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How to merge 2 PDF files with interleaving pages order?

I've got a double-side-printed multipage document to scan with a linear bulk scanner. So, as the result I get 2 PDF files: one containing all odd pages and the second containing all even pages. I need ...
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How can I convert a pdf file from gray-scale to black-white?

My OS is Ubuntu 12.04. How can I convert a pdf file from gray-scale to black-white? The gray-scale pdf file comes from scanning with gray-scale option, and the black-white scale pdf is required by ...
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How to install evince on CentOS Linux release 7.0.1406

On my CentOS Linux release 7.0.1406 the PDF reader doesn't render image colours correctly that's sent from MacOSx/CS Adobe Acrobat. Is there a way to install Evince with Yum on this particular ...
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How do I export visiting cards onto one page?

I have a script to generate visiting cards for the entire team from an svg template. It spits out a single pdf the size of a visiting card, like so: +-----------------+ | o o | | ...
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Does okular/poppler support following intra-document cross-references in PDF files?

Using docbook and Apache FOP I can create PDFs that contain cross-references. For example, the Table of Contents of a book looks like this: Chapter 1 Introduction........................12 Using ...
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How can I print half of a page to a pdf file?

I have a one page PDF file with scanned documents. I need to send only top half of this document to someone. How can I generate a new PDF document with only the top half of the original page, without ...
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how to merge pdf files so that each file begins on an odd page number?

I need to merge a few dozed pdfs, and i want all of the input pdfs to start on an odd page in the output pdf. Example: A.pdf has 3 pages, B.pdf has 4 pages. I don't want my output to have 7 pages. ...
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How to tell if the hidden text layer in a pdf file is from OCR or not? [closed]

I have seen some pdf files after OCR have very accurate text (both in terms of recognition rate, and in terms of alignment of text to the image). What Unix/Linux tools help me tell, if the hidden ...
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Avoid bloating file size when removing OCRed text from a pdf file?

I use pdfimages and convert recommended by Anthon to remove the OCRed text of a pdf file, and the size of the pdf file changes from 29MB to 373MB. My first step is split the pdf file into a pbm file ...
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How can I remove a clickable bar with hyperlink in each page of a pdf file?

Can we remove a long narrow clickable bar(with some hidden text and link) at the bottom of each page of this pdf file? When never I click it, it will tries to open a website in my browser. I prefer ...
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Page size after pdfcrop doesn't match my calculations?

I'm running: $ pdfcrop --margins '-36 -59 -49 -35' tmp.pdf tmpo3.pdf But the page sizes before and after don't match with my calculation. My calculation shows that the page sizes in points after ...
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Merge and export OCRed text into and from a pdf file

Given a pdf file, and a html file in hocr format for the OCRed text, can we merge the OCRed text into the pdf file, so that the new pdf file can be searchable for text? For example, I have a pdf by ...
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Ways to convert and combine image files into a pdf file?

I have about 190 image files (png and jpg) in a directory. For more information, each image has 2500 x 3072 pixels, and about 500KB. I use the command convert from ImageMagik to convert and combine ...
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Compare PDF documents with embedded links?

diffpdf shows the visual differences in two PDF documents. Since some PDF documents include hyperlinks is there a diff that handles those also?
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Which is the software package for creation of PDF documents on Debian and OpenBSD OSes?

I have installed the software package called evince. It only opens and reads PDF files but does not create them. What software package should I install on boxes that run Debian (or OpenBSD) that can ...
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Sterilize PDF files

I use Linux on my desktop, but I got suprised after checking random PDF files on my machines with Virustotal. One of them contained a "PDF.Exploit.CVE_2008_2992". So PDF files can have malicious ...
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Print the page count within the PDFs in a directory to a output txt file [duplicate]

The need has been to identify the total page count of all the PDF files we have in a repository. For that, I was able to come up with the following script. However, I'm now stuck with this situation: ...
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How to force custom color scheme when using Inverted Colors in Evince?

As pointed out in Software to read PDFs with inverted colors (Windows), instead of having a very white on very black color scheme (which induces a very nasty contrast) it is often preferable to use a ...
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use middle click scroll not zoom

How to change middle mouse button (when pressing) behavior in Okular? Currently, when I press it, it zoom in/out. But I want to use it for fast scrolling, something like in firefox or evince.
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Using Evince instead of Okular for Alpine (MIME configuration for PDF viewers)

Within Alpine, if I hit enter on a PDF attachment, my system brings up Okular. I would prefer if it brought up Evince, because that's the PDF viewer I normally use. How can I do that? This is clearly ...
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Fix PDF margins for two-sided printing

I have a free PDF book on which every page has a very large margin on the right-side. I would like to print it two-sided and bind it to a book using an online printing service. The problem is that I ...
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How can I workaround or fix a printer offset x0y?

OK, so I have an old office reject printer, the OKI B4350. Works great with CUPS and Evince except for one thing: often it prints the page all messed up: offset from the upper left corner and ...
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Is there a way to flatten a .pdf image from the command line?

In GIMP, I can import a .pdf, and use the GUI to flatten it (if it was made with many layers) by selecting "Flatten Image" in the "Image" dropdown menu. I can then export the .pdf with a new ...
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Combine multiple PDF files into one (arranged in a matrix)

Having a set of PDF files, lets say: in-01.pdf, in-02.pdf, in-03.pdf, ... I would like to combine all of them into a single one, forming an M x N matrix. The command montage allows for doing so (M ...
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Text annotations and image additions to PDF file using free software

I'm mostly interested in annotating a PDF file with text at a predetermined position. GUIs and command line utilities are both Ok, but only free software solutions, please. However, I included image ...
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Ligatures missing in some PDFs

I have some PDFs which, when viewed in readers under Linux (tried atril from MATE and evince from GNOME), the ligatures (e.g. fi, fl) are missing, as can be seen from the example (it should be ...
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How to query pdf page size from the command line?

