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Faster three-finger swipe navigation of PDFs in Preview Laptop Macs
If you have a laptop that supports multitouch gestures, you probably are aware of the fact that a three-finger swipe in Preview will go to the next or previous page in a PDF. But you may be annoyed at how Preview insists on animating each page switch with a small scrolling action. This can make it very slow to scroll through a document -- almost as slow as regular two-finger scrolling.

Fortunately, there is a solution: use a three-finger swipe in the sidebar. When you swipe in the sidebar, the pages will change instantly, without any animation. This works no matter what mode the sidebar is in (table of contents or thumbnails). And if you are in contact sheet mode, three-finger swiping will navigate you through the contact sheet.

I can only test this in 10.6, and I didn't discover it until I was running 10.6, so I don't know if it works in 10.5 or not.

[robg adds: My MBP is also 10.6-only now, so I can't test in 10.5 either. If you can, please post in the comments.]
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Faster three-finger swipe navigation of PDFs in Preview
Authored by: Stormchild on Nov 06, '09 08:03:33AM

Meh, the sliding animation isn't really a problem. If scroll speed is really your concern, just set the display to single or two-page (not continuous) and use your scrollwheel (or two finger swipe up/down), as it's faster than either of these methods.



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Faster three-finger swipe navigation of PDFs in Preview
Authored by: asmeurer on Jul 19, '10 03:58:45PM

It's not just scroll speed. If you looking at a presentation slides in a pdf where each page adds a bullet point to the slide, you want to switch from page to page without animation so you can easily see what changes slide-to-slide.

And if you are on an older computer that has difficulty showing animation, my way may very well be faster than even regular scrolling.



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Faster three-finger swipe navigation of PDFs in Preview
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Nov 06, '09 08:34:27AM

I still use 10.5.x*. Using the 3-finger swipe in the document pane and the sidebar both show the animated scrolling movement. Of course, you can always click in the sidebar, and hit the down/up arrow, and it goes to the next/previous page without animation (BTW, does this qualify as a hint? ;-).

* Perhaps after 10.6.2 is released, and quashes the disappearing Users folder content (d'oh!) I'll upgrade?

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Other old shortcuts
Authored by: MJCube on Nov 06, '09 03:05:59PM

This is probably documented, but just to gather these things here in one place: Also, all along Preview has supported left & right arrows to jump to the next or previous page (no smooth scrolling), as long as the full width of the page is visible, i.e. no horizontal scroll bar. And if the page is wider than the window, Command left & right arrows will still do it.



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Faster three-finger swipe navigation of PDFs in Preview
Authored by: elspub on Nov 09, '09 04:14:20PM

I use multiclutch ( http://is.gd/4Ri97 ) to control how my trackpad interacts with a lot of apps. In preview, I've got three-finger swiping up/down mapped to "Next" and "Previous", which don't use animation.

Left/Right swiping still uses the animated page scrolling, but for quick movement to the next half-page (which is what Next and Previous do), the down and up swiping is great.

MultiClutch rocks. If you have Snow Leopard installation is a bit trickier, there's a fork which uses SIMBL, and works great in SL in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes. http://is.gd/4Rie1



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Faster three-finger swipe navigation of PDFs in Preview
Authored by: asmeurer on Nov 11, '09 08:51:18AM

Check out BetterTouchTool (http://blog.boastr.net/). It works without SIMBL and supports 4-finger swipes and Magic Mouse, among other great things.



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