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How to Sign Documents with the Mac Trackpad Using Preview for OS X

Dec 4, 2014 - 10 Comments
Preview in Mac

The Mac Preview app has long included the ability to digitally sign documents with a signature, but up until the most recent versions of OS X, users had to basically sign a piece of paper and then use the Macs front-facing camera to ‘scan’ and digitize the signature. That has changed with OS X 10.10 … Read More

How to Remove the Adobe Acrobat Reader Plugin from Safari in Mac OS X

Oct 5, 2014 - 6 Comments
Delete the Adobe Acrobat Reader plugin in Safari

A variety of applications attempt to install Adobe Acrobat Reader into OS X, and many Mac users approve the installation and don’t think much of it. Typically when Acrobat Reader has been installed, it takes over the default PDF viewer that is built into Safari and uses a separate often slower Acrobat plugin for loading … Read More

How to Join Multiple PDF Files Into a Single PDF Document in Mac OS X

Jun 27, 2014 - 17 Comments
Join multiple PDF files into one in Mac OS X

If you have multiple PDF files that you want to combine into a single PDF file, you can rely on the Macs bundled Preview app to accomplish this. Not only can Preview combine a variety of single or multi-page PDF docs into a single file, you can even add images as pages, remove a page … Read More

How to Crop an Image in Mac OS X with Preview

Jun 16, 2014 - 5 Comments
Choose the rectangular crop tool

Cropping is an essential image editing function, helping to improve composition of a photo, to emphasize the focus of an image, or to reduce unnecessary parts of a picture. While many Mac users use third party tools to perform image cropping, no additional apps are needed to perform the task in OS X, because the … Read More

Reduce the File Size of PDF Documents with Preview in Mac OS X

Dec 12, 2013 - 8 Comments
Export a PDF to compress the file size in Preview app for Mac OS X

The PDF file format is ubiquitous for good reason, mostly because it allows for perfect preservation of a documents formatting, text, and other elements, but also because it allows for encrypted password protection of documents. But let’s face it, sometimes PDF files can be bloated, and something that should be 200k or less can be … Read More

Convert an Image into Black & White with Preview in Mac OS X

Sep 30, 2013 - 2 Comments
Black and white image conversion in Mac OS X with Preview app

Want to convert a color picture to a beautiful black and white version? Believe it or not, you don’t need any fancy apps like Adobe Photoshop, Pixelmator, or even iPhoto to convert images into black and white, all you need is Preview, which is the preinstalled basic image viewing Mac app that comes with OS … Read More

How to Add Text to Photos Easily Using Preview in Mac OS X

May 16, 2013 - 9 Comments
Add text to photos in Preview

Adding text to images is a fairly simple process to begin with that is made even easier with Preview, the basic image viewing app that is bundled on all Macs. Most people don’t think of Preview when they think of making adjustments and edits to pictures like this, but it works just fine, and because … Read More

Create a Contact Sheet of Thumbnails with Automator in Mac OS X

Apr 6, 2013 - 22 Comments
Generated Contact Sheet made through Services

Contact Sheets, often called Proof Sheets, are essentially columns and rows of image thumbnails, making a bunch of photos very easy to quickly review. Though they’re commonly used by photographers, they have a wide range of uses outside of the pro-photography world, from artists to designers to UI/UX engineers. Rather than creating a contact sheet … Read More

Make a Transparent Image (PNG or GIF) Easily with Preview for Mac OS X

Jan 27, 2013 - 11 Comments
Alpha tool

It’s extremely easy to make an image transparent with the help of Preview, the built-in image editing app that comes along with all Macs with OS X. Do note this works best on images with uniform colors in the area you want to become transparent. The more complicated the image and color variation, the more … Read More

Batch Image Conversion in Mac OS X the Easy Way with Preview

Jan 16, 2013 - 5 Comments
Batch convert image files in Mac OS X with Preview

Preview is a greatly under-appreciated app that has been bundled along with Mac OS X since the beginning, getting better and better with each OS X release. One quiet feature that has been around for a while is the ability to mass convert a group of pictures from one file type to another, often referred … Read More

How to Remove EXIF Data from Images Quickly

Dec 5, 2012 - 9 Comments
Remove EXIF data from an image

Photos taken with digital cameras, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, all include some level of EXIF data, which is basically metadata with information about the image. With pictures taken from the iPhone and other smartphones, that data can even include details like precise geographic coordinates where the image was taken, (though that’s easy … Read More

Add Speech Bubbles to Pictures with Preview in Mac OS X

Oct 5, 2012 - 2 Comments
Add speech bubbles to pictures in Mac OS X

The latest version of Preview app from OS X Mountain Lion onward feature a couple of fun menu items that let you quickly add comic book styled speech bubbles to any photo. It’s extremely easy to use, but it’s also easy to overlook, so here’s how to use them to add some humor to any … Read More

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