PDF (Portable Document Format) is an open standard for fixed format document exchange. Use this tag to indicate questions involving files in this format and also when software is generating/processing this format. When possible and possible relevant indicate the version of the PDF document (as ...

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Stitch two JPEGs together into a PDF

I need to take two 8.5in by 11in JPEG images and merge them together into two pages of a PDF. Is there a commandline or GUI tool to help me do this?
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Rotate pdf file less than 90 degree?

How can I rotate a PDF file less than 90 degree under Ubuntu? Can I do that interactively?
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Convert a folder of images into a multi-page pdf file using command line tools?

I have a folder with 100 jpg images. I want to convert these images into a multi-page pdf file, with all the images (cropped to A4 size). They are already in the correct rotation. Which tools should ...
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PDF viewer with reflow capabilities for linux?

Anyone know of a PDF viewer for linux that can reflow text on the fly? There are a few for android, and at least one for windows, but I haven't found any for Linux. NOTE: I'm doing this on a 1600x900 ...
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Is there a pdf viewer capable of opening multiple documents in the same window?

I would like to open all chapters of my PDF ebooks in the same window but neither evince nor okular seems to be capable of doing that (at least not out-of-the-box). Is there a way to work this out?
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How do I extract the colours from a PDF?

I have a PDF and I want to verify the colours being used (check that they match our corporate colour scheme for instance). Specifically, I want to check that the correct CMYK colours are being used. ...
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SWF to PDF conversion

Are there any tools for converting SWF to PDF? I have a bunch of SWF files (to be ripped from the web) and I'd like to group them into single PDF.
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Converting PDF to PDF/A?

Given a PDF of random origin, how do I, on Linux: confirm whether it is in PDF/A format already? if it is not in PDF/A format, convert it to PDF/A with a minimum loss of fidelity? I am aware that ...
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How can I extract images from a pdf file? [duplicate]

I have a pdf file that consists of an image per page. Are there any command line programs that can extract these images?
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Is there a tool or method for magnifying existing PostScript or PDF files for printing - not just for display

Almost all my printing, including web pages and emails works fine and has done so for years, but ... When I print web pages and emails, I routinely run into a few that print in something like 1 point ...
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How to fix diacritics in PDF forms in Evince?

I happen to live in Czech Republic and we have such letters like ě, š, č, ť, etc in the alphabet and use them everywhere, including addresses. Today I was filling a PDF form in Evince and noticed that ...
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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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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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What do you do to scan with 600 dpi while maintaing a small output file?

I just installed xsane which I already successfully tested with my Epson Perfection V30. When scanning with these settings the output file is remarkably large. Is there a way to decrease the size, ...
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Remove watermarks from pdf file

Is it possible to remove annoying watermarks from pdf file in Linux? For example, every page contains text This file was merged by application XY.
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Configuring CUPS PDF writer for PDF/A output?

Can the PDF pseudo-printer in CUPS be configured to emit PDF/A files? If so, how to do it? I'm using CUPS 1.5.3-5 and CUPS-PDF 2.6.1-6 as provided by Debian Wheezy/7.0. Despite CUPS PDF Format - ...
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How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Debian?

I've got deb http://debian-multimedia.org squeeze main in "/etc/apt/sources.list", but wajig update && wajig install acroread results in: E: Package ‘acroread’ has no installation candidate ...
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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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Extract even-numbered and odd-numbered pages of a PDF into two separate PDFs

I have a PDF that consists of several hundred pages of bilingual text. Since I need to use OCR on each language separately, I want to grab the even and odd pages and make two separate PDFs, using ...
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Merge several eps files into one PDF

I have several hundred encapulated postscript files, and I want to merge them all into one big PDF. How can I do this?
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convert single-page landscape pdf into rescaled double-page portrait pdf

I'm having trouble using convert to do the following: I have a bunch of single-page pdf files whose geometry corresponds to a landscape A4 sheet. The actual content is visually split in 2 pages. ...
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Compile pdf file from multiple images scanned in by scanimage --batch

Say I'm scanning in images of documents with something like: scanimage --mode Gray --resolution 300 -x 215 -y 280 --format=tiff \ --batch=document-p%d.tiff --batch-prompt (In the example I've ...
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Open PDF previewer width specific size and position and “always on top” from command line

I'm using latexmk -pdf -pvc to keep compiling my LaTeX files to PDFs while they are displayed in evince. I'm doing that a lot with different files and I keep needing to zoom the PDF content, resize ...
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Printing two pages per sheet from the command line

