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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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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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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 ...
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How to extract bookmarks from a pdf file

I have a PDF file. I need the bookmarks in that file extracted to a text file or an excel. I also need to validate the bookmarks from the large PDF file. How could I do that?
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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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Split PDF into documents with several pages each

There are several resources on the web explaining how one can split a PDF into many files with on page per file. But how can you split them into chunks of, say, five pages each? I have looked into ...
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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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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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convert images to pdf: How to make PDF Pages same size

I did something like convert -page A4 -compress A4 *.png CH00.pdf But the 1st page is much larger than the subsequent pages. This happens even though the image dimensions are similar. These images ...
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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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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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How can you pdfjoin smartly different sized pictures?

I'm running the default pdfjoin and getting results like this: How can you pdfjoin different sized pictures? My first idea is to add an empty page in front of all things.
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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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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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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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How can I grep in PDF files?

Is there a way to search pdf files using the power of grep, without converting to text first in Ubuntu?
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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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Wrong emblem used for PDFs created by LibreOffice

If I create a test pdf file in a directory, by using something like ls -al > testpdf.pdf the file is shown in Caja 1.4.0 with an understandable emblem that is 'acrobat-like'. If I create a ...
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gs can't find the proper font

I am running the following command to add bookmarks to a pdf file. The file bookmarks.txt contains bookmarks in Chinese characters and in pdfmarks format. The output of gs shows that there seem to be ...
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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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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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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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problem with text added to pdf under Xournal after exporting to pdf

Under Xournal, I add some text to a pdf file, and then I export to a pdf file. In the exported pdf file, the text I added is shown correctly, and selectable, but when I copy and paste the selected ...
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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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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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Imagemagick convert incorrectly sizes landscape pdfs

When I run convert example.pdf example.png I get a png image, but the image in the pdf is off-center and too small. How do I convert so that the png image is the right size and takes the whole ...
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troff to PDF conversion

I am very new to UNIX and trying to learn troff. I have some set of very old written troff files (before 20 years from now). Some samples are hereunder: file_00.g B,4.5,3.5,15.5,23.5 ...
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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 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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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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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 preserve bookmarks when rearranging pages of a PDF file with tools like pdftk?

I am using pdftk to rearrange pages of a pdf file with bookmarks/outlines, but after that, the output file lost the bookmarks of the original. My command is pdftk in.pdf cat 1-22 43 23-42 44-end ...
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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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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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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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Easiest method to create pdf from template using command line (without pdflatex)?

For ten years I have been generating billings for me and my wife in this way: Create TeX template with LyX or by hand Using in this source placeholder text Then: cat template | sed ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Okular under SUSE (on a server)?

I would like to install the pdf viewer Okular on a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11. I am familiar with apt under Ubuntu, but on SUSE, I only found rpm to install .rpm files. I am wondering how Okular ...