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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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Print to PDF from Firefox and Chromium text is image not selectable [closed]

I have recently upgraded from 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS (fully up-to-date). Complete fresh format and install of the Linux partition. I noticed that PDF files printed from Firefox 14.0.1 and Chromium ...
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How to play embedded midi audio in PDF file?

I'm on Ubuntu 11.04 and using Adobe Reader 9. When I click on the embedded file link in the pdf file I get a dialogue box saying Multimedia Player Finder: The media requires an additional player. ...
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How to make annotations on .PDF files like on Okular, but without using Okular? What .PDF viewer should I use?

So guys, I'm answering some question from a school test (saved in .pdf) and I would like to do it like I did once on Okular, using a cursor-pen to mark the alternatives. Like on this screenshot from ...
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gimp 2.8 cannot edit pdf file

I have Ubuntu 12.04 and gimp2.8 installed. It is working fine, but gimp2.8 cannot edit any pdf file (unknown file type). This pdf files can be edited with gimp 2.6. I have installed 2.8 from the ...
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Why do some PDFs have such ugly fonts in Document Viewer?

Why are the fonts in Document Viewer so ugly and non-antialiased?
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PDF to XML sure thing, but the other way around?

This is my first post so excuse me if I'm breaking any conventions. Well the thing is I'm developing a long term archive system in Ubuntu environment. For different reasons XML is a very strong ...
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Merge multiple small PDFs on A4 size format

I have a PDF file with approximatly 300 pages (A4). On each page some text with lines are plotted, which take up only a third of the page size. So I want to get rid of the white space everywhere. I ...
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How does magazine publishing work on the Ubuntu Software Center?

I'm looking into publishing a magazine on the Ubuntu Software Center, how would I go about doing that? I notice there are a lot of them, but I'm not sure how it works. Thanks.
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PDF Editor that Can Save Annotation and Comments for Other Platforms and Viewers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I highlight PDFs? I am using Ubuntu 12.04. I collaborate with others on academic papers and they frequently send PDF versions of the document we are working on ...
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How to Install Okular 0.15 on 12.04 LTS?

See here for reference: http://okular.kde.org/news.php The new version includes an option to save annotations to the PDF file itself. That's why I am very eager to try out. Is there any PPA from ...
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How to search within pdf and other documents, other than simple text, preferably using a GUI?

Is this possible in principle? It seems to me that search tools like gnome-search-tool, Catfish and Searchmonkey can search within text files, but not within other more complex documents like pdf or ...
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Open pdf documents with different Reader

I have certain pdf Documents (DRM) which I can only open with Acrobat Reader (Adobe LiveCycle Rights Management). Now I like simply double-clicking these PDF files and Acrobat Reader opens. What ...
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Print pdf file directly without opening it?

Currently I open the file in document viewer and select print etc. Is it not possible to right click the file and "send to" the printer?
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Is there a way to convert a PDF file to ePUB format WITHOUT using Calibre

I'll tell you clearly and loudly: I don't like Calibre! So, how can I convert PDF to ePUB without it?
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How can I make creating a PDFs collaboratively easier?

Files are often send around to coworkers as PDFs as the can be read everywhere. How can doing this be made easier?
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How can I edit a picture into an existing PDF file?

I have a scanned PDF file which is an application form, and a picture which is the scanned version of my signature (for example, this one) and can be in any image format such as EPS or PNG. I would ...
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Create fillable or editable fields in a PDF

I wonder how to create fillable forms in a PDF, such as this one. I would like to fill out the places that are required to fill out.
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How can I convert a tex file to pdf on via the command line?

Is there a package that contains a Tex to PDF converter/renderer available on Ubuntu 12.04? If not can you recommend a tool for me to download from elsewhere that can do this that is simple to ...
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Is there a GUI to convert/extract images to/from pdf?

I mean something like a graphical interface / front end for Imagemagick or a simpler application that would allow converting/extracting images through the interface (not in the Terminal).
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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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printing PDFs on 12.04 [closed]

A strange problem here - upgraded to 12.04 and since then if I print a PDF it prints all the text content perfectly, but leaves a blank where an image ought to be! The print preview sometimes shows ...
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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 can I stop GIMP from opening Truecrypt's User's Guide PDF? [closed]

I have recently installed Truecrypt on Ubuntu 11.10. The first thing I wanted to do was open the User's Guide from the Help menu. However, when I clicked that menu entry, the GIMP image editor started ...
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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 ...