For scripting I need to get the page dimensions of a PDF file (in mm). pdfinfo just prints it in 'pts', e.g.: Page size: 624 x 312 pts What should I use? Or what unit is 'pts' anyway - in ...
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Shell script to merge files with same names

I have a directory of files such as: file.1111111_1.pdf file.1111111_2.pdf file.2222222_1.pdf file.2222222_2.pdf … file.1234567_1.pdf file.1234567_2.pdf … file.aaaaaaa_1.pdf file.aaaaaaa_2.pdf … ...
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Annotation does not work correctly in Okular

I hava a pdf file. In okular 0.17.2 under Ubuntu 12.04, I have found two problems: added inline note (by F6, and then 2) will be rotated 90 degree counterclockwise. added underline (by F6, and ...
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What does multistamp do with pdftk?

I merge two pdf files in two different order: $ pdftk 2.pdf multistamp 1.pdf output o1.pdf $ pdftk 1.pdf multistamp 2.pdf output o2.pdf Here are the four files: 1.pdf, 2.pdf, o1.pdf, and o2.pdf ...
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PDF-reader which finds letters ä and ö

I read sometimes pdf's written in Finnish. I was unable to search text containing letters ä and ö by Xpdf and Okular. Is there a PDF-reader which finds those letters correctly? I had a problem with ...
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How to copy text from an image in a pdf file?

I can view a pdf image with text using the evince document viewer, however I cannot select the text in the image to copy and paste. How do I copy text from an image in a pdf file?
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View pdf file in terminal

I want to see pdf files available on our cluster rather than copying them into my local machine and than visualize. Please tell me how can i do this.
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Good ways for annotating and searching in document (pdf, djvu)

For djvu files, I enjoy reading it in djview, because when I search for some words, it can show where all the results are at a glance, and highlight them simultaneously. This is much more convenient ...
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Can htmldoc create multi-level pdf bookmarks?

I downloaded an online html book (http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~franco/OpSys-304-427/lecture-notes/lecture-notes.html), by the following command wget -r -np -nH --cut-dirs=3 -p -k ...
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My gnuplot-pdflatex plot script produces a pdf with a bug

I have written a script in bash to easily make gnuplot multiplots via the epslatex terminal and then automatically make a pdf file via pdflatex. However when I open the pdf file with evince (on Ubuntu ...
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Discovering metadata about a PDF

Suppose I have a PDF and I want to obtain whatever metadata is available for that PDF. What utility should I use? I find the piece of information I am usually most interested in knowing is the paper ...
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how to extract pattern from pdf and save to text file [closed]

How can I extract some pattern contained in PDF file to text file using shell?
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Clickable PDFs in rxvt

I would like to open PDFs (say, with evince) by clicking in the terminal. The setup is urxvt in Fedora 19 here, but if urxvt cannot do this, can you let me know which terminal emulators can. I got ...
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Convert linked html files into a pdf file?

I would like to convert an online book (linked html files) into a pdf file. I tried the two-step way in http://kmkeen.com/mirror/2009-02-05-14-00-00.html First, download the html files by wget -nd ...
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scan directories of .pdf and .ps files for keyword in title and author

I have got directories full of research papers. I would like to scan the files for keywords in the titles, the author lists, etc. Does a tool for that purpose exist?
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Is there some sort of PDF to text -converter?

I need PDF files to text so I can search over them in bulk from commandline. Is there some converter for Ubuntu, OBSD or similar distro? Perhaps related post, OCR with ubuntu here.
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Shortcut to google selected text

Is there a way to customize evince to search on Google a selected phrase? Like in Firefox where I select a text and right-click--> "Search Google for ..." If evince isn't customizable, is there any ...
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Standard workflow to digitize magazines or books using OCR while minimizing file size?

To scan books containing just text, black&white images and clear borders, the workflow I've been using is: digitize the source using a camera or just a scanner use scantailor finally use ...
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Corrupted PDF: Opens fine, but pyPdf bails with AssertionError

I received a PDF in an email and I want to crop and rotate it because it has two pages per sheet. Trying the solutions in Split pages in pdf I had problems with "AssertionError" in pyPDF and "Warning: ...
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Print PDF scaled-down and aligned

I want to print a PDF file with all pages scaled down equally (to, say, 70 %). The scaled-down pages should then be left-aligned on the printing paper. This doesn't seem to be possible with lpr ...
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Split PDF into colour and black/white pages

I would like to automatically split a large PDF document into two files: one file should contain only the pages with black and white content, and the other should contain only the pages with any ...
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How to print password protected pdf with cups from command line?

I have a *.pdf file that is password protected. I have the password and I can view the pdf with mupdf. However, printing with CUPS via lpr -P PRINTERNAME *.pdf does not work. All my printing is done ...
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MasterPDFEditor use black theme for PDF pages

@Crunchbang/Debian x32 I've been using MasterPDFEditor for quite some time & I'm impressed by its PDF annotation capabilities. However I decided to start using a black GTK+ theme & after ...
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TexLive and RHEL 6 — can I install 2011 *in addition* to 2007?

Our environment is Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. By default, RHEL 6 comes with a version of TexLive from 2007. A user would like one of the extensions to TexLive ("PDFTex") to be updated. From ...