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Poobah
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Friends,
I have Acrobat Pro 9 installed on my desktop and one laptop computer. Would like a cheaper, basic app for my 2nd laptop (2012 MacBook Pro, OS 10.10.5) Have been using iSkysoft PDF Editor Pro, but it leaves a lot to be desired. Crashes a lot. I've lost patience.

I use Acrobat quite a lot for reading, highlighting, bookmarking downloaded public domain stuff, maybe some links within a document. Otherwise don't use the super-advanced features. Any ideas?

Reader DC keeps wanting to egg you into the cloud subscription version.

Thanks for ideas. (Amazon has Acrobat 2017 listed, but at about $439. I wouldn't qualify for the student-teacher edition.)


"For what is age but youth's full bloom,
A riper, more transcendent youth" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
 
Posts: 2066 | Location: West Bloomfield MI USA | Registered: June 13, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Genius
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Try Apple's own Preview app. It will let you do just about everything to a PDF. I actually prefer it for some things, and have it set as the default PDF app on my iMac, even though I have Acrobat Pro.


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Posts: 3765 | Location: Redford, MI | Registered: June 10, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Jedi Knight
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I didn't know Preview was that useful.
 
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Genius
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I even use it to resize photos, adjust saturation, exposure, etc. It's fast and handy. And, of course, the price is right. Free.


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The downside...
A PDF viewed in Preview might not
display all of the content of that PDF.
Content that will display in Acrobat.
That’s why I avoid Preview opening PDFs.
 
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Genius
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I've never seen that happen, Chita. Can you give me an example of data that might not display properly?


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I’ve created PDFs from some high-end
programs like InDesign or Photoshop,
where all of the content did not show
up when the PDF was viewed in Preview.
 
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Genius
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I use InDesign to produce everything from an 8-page newsletter to multi-page restaurant menus to raffle tickets and have never had a problem. It's possible that you didn't have InDesign set to embed fonts in the document.


"I really need a new tagline"
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No. My InDesign settings are good.
Some fonts, but mainly graphical content
did not display or did not display correctly.
I don't know if Preview just isn't robust enough.
But, I saw the occurrence enough times (and not just
on my PDFs) to justify keeping Preview from opening my PDFs.
Prior to that discovery, I used Preview often. It does
have some great features. But, this is not a happening
that I can work with.
 
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Jedi Master
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While Preview app might falter under some higher end challenges, it is an underrated resource for many users' day to day needs. I use it frequently for some photo tweaking and cropping; it has many tools for annotating PDFs (add text, underline, highlighting, etc. A most useful function is the easy ability to add a signature to a document.
OSX Daily has a number of articles on available operations using Preview.
 
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Poobah
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Thanks all - I've read about Preview's pdf features, but haven't really tried them seriously. Will take a look.


"For what is age but youth's full bloom,
A riper, more transcendent youth" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
 
Posts: 2066 | Location: West Bloomfield MI USA | Registered: June 13, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
Poobah
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Heavens! The OSXDaily linked by Chuck has articles on Preview/pdf going back to 2013 (see "next page") - Also the numerous tips for images. ! Where have I been! Thanks Chuck. Again - all who contributed here.
PS: Apple Support page https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201740


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