Highlighting in Preview makes WEIRD shape?

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  1. hazedragon45 macrumors regular

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    How do i regularly highlight in Preview? I just got a new Macbook Pro last night ..and can't figure this out. When i Highlight, it makes a funny looking Candy Wrapper shape.
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  2. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

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    I just tried mine on a PDF and it is normal. Does it do it on all types of text and formats?

    I don't see any related settings in preferences. Does it do the same thing if you highlight text on a web page or other apps outside of Preview?
     
  3. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    This is what highlighting in Preview is like for me.
     

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  4. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    is this common??.. i didn't even change any settings in Preview, and i don't see an option to change highlighting shape.
     
  5. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

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    Sorry Hazel...I have never seen such a thing. Doesn't mean someone won't have a quick fix though...could just be some setting but I can't imagine what good it would do. It sure looks a bit TOO weird to be random in a way though.
     
  6. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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  7. harperjones99 macrumors 6502

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    Ha sorry I called you hazel....looked too fast at your name. That could be insulting ;)
     
  8. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea.. i'm gonna cry about the highlighting thing.. but not hazel haha.
     
  9. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Can you select text properly in a PDF?

    Does the problem appear on all PDF files, or just that one? (Could possibly be a bad PDF, though I've never seen anything like that before.)
     
  10. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Selecting individual words or sentences are fine. I'm basically looking at PDF files for school work. I noticed that they happen mostly in Powerpoint documents converted to PDF, but if i highlight PDF files that were Word documents or Articles, it's fine.

    You guys should try it out!
     
  11. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    It sounds, then, like you're getting PDF files that have been badly/wrongly converted from PowerPoint. Why don't you attach one of these files (or a page thereof) here so someone else can check whether that's the problem?
     
  12. DRbadger macrumors newbie

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    I have the same thing happening with my PDFs that have been converted from PPTs too. Just so you know you're not crazy.
     
  13. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    So it's not a unique problem, it seems. I don't suppose you could post a page (or whole PDF) that demonstrates the problem, DRbadger? Not that it'll necessarily help anybody fix anything, but I and I'm curious what the heck could be going on with those files to cause such a weird symptom.
     
  14. kaku945 macrumors newbie

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    sorry to reply an early post. I have encountered the exactly same problem... very weird.

    I know how my problem occurred. but don't know how to fix it.
    1. I OCRed the doc in acrobat adobe... at this point highlighting with preview is totally fine. but then the file won't scroll smoothly in preview because the different engine used.
    2. So I printed the file into a pdf in Preview. The file scrolls smoothly but all the highlighting is in that weird shape. very annoying.
     
  15. sammich macrumors 601

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    Does going to print, then saving that as a PDF and then highlighting in that new PDF solve the problem?
     
  16. kaku945 macrumors newbie

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    Saving the file as a new pdf in preview is actually what caused my problem.

    another observation:
    1. When I am highlighting the text (left click being pressed), the text is still properly highlighted until the moment I release left click on my mouse.
    2. I don't think i've ever encountered this problem until the use of Snow Leopard with a new Preview.
     
  17. kaku945 macrumors newbie

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    Problem Solved. It must be kind of bug...

    1. Rotate any page in the pdf, then rotate it back...
    2. Save as... overwrite the original one.
    Hola!
     
  18. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

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    no sir,
    I think an update fixed it? i'm just trying it now, without changing any settings on the same pdfs and it works fine now.. i seriously have no clue why. ALL GOOD NOW!
     
  19. softwater macrumors newbie

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    My theory...

    Trying to highlight in a file authored in Acrobat and 'locked' or 'secured' from comments by the author seems to cause the problem. Other pdfs highlight normally.

    The solution: Do a 'save as' first. Trash the original file. Then you can highlight and save as normal in the new saved version.
     
  20. bmapes macrumors newbie

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    I tried this when I had the same problem on a converted pdf file and it worked fine, Thanks!!! (guess it fixes the bug)
     
  21. LukeMcKinley macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I've had the same problem recently and this solution fixed it. Although I'd just like to add for the next few people who will see this : the "Save as" function is now the "Export" function in the file menu.
     
  22. emmalillian macrumors newbie

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    This solution fixed it for me!!
     

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