Preview

The award for the most humbly-named application goes to…Preview! Not only does Preview live up to its name and let you view the contents of PDF and numerous types of graphics files, it also gives you numerous ways to modify your PDF files.

I already showed its annotation capabilities in “How to annotate a printout or PDF in Preview”. I recently learned that Preview makes it easy to copy pages from one PDF file into another PDF file. Watch this video to see how easy it is to move pages and also rotate and delete individual pages. [click to continue…]

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Sometimes you’d just love to add some comments to a page you are about to print. Or maybe you want to highlight an important section by highlighting the text or putting an oval or rectangle around it. The Preview application makes this really easy with its Annotation Toolbar.

In this video I show you how easy it is to add these to your printouts:

  • Text
  • Arrows
  • Ovals
  • Text highlighting

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Computers were supposed to let us save lots of paper but they’ve actually made it easier to use much more. Sometimes you just want to read or save a web page on paper. But you don’t need to let a poorly designed web page waste a bunch of paper.

Unfortunately some web pages look terrible when you print them. A graphic header and navigation buttons might look nice on the screen but, if not designed for printing, they often get strewn across pages of paper. And while you might like skimming through other readers’ comments on a popular article, if you print them out you might need to refill your paper tray.

If you want to print just part of a web page, then you’re going to need to figure out which pages that part is going to show up on and how to tell your Mac that you only want to print those pages.
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