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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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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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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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textutil convert PDF to txt producing garbled output

I am trying to convert PDF files to text files using textutil. I don't if there are special types of PDFs that can and cannot be converted. The files I am trying to convert are in a searchable ...
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Gnome printing (Evince): Scale pdf up and center (get rid of page margin)

As you know, latex documents often have quite a substantial amount of page margin. I don't like that. The printing dialog offers the option to print the document scaled up (let's say 120%), but then ...
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How to create a custom command in Linux for a wine pdf application?

I'm using Debian GNU/Linux 7.8 and would like to have PDFXCview.exe as the standard application to open pdfs. Opening a pdf using a small executable file including #!/bin/bash wine ...
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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 I calibrate Zathura's zoom levels to my monitors?

I'm using Zathura (using the MuPDF plugin) to review various layouts for printing. It's important to me that I'm looking at things approximately the same size as they will come out on paper. I realize ...
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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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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 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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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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Set default program for one specific file in Nemo

There's a lot of questions on how to change the default program for a specific file extension, but I want to know if I can change the default program for a specific file. Reason: Some PDFs don't ...
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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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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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Auto reload of modified file looses pan position in Zathura

I use Zathura as my PDF reader. It is great but I have an issue with the auto-reload. When I compile a .tex file, its associated .pdf file is automatically reloaded in Zathura and correctly displays ...
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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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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 ...
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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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concat pdf pages after pdfcrop

I ran pdfcrop to crop the whitespace from pdf. As expected, the result is a pdf with pages of varying sizes. Is there any way to "squash" all these pages so they nicely fit in A4 (or any other format) ...
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CUPS-PDF is very slow

I'm using CUPS-PDF printer to produce PDF files. Everything works properly, but problem is the time which CUPS-PDF printer needed to complete a job. For a PDF file with 25 pages CUPS-PDF need more ...
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Extract coordinates of matching text in PDF

Basically I want to grep a string in a PDF and get the coordinates of the matching result(s). I already use pdftotext to do the opposite, namely to extract some text given its coordinates. In ...
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How do I convert the complete AMD64 Gentoo Handbook into a PDF from the command-line?

I have been writing shell scripts for converting the AMD64 Handbook of Gentoo Linux to PDF and this is my current shell script: function ghand { # Input 1 is the architecture # Input 2 is the ...
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How to cut a really large raster image into smaller chunks?

I have a large poster as a pdf-file. I need to create a raster image from it (for instance because there seems to be no pdf viewer which allows me to zoom sufficiently to see the contents). So I ...
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Print pdf like paps, but with actual fonts?

So I convert a piece of text to PDF like so: INPUT="this text goes to a pdf file" paps $INPUT 2>/dev/null | ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -dOptimize=true -dEmbedAllFonts=true - out.pdf Which works ...
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How do I encrypt (password protect) a PDF without encrypting the metadata?

It seems that the encryption provided by pdftk(1) is the level supported by Acrobat 5 (I added a password to a PDF file using pdftk then opened it in Acrobat Pro 9 and examined the security settings; ...
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Show annotations in PDF

I have a PDF file that has annotations in them. Comments that are in a box show up, but removed words or other insertions do not appear. I don't need to add any annotations; I just need to view them. ...
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Run itext script as cups filter

I have an itext script to apply some customisations to pdf files. These need to be done on-the-fly. I can easily do it this way : java -cp ".:itext5.jar" pdflayout input.pdf | lpr -P CP800/print ...
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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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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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Can htmldoc create multi-level pdf bookmarks?

I downloaded an online html book (http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/~franco/OpSys-304-427/lecture-notes/lecture-notes.html), by the following command wget -r -np -nH --cut-dirs=3 -p -k ...
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scan directories of .pdf and .ps files for keyword in title and author

I have got directories full of research papers. I would like to scan the files for keywords in the titles, the author lists, etc. Does a tool for that purpose exist?
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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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How to change font substitutions in kpdf?

I'm trying to read a pdf that was created with MSWord using Garamond and kpdf is substituting 'Deja Vu Sans'. But I've got Palladio! Where can I change it?
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PDF editor with regular expressions for bookmarks?

Are there any Unix-based PDF editors with automatic bookmark creation?
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Formatting lpr output to use a particular font and svg background

I have a somewhat peculiar request. I would like to be able to produce "retro" PDF output of text files (for subsequent printing or e-mailing). So I would like to have some sort of processor which ...
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Installing swftools with dependencies on a server with no internet connection?

I am trying to install a package on a Red Hat server which does not have internet connection by which I could directly download and install dependencies. Where can I download the swftools package ...
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Why can't I remove annotations in this PDF document?

I'm using GNOME "Document Viewer" for annotating PDF files. I can add annotations but am unable to remove them, despite following the instructions here. ...
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Why is my ghostscript output bigger when converting to sRGB?

I have a PDF (made with inkscape) with very high-resolution (4K) images that I'm compressing using ghostscript. When I use this line: gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dCompatibilityLevel=1.4 ...
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Why is JavaScript embedded in a PDF opened with Firefox not executed?

I have embedded a simple JavaScript (app.alert messagebox) in a PDF using Didier Stevens pdf-tools. Then I open that PDF in Firefox in Linux and the Javascript is not executed. The messagebox is not ...
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ubuntu document reader for acrobat pdf forms

I have an acrobat pdf form that I need to fill. I am using ubuntu 14.04 trusty. Is there a reader that can handle this, the default (evince) doesn't seem to work. thanks
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How can I comfortably highlight PDF files without KDE?

Okular is great but has many KDE dependencies. Xournal is not very suitable for highlighting. Evince doesn't have any "editing" functionality.
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Can't download all of specified webpages by using wkhtmltopdf

i try to download the webpages specified as a list of urls in a text file urls, and convert and merge them to a single pdf file, by running: $ wkhtmltopdf $(cat urls) all.pdf Loading pages (1/6) ...
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How to make a PDF portfolio from merged files

Adobe Acrobat has a feature where PDF files can be merged into a single portfolio document. The various PDF files can be set out with a template, and clicking on its icon views the appropriate PDF. ...
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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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Unable to open EPS files

I am unable to open eps files in my machine. I have attached the screenshots of what happens when try to view a eps file with default pdf viewer and ghost script viewer (gv). The condition is same ...