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10.3: Select columnar text in Preview Apps
I really, really wanted Preview to replace Acrobat Reader IN Panther since version 6 of Acrobat is so slow. Yes, version 5 works fine and is fast when rendering, but I have grown addicted to the incredibly useful (and ironically, fast) contextual find in version 6. Anyway, Pather's Preview was going to be the best of both worlds, so I stumbled along until this week.

I had a moment of panic during my first session with Pather's Preview, because the text select tool didn't handle a multi-column document properly. It selected lines across columns, instead of staying within them. Reader has a separate tool button to do this kind of selection that Preview didn't have.

But, I was pleasantly surprised when Option-drag duplicated this behavior! Sure enough, the Preview help documents this behavior. Option-drag will also potentially preserve line breaks in a 'normal' text flow, in case you want them retained in your copy/paste.
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Selecting text across pages in Preview???
Authored by: tsharvey17 on Nov 02, '03 09:30:47PM

But what about selecting text across pages in Preview? This apparently doesn't work (at least I haven't figured it out) which is a very annoying limitation requiring me to open the PDF in Acrobat. Am I missing something?



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10.3: Select columnar text in Preview
Authored by: masskinner on Nov 03, '03 08:33:56AM

Anyone notice that Preview now antialiases everything, and there is no way to turn this feature off other than for PDF documents. In the old pre-Panther Preview, you could disable antialiasing for everything. What Apple should have done is allow you the option of disabling antialias for a given filetype. That way you could decide what kind of files get what kind of treatment.



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