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PDFs And MAC OS X Preview

Do you know that if you are using MAC OS X, you don’t need a PDF reader to view your PDF files?

If you want to discover this secret do the following:

1- Go to: Macintosh HD:Applications:Preview.

2- Double click at the Preview icon.

3- The Preview icon will appear at the Dock (appears at the bottom of the screen where your frequently used applications, files, and folders appear), and at the top of the screen, the Preview menu appears.

4- Now, it is time to open your PDF. Here, you can do this in three ways:

4.1. From Preview’s menu, choose: File -> Open…

4.2. Drag the PDF document to the Preview application icon.

4.3. If Adobe Reader is not installed, by double clicking the PDF document.

You should get something as shown in figure (1) below.

Figure (1): Opening A PDF Document Using Preview

There are also many other things you can do with Preview. A really nice feature here is that you can save your PDF document pages to different formats (GIF, JPEG, JPEG-2000, Microsoft BMP, OpenEXR, Photoshop, PICT, PNG, SGI, TGA, TIFF).

So, in order for example to save a PDF document’s page to JPEG format, do the following:

1- Open the PDF document using Preview as shown in the preceding steps.
2- From Preview’s menu, choose: File -> Save As…, in which case, you should have a dialog appear as shown in figure (2).
Figure (2): Preview’s Save As Dialog Box
3- In Format, choose JPEG.
4- If you want, change the quality and resolution.
5- Click the Save button. In this case, you should have something similar to what is shown in figure (3).
Figure (3): First Page Of The PDF Document Saved As A JPEG Format

A final feature I want to talk about here that you can do to your PDFs is the feature of sending your PDF document as an email directly from within Preview.

To do this, try the following steps:

1- Open the PDF document using Preview as previously shown.

2- From Preview’s menu, choose: File -> Mail Document, in which case, the Mail application opens and the New Message window appears so you can send the PDF document. Look at figure (4).

Figure (4): Sending The PDF Document Directly From Within Preview Through Mail
3- In the New Message window, type the receiver’s email and the subject, and hit the Send button located at the top left of the New Message window. Isn’t that beautiful?

PDF Hacks, 100 Industrial-Strength Tips & Tool
By: Sid Steward
Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.
Pub. Date: August 16, 2004
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-596-00655-6

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