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10.3: Use Preview to crop full-quality segments from PDFs Apps
The new Preview.app allows you to select a region of a given PDF or image for cropping or copying. If you select a segment of a PDF and copy it, you can then select File -> New From Clipboard (Command-N). This results in a full-quality PDF of the region you selected. This is very useful for citing diagrams from PDF documents without sacrificing quality. I use OmniGraffle to polish all my documents, and it allows you to include PDFs in your document at full quality. It even allows you to scale and rotate them without sacrificing print resolution.
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10.3: Use Preview to crop full-quality segments from PDFs
Authored by: MtnBiker on Nov 11, '03 07:04:02PM

Any workarounds for locked documents? Some government employee locked a public document and I can't copy it. To use the paragraph I wanted I had to use a screen capture. Doc is here http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/843/files/policies.pdf

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Hermosa Beach, CA USA



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10.3: Or try GKON
Authored by: gokubi on Nov 12, '03 01:31:41AM
The indispensable GraphicConverter from Lemkesoft is able to open PDFs as well and can be used to crop parts of documents. This feature is available in Versions 4.5 or higher. HTH, Gokubi

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10.3: Or try GKON
Authored by: garbanzito on Nov 17, '03 10:40:34AM

doesn't GraphicConvert render the PDF to a bitmap though?



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10.3: Or try GKON
Authored by: gokubi on Nov 18, '03 03:17:20AM

It seems so. But by doing it this way, GKON doesn't care for the rights of a PDF. Sometimes this might be the only chance to get something out of a PDF.
Aren't most PDFs made in a higher solution (300 or 600dpi) than the average monitor (72 or 96dpi)? This should allow to crop in fairly usable quality.



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10.3: Use Preview to crop full-quality segments from PDFs
Authored by: puffinry on Nov 12, '03 06:39:29AM

The obvious workaround for a locked document is
to unlock it. There are dozens of tools to do that:
google for "pdf decrypt" and the suchlike. I don't
know if there's a GUI tool for this, so it helps not
to be afraid of the command line. (But it's useful
to conquer that fear in any event.) Also I think
there might be legal issues if you're in the US,
but I'm no lawyer.



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10.3: Use Preview to crop full-quality segments from PDFs
Authored by: JohnnyMnemonic on Nov 11, '03 08:34:31PM

I didn't see how this was done until I found that you have to change from the "text" tool to the "select" tool under the Tools menu. And it doesn't appear to work with locked documents, and I don't suppose there's an easy way around that.

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10.3: Use Preview to crop full-quality segments from PDFs
Authored by: nolamike on Dec 09, '03 09:31:28PM
The cropped PDFs are not full quality if you have a high-res raster graphic in the PDF. In my experience such graphics get dropped to screen resolution.

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