Preview App (or the like) - Split screen view

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MNSaxMan, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. MNSaxMan macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2008
    I'm very pleased with Preview's annotation capabilities and the fact that colleagues can view my annotations using Acrobat Reader on their Windows machines. However, most of the pdf's I read and annotate have figures on one page and the description of the figures on separate pages. I would like to be able to read the text description (in one window) while also viewing the figure (in a second window).

    For example, in Word or OpenOffice, two windows for the same document can be opened under the "Window" menu and selecting "New Window". I don't believe Preview has this capability.

    I thought about having two copies of every pdf to do this, but this is not a very elegant solution. Mac solutions should be elegant, right?

    Any thoughts on how I can accomplish this would be greatly appreciated.
  2. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    You could try right clicking and selecting 'two pages continuous'. I'm not sure if the thing will line up for you though.

    The best bet is to click a page that you want in your 'new window' then press 'CMD + C' and 'CMD + N' - this will give you a new PDF document with the page you copied in it. After this, it's just a matter of copying all the pages you want from the old PDF into the new one.

    One of Apple's Quicktips shows you how to do this. Check out the 'Apple Quick Tips' podcast Tip 54 in iTunes. That'll help ;)
  3. jujutsuka macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2009
    The best trick is to open your pdf document with multiple applications. For example while writing my thesis, i open my thesis pdf with preview, with an old version of TexShop, and also with a new version of TexShop that I also have installed (which actually does allow split screen for pdf views). I can also open the same pdf with Safari and Quicktime, so that in total I can have upwards of 6 or 7 views of my pdf on different pages. works like a charm
  4. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    Skim does the trick. And it's free.

  5. Dent007 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2011
    The option to create a new window is File/Take Snapshot.

    If you keep selecting back into the main window, you can take several snapshots.

    I suspect that snapshots cannot do annotation, etc, which the main window can.

    Left and right arrows, for page-up/page-down do not work in the main window, but command-left/right does, but even command-left/right does not work in the snapshot windows. C'est la vie.

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