Say I start off from a PDF document, say of 12 pages, viewed with evince. To produce another PDF of 6 sheets, with a page setup of two pages per side, I normally use the "Print to File" device ...
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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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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 alone....
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Convert PDF from sRGB color space to CMYK

Does anyone know how I can convert a PDF (or EPS) file from sRGB color space to CMYK color space? My workflow is currently the following: Draw an image with Powerpoint Print via postscript printer ...
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convert pdf to image [jpeg|png]

I need to convert pdf files into image files (like: png (prefer), jpeg). I used convert (from the ImageMagick package) but it takes more than 4 seconds for a 2 page pdf file with only tables (...
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How to change height and width of each page of a pdf

I was wondering how to change width and height of each page of a pdf? In my scanned pdf, each page has paper size too big, 31.98 × 49.20 inch. I would like to shrink the width and height to smaller ...
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How to convert ęąśćżńł TXT to PDF with enscript?

I have problem converting a file to PDF. I create the file with echo ęąśćżńł > text and convert: enscript -O text -o - | ps2pdf - out.pdf However, out.pdf has an encoding problem:
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Printing on custom paper size / adding paper size to PPD

I have some trouble when printing to custom paper sizes. Currently, I want to print something to a 21cm x 21cm card. So, I created a document with this size in libre office and exported it to PDF. ...
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Export terminal display to PDF

I want to include the display of my terminal in a beamer presentation. Simply taking a screenshot, however, produces a fairly low-resolution png that looks poor in the presentation. I would like it ...
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Extract graphs from PDFs

I have a situation where I need to extract images from lots of PDF files and display them on a website. My PDFs have "regular" images as well as lots of graphs. I used pdf2xml and it pulls out the ...
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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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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 ...
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Implementing a String -> PDF Stamp tool

I wrote a little shell function which creates a fixed-size PDF file (A4) from a character string using gs: make_stamp() { file=$1 string=$2 tmp=${file}-small.pdf gs -o "$tmp" -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -...
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Send a fax via SIP

How can I send a fax from my Linux machine using a SIP connection? I don't have a modem. Ideally, I'd like to provide a PDF or TIFF file, and send it via my SIP provider. Is this possible?
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Replace a image in a PDF using command line

I need to process some PDF files. The task consists in exchange a given image file by another. My first problem is how to replace a PDF image from command line in a batch process. Next I'll try to ...
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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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How can OCRed text be preserved while converting between djvu and pdf files?

Suppose a pdf file has OCRed text. How can we convert it to a djvu file and pass the OCRed text to the djvu file? Conversely, if exchange "pdf" and "djvu" in the above? Thanks!
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Looking for a good interactive pdf viewer

I like zathura for its simple UI, very nice for just reading. I like xournal for its rich annotation features. But what I still need is a reader that is interactive, has a "find" feature, is able ...
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jpg to pdf without data loss

Trying to make such things: 1st step: convert img.jpg img.pdf 2nd step: pdfimages -j img.pdf img1 Comparing source and extracted images in HEX shows difference. How to make such conversion ...
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Recover just deleted scanned pdf without unmounting

I have just deleted a scanned pdf file. I'm trying to recover it with scalpel. The problem is that scalpel will recover many deleted files and names them numerically (e.g. 0001.pdf, 0002.pdf, ... ...
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How to set password for pdf files?

I need to password protect my PDF file(s), because I am going to send them through email and I want anyone who would view my PDF file(s) to be prompted for a password. How can I add a password to a ...
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How do you output an info page to pdf?

If man -t ls | ps2pdf - > ls.pdf is useful for outputting the ls man page via ps2pdf to pdf, what about info pages? I've tried something like the following but with no success: info -o info | ...
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How can I convert a scanned PDF with OCRed text to one without OCRed text?

I have a scanned PDF file, with low-quality OCRed text. I would like to have a PDF file without the OCRed text. How can I convert a scanned PDF with OCRed text to without OCRed text? I am thinking ...
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Looking for an efficient way to display PDFs

I've used several unix tools to display PDFs, like xpdf, evince, epdfview… What I'm looking for is not very complicated. I'd like to display a full page inside the application window with reduced ...
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Convert output of script(1) to pdf

You supposedly can make some sort of low-tech replacement to screencasts of your terminal sessions with script(1): DESCRIPTION script makes a typescript of everything displayed on your terminal. It ...
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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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How can I shuffle pages from a pdf file in a random order?

I would like to shuffle the pages of a pdf document in a random order. How can this be done?