Adding text to PDF file in Preview

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  1. discman macrumors newbie

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    I'm running leopard on my mac and want to add text to a pdf file. Can I do this with preview or do I need a 3rd party app?

    Steve
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think this can be done without Adobe Acrobat Professional? And even then the PDF needs to allow edits.
     
  3. GedBlue macrumors member

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    You most certainly can!

    I'm fairly sure this isn't just on Snow Leopard...

    In preview, go to the Tools Menu, select Annotate, then go to Add text...you can edit the document quite a bit actually.
    It's nowhere near as good as acrobat, you cant even left-justify the text for example, but it's seriously useful for occasional use.

    Hope that helps!
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hmm.. no option for that for me on 10.5.x Server. Add Oval, Rectangle, Note, Link is available, but no "add text". Add Note seems to add some sort of Sticky-ish note to the PDF, which is available in both Preview and Reader, but don't know if it's available on another machine.

    EDIT: Add text is available in Preview on 10.6. and it does transfer between machines. Great tip!
     
  5. discman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Must be new feature with Snow Leopard. I've got the same options with Leopard... Add Oval, Rectangle, Note, Link... no text

    How about this: Is it possible with another mac feature/program to type a text and then paste it onto the pdf as an object? Or, maybe import the pdf into Word or something and ad a text block on top of it?
     
  6. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

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    When I want to type onto a PDF form, I use Photoshop Elements to open it, then add text on top of it.
     
  7. discman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks. I just tried the same thing with Word Publishing Layout in Office '08 and it work as well.
     
  8. Digitalclips macrumors 65816

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    You have text too, maybe just not obvious. It's the same in Leopard and Snow Leopard. The Notes option supports paste so yes you can copy and paste editable text into an annotation note.
     
  9. MacAztec macrumors 68040

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    I use this all the time in my classes which post lectures in PDF.

    Just use the "text box" tool. You have to click "Annotate" on the top first.

    Allows you to create text boxes on top of the PDF. Works quite well.
     
  10. discman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm still not seeing an option to add text to the pdf. If I add a note it appears to be for the purpose of viewing on the mac. If I print out the pdf. all that I get is a icon where I added the note, which is only viewed on the screen off to the side of the doc.
     
  11. discman thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not sure if we're talking about the same thing. I want to add text which can then be printed out with the pdf. file. Leopard doesn't appear to have this function that I have seen. My annotate only adds oval, rectangle, note, link - the notes don't show on the pdf., just an icon.

    I'm not really sure what the "Text Tool" button is for - doesn't really seem to do anything.

    Steve
     
  12. coherent macrumors newbie

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    I've just released a new version of the Proview PDF editor for OS X, which supports stamping of text onto one or all pages of a PDF.

    It's not free, I'm afraid, but there is a demo to play with.

    http://www.coherentpdf.com/proview.html
     

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