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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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convert bulk of text files to pdf with naming based upon header file

Knowing that "How to convert from text to .pdf" is already well answered here link and here link, I am looking for something more specific: Using Claws-Mail [website] and a Plug-In [RSSyl] to read ...
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Printing PDF with not embedded TrueType Font (cups / lpr)

I have a PDF in which the TrueType font OCRB is used, however the font is not embedded. So I tried to install the font on my system (which is by the way a SLES11 SP2), I did the following things: ...
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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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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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pdf viewer for text documents saved as images — bad rendering

The situation I have in mind is a .pdf document obtained from a scan, or at least such that some readers view it as an image (as opposed to text) and render it badly (see the screenshot below) My ...
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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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Convert to postscript format using the Backend command before sending to a printer

Without using CUPS is there an way to add something on the Backend line in the print queue to convert all print sent to a queue to postscript from PDF format before sending the output to the printer?
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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 to create indexes in a pdf?

iPdf is rotten. Is there any other software or any other way by which an "index" can be created in a pdf file?
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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 to print multiple pages per side with one(right) page blank?

Input file is any pdf document. I want to have right side space for writing notes. output.pdf looks like !
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Exchange odd and even pages in a pdf file?

Is it possible to exchange odd and even pages in a pdf file, e.g. page 1 and page 2 exchange, page 3 and page 4 exchange, ..., assuming the pdf file has even number of pages? Can it be done using ...
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Manipulating a picture pdf

Is there a practical tool to modify (with eraser and pen) a pdf file whose content is a scanned document or a picture taken by a digital camera? If so, which one is good?
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Custom title in PDF files when using ps2pdf

I convert .txt files to .ps files with enscript, OK! After that I use "ps2pdf" to convert the .ps files to .pdf files. OK! And I can see: Question: What parameter do I have to use (with enscript ...
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Batch rename according to number of pages in pdf file

I have a lot of papers in pdf files (and also other type of files in the same folder). I'd like to rename them using the pattern <current file name>[<number of pages>].pdf But after ...
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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?
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What happened to ePDFview‽

In my older Fedora installation (It's Fedora 20 right now, but I've been updating it since well before FC18), I'm using a rather minimal PDF viewer, called "ePDFview". It seems to be gone from more ...
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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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scripted pdf code review

What I try to achieve I need to review a bunch of C source code spread out into dozen of directories. I already have a bash script which does the following: It searches for all source codes in the ...
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Xpdf fit to page width in fullscreen mode

When I call the command: $ xpdf file.pdf -z width -fullscreen ...it does not have the desired effect. The individual options: $ xpdf file.pdf -z width ...and: $ xpdf file.pdf -fullscreen ...
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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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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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Recursively find and move corrupted PDFs

The Issue I was using python-skydrive to download files to my PC, and I accidentally corrupted a good amount of my PDF files. When I try to view them in Document Viewer, I get the following error ...
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Configuring Org-mode to open PDFs with evince

I'm starting to use org-mode to export text to LaTeX. My problem is that it opens the generated PDF with ebook-viewer (it is a EPUB, CHM reader) instead of using evince. Question Does anyone know ...
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Problems converting PDF to DjVu

I have a PDF file (copyrighted, so I can't include it here). I'm trying to convert it to DjVu, using some online websites as well as pdf2djvu, but they all fail. In the case of pdf2djvu, the error ...
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Possible to extract title and pagenum of each page in a pdf file

I was wondering if there are some ways to extract title and pagenum of each page in a pdf file? Either by some applications, or by programming in some programming language with some pdf libraries? ...
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Recover pdf from extracted images

Here is the information of images in a single-page pdf file: $ pdfimages -list p1.pdf page num type width height color comp bpc enc interp object ID ...
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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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How to change the color of all highlights in a PDF file?

I want to change the color of every highlight in a PDF file (without having it do for every highlight manually). Preferably with a command line command. Here is an example PDF with a highlighted ...
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Converting .okular file to pdf

I am using a djvu file, and with okular I have annotations in it. Now, I wish to be able to use this file in Mendeley, which supports only pdf extensions. I know that I can save annotations in okular ...
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Printing files as PDF with syntax highlighting via terminal [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: syntax_highlight <source_file> | lpr I have about 20 Python scripts that I wish to print as PDF. I wish to print them the way GEdit would allow me to, with: ...
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convert - unrecoverable error when pdf to jpg

When I'm converting pdf to jpg with the following command $ convert -density 300 file.pdf file.jpg I'm getting this error. Last OS error: 2 GPL Ghostscript 8.71: Unrecoverable error, exit code ...
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Convert pdf to a different page size (US Letter -> A4)

I'm trying to print a simple US Letter document, but for some reason, I just cannot manage to fit it properly onto A4 when printing multiple pages per-list. I have tried converting the pdf using: gs ...
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All PDF applications mix the width and height of a PDF file

I have this PDF file created by scanning. When viewing it in any PDF viewer, the page's width is greater than the height. But it seems like all the PDF applications I have tried mistake the width as ...
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Change and save pdf annotation setting in Okular?

In Okular, I add inline notes to a pdf file. I change the default settings for inline notes: from default font "Ubuntu 13" to "Ubuntu 6", and from default opacity 100% to opacity 0%. But I ...
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Using interface file with LP and txt2pdf utility to transform print file to PDF

Our legacy application uses LP commands on Solaris 5.10 to print report files to printers throughout our org. However, now we have a remote location that won't have access to a printer (at least not ...
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How can I rasterize all of the text in a PDF?

You know when you have a pdf, which is a scan of a document and it's a really huge file, because it just stores the picture of the scanned document? And there are OCR tools which can help you to ...
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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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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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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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Can one move the OCRed text from one PDF to another PDF file?

Given a PDF file with OCRed text, is it possible to move the OCRed text to another PDF file?
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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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Can't print pdf file with lpr

I am currently using Arch linux. I am trying to print a pdf file for the command line, it is easier that way as I need to print several range of pages. Just for testing I issue a command to print a ...
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Extract bookmarks from a pdf and add them to another in gs?

I have two pdf files, one with bookmarks, and the other without. I would like the second pdf file to have the same bookmarks as the first. I wonder how to do that using gs? Ideally, it will be nice ...
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Insert bookmark in .pdf file for print

I have searched many solutions on what is the best way to search a .pdf, and if a page named spec_out is located in the .pdf it will insert the first bookmark before other bookmarks as Spec Out. I'm ...