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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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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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can I create a PDF from ImageMagick which will always open at zoom 100%? [migrated]

I am running with an issue in png to pdf conversion.Actually I have big png file not in size but in contents.In pdf conversion it create a big pdf file. I don't have any issue with its quality, but ...
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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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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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zathura : auto reload but looses zoom

I use zathura as my pdfreader. It is great but I have some issue with the auto-reload. When I compile a .tex file, it's associated .pdf file is automatically reloaded in zathura and correctly displays ...
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How do I download a PDF, then output a chunk of text?

My city water bill is emailed to me every month as a link to the current PDF hosted on their server. So I can easily download this PDF any time I want. How do I take that PDF and extract my account ...
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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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Storing Okular PDF annotations and metadata in the PDF itself

The PDF viewer Okular (part of KDE desktop) has lots of nice features and supports lots of file formats. One of the things I like about it is the comments and annotations. Unfortunately, all of the ...
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Print a PDF with scaled content

I have a 150 page long pdf file where individual pages are shrunk. I need to magnify the file upto 900% to read anything on the screen (and it is readable at that magnification). I would like to print ...
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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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Vi keys in Xpdf?

The Xpdf man page says that it can be customized to work with Vi style keybindings: Previous versions of xpdf included a "viKeys" X resource. It is no longer available, but the following ...
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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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Split pages in pdf

I have a scanned pdf file which has scanned two pages on one virtual page (page in pdf file). The resolution is with good quality. The problem is I have to zoom when reading and drag from left to the ...
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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 convert a color pdf to black-white?

I'd like to transform a pdf with some coloured text and images in another pdf with only black&white, in order to reduce its dimensions. Moreover, I would like to keep the text as text, without ...
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Open signed PDFs in Linux

We have some PDF files which are secured by a .pfx certificate. On Windows we can use Adobe Reader to read these PDF files (with previously imported certificate). I've googled for a long time but I ...
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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 can I add a signature .png to a PDF in Linux?

I have a scanned copy of my written signature and I need to apply it to some documents in the signature block. I used to do this on Windows all the time but I now have only Linux. Is this possible? ...
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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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Find duplicate PDF files by content

Some journals generate a different PDF for each download. APS for example stores time and the IP address in the PDF. Or there is a paper version with hyper links and one with text references. How ...
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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.