PDF creation/editing - best software for mac?

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  1. CALinCA macrumors newbie

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    I"m switching over from a Windows computer. All of my windows software is old -- should I stick with Adobe Acrobat? Thanks.
     
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Any app can create a PDF from its print dialog box, so no "creation" utility needed, unless you're making advanced things like forms or whatnot.
     
  3. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    Apple's OS is natively capable of running and producing PDFs. To produce a PDF all you need to do is select print and then select PDF in the drop-down menu on the print dialogue box.
     
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  5. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm trying to insert pdf pages into a pdf

    If there is a way to do it without buying software, that would be great!
     
  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Depends on the kind of PDFs you need to produce. OS X's built-in PDF engine isn't up to certain prepress standards.
     
  7. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just want to email one document

    I have OS X on a relatively new MacBook. I cannot tell that it deals with pdf at all. I downloaded Adobe Reader which will not let me insert pages.
     
  8. Sky Blue Guest

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    Yes, Preview will let you insert pages.
     
  9. emw macrumors G4

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    In Leopard? I don't have that feature in Tiger, that I can find.

    Automator also has a built-in action to combine PDF files.
     
  10. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Can you tell me how to do it?

    I'm in Preview and cannot figure it out or find info in Help. Thanks!
     
  11. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    i'm having a brain fart but i did a thread on PDFs and someone recommond some freeware that was really good. My mind is crapping out at the moment. Do a search and hopefully it will come up.
     
  12. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Used freeware called "Combine PDFs"

    It was a little cluncky because I had to close out completely between merged documents, but worked great, otherwise. I was combining coverpages to expense receipts. My bank account thanks you all profusely!
     
  13. Sky Blue Guest

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    Yup

    Nope
     
  14. Sky Blue Guest

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    If you open the 2 PDFs, and have the sidebar showing, you can drag pages from one sidebar to the other. You can also delete/re-order pages in the PDF.
     
  15. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The current version of Adobe Acrobat Professional is 8.1.1. It is my understanding that it has some issues with with Leopard. I haven't yet upgraded to Leopard so I can't verify this based on personal knowledge. Adobe offers a cut-down version of Acrobat Pro called Acrobat Standard. You may also look at PDF Office by Universe Software GmbH.
     
  16. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not working on my Preview

    There must be something wrong. I cannot drag the pages. Also, in the Edit menu, the only thing that is highlighted is COPY. I cannot paste or do anything else. Thanks.
     
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  18. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes.

    Too bad for me, eh?
     
  19. nemex macrumors regular

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    Are you sure the PDF's you are playing with are unprotected? I'm using Leopard and I just dragged a page from one file to the other. :apple:
     
  20. Sky Blue Guest

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    huh? :confused:
     
  21. CALinCA thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unprotected.

    And isn't Leopard the newest OSX? Perhaps it has bugs?? This stuff is usually really simple for me. Somethng is not right...
     
  22. callipygia600 macrumors newbie

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    Inserting pages into Preview

    Yes, but it's not documented how to do it. Really easy. Drag files from the Finder into the place in the thumbnails in the Preview sidebar where you want to insert the file.
     
  23. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    If you don't have permissions to modify either PDF document then you need to change the permissions to "read/write."
     

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