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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How can I cut the margin of a PDF or djvu file for optimal booklet printing?

I have a file which has exaggerated margins. This forces me to print it as a booklet, otherwise I feel I'm waisting paper (a good size of the font allows me to do so). But if I print directly in ...
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How do I configure the “Print_to_PDF”-printer and where does it print to?

I have a printer queue called "Print_to_PDF". I don't know why and where from I have it, and also not how I can configure it. If I print using that printer, I cannot find the output file anywhere.
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Create PDF from Inkscape SVG without destroying fonts and effects

I have an Inkscape SVG file with a few transparency effects and different layers that I want to export to a PDF file for distribution. When I use "Save as..." or "Save a copy..." and select the PDF ...
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Convert PDF or FDF to CSV?

It seems crazy, but while Libre Base can export a form as PDF, there is no way to import the completed form data from the PDF into Libre Base. One idea is to extract PDF form data to FDF (or ...
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How can I remove the grayscale page background of a PDF document scan while preserving the text? (Binarization)

My PDF contains 600 pages with images of text. It has 2 "layers". "Layer 1": Background colour image "Layer 2": Text image I would like to remove all background image layers in the total PDF file ...
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Is it possible to view PDFs right in Chrome without downloading them first?

When I click a link to a PDF in Chrome instead of displaying the PDF in the browser I see a blank page with "Missing plugin" written over it. Is it possible to get this plugin somewhere or am I ...