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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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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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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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How to convert libreoffice ODT to PDF in bash

I am using libreoffice under CentOS 6. I can convert ODT files to PDF with: libreoffice --headless --convert-to pdf *.odt but the problem is that it only works when no document is open in ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to convert a pdf to 4-up in landscape mode (ideally using ghostscript)?

I have pdf slides in landscape mode and would like to create a new pdf file containing the slides 4-up (in landscape mode again) like this: ----------------- | 1 | 2 | ----------------- | 3 ...
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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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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 to view and edit the code of a pdf file

I was wondering how to view and edit the code of a pdf file? By viewing, I don't want to see the binary format, so I think hexdump may not be what I want. I tried gedit, but no encoding method can ...
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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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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 create a single page PDF file out of multiple EPS files with GhostScript

I'm trying to merge eps files into a pdf file using GS, however, I cannot get it to put multiple eps files without page breaks in between even if original files are small. The command I'm using is: ...
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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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Lightweight feature-rich alternatives to OpenOffice and LibreOffice

I really like LibreOffice however I'm having issues with it freezing up and I can't seem to start a new instance of the writer on multiple desktops (I'm using dwm and want several documents open). ...
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Concatenate in a PDF the first page of several odt files alphabetically

I have, in the same directory, several odt files. I'd like to have in one PDF document the first page of these odt files, sorted alphabetically based on their filename. For example, if I have these ...
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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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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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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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How can I convert raw printer commands back to a postscript or pdf file?

I have a string of raw printer commands that are for my postscript printer saved to a file. I believe there is a lpr option like -o raw which will read these raw command and send them to the printer. ...
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How to save a copy of a protected PDF form in Evince?

I've got a pretty long PDF form from my ISP and filled it carefully. Willing to save my work of filling it I've tried to use File - Save a copy.... But Evince says it can't save it because it is ...
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Convert pdf file to epub

Is to possible to convert pdf file to epub format without errors? Is there some application in Linux that can do it? I found only Ecub and Calibre which give bad results or fail. A command-line ...
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convert djvu to pdf

How to convert djvu2pdf ? My current approach is : djvups x.djvu > x.ps ps2pdf x.ps Is there more efficient and better (in terms of output quality, data/metadata loss) way to handle that ?
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Embeded video in PDF

I'm creating a presentation that will have embedded video in it (using beamer). The issue is that I can't make this work on Linux. I have downloaded some example presentations that contained video, ...
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tiff2pdf coloured

I converted some scanned .tif files to .pdf using tiff2pdf (libtiff version 4.0.3 ) with JPEG compression. Viewing them in evince showed a coloured (pinkish) background. My initial thought was that ...
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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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using `lpr` to get file name and page numbers printed on pdf

I have a PDF file and I want to print it with the file name and page numbers added somewhere on the page. Is this possible with lpr? If not, what utility can I use to transform the PDF file first? I'm ...
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Change zathuras display mode to single page only

I recently switched from Debian to Arch. Now I have a newer version of zathura, which displays the pages continuously. For poppler as well as mupdf. I need the discrete display mode. Is this fixed ...
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Does using epub2pdf pose a potential security risk? Is there an alternative?

epub2pdf is a fairly platform-independent program. Based on Java, it executes without a hitch on my machine, with no dependencies. However, strangely enough, the program requires an active internet ...
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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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Extract completed slides of a slide show PDF

PDF files of slide show presentations distributed by my lecturers often contain a huge number of pages, because each animation step results in an new page (sometimes 20 pages per slide). This is nice ...
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Combine parts of pages of a PDF document

I have a PDF which has some content split onto 2 pages. The first part takes less or equal the bottom half of the first page and the second part takes less than the top half of the second page. For ...
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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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Can't print to PDF using cups-pdf; used to work, now “failed to set file mode” printing as non-root

Here's something really odd: something that used to work fine in Debian, and then broke, even without a dist-upgrade. I used to be able to use the CUPS PDF virtual printer to print anything to a PDF ...
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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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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 ...