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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why my rescued PDFs forms are empty?

First, I'm no expert, so don't assume I know much about data recovery. I'm using ddrescue and photorec to try to rescue files from a USB stick. It's a 32GB stick that has no more partition information ...
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How to get `pdftotext` to output text in a readable encoding?

I converted a PDF file into a txt file using pdftotext. As an example, i have the sentence "This is the first study on the functional relevance of", notice the f in "first", when i process this sentence ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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My gnuplot-pdflatex plot script produces a pdf with a bug

I have written a script in bash to easily make gnuplot multiplots via the epslatex terminal and then automatically make a pdf file via pdflatex. However when I open the pdf file with evince (on Ubuntu ...
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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 ...