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Batch Rotate a Group of Images with Preview for Mac OS X

May 11, 2012 - 4 Comments
Batch rotate a group of images with Preview for Mac OS X

If you have a group of pictures which are orientated incorrectly that you need rotated either clockwise or counterclockwise, you can do that in Mac OS X without any third party apps. Bulk rotation of images can be accomplished quickly with the help of the bundled Preview app, we’ll show you how to use the … Read More

How to Install the Older Preview App from Snow Leopard in Mac OS X Lion

Jan 27, 2012 - 44 Comments
Snow Leopard Preview running in OS X Lion

Preview in Mac OS X Lion brought with it several improvements and new features like digital signatures, but it also removed some very useful abilities like the file size estimator, Save As, and added the sometimes obnoxious Auto-Save. If you miss the old version of Preview from Snow Leopard, and you either have a Mac … Read More

Convert a PDF to JPG with Preview in Mac OS X

Dec 13, 2011 - 27 Comments
Convert a PDF file to JPG

Preview is an often underused Mac OS X app that can handle a lot of file and image conversion tasks without the need for downloading any third party tools. Preview also happens to be the default PDF viewer in Mac OS X, and as such it can be used to easily convert any PDF file … Read More

Search the Web from Mac OS X Finder, TextEdit, and Preview

Dec 13, 2011 - 5 Comments
Search Google from TextEdit

Mac OS X and many default apps have a built-in ability to quickly search the web. To quickly search the web, just highlight any text in the Finder, Preview, or TextEdit, and then hit Command+Shift+L to launch Safari with a Google search for the highlighted text selection.

Set the Default PDF Viewer in Mac OS X Back to Preview

Oct 31, 2011 - 42 Comments
Preview in Mac

If you’ve downloaded Adobe Acrobat on the Mac you’ve probably discovered that it takes over Preview as the default PDF viewer in OS X, which is annoying because Acrobat is slow to load and a fairly bloated application. Given that Preview comes bundled with Mac OS X, is extremely fast, and quite efficient at viewing … Read More

Increase the Contrast of a PDF to Sharpen & Darken Text

Oct 24, 2011 - 13 Comments
Increase text contrast of a PDF to make it easier to read

With Preview you can adjust the contrast of a PDF, this makes the text sharper and darker, and for scanned files or dubious quality PDF’s this makes them significantly easier to read. The process of increasing contrast and sharpening text in a PDF is made quite simple with Preview app on the Mac, we’ll walk … Read More

Use the Magnifying Glass Tool in Preview to Zoom Into Image Detail

Oct 3, 2011 - 10 Comments
Magnifying glass tool in Preview

Preview in OS X Lion has been updated to include a helpful magnification tool that follows the mouse cursor. To activate it, just hit the ~ (tilde) key with an image open in Preview, then by using the trackpad you can pinch or spread to increase or decrease the size of the magnifier. This is … Read More

You Can Capture & Save Screen Shots with Preview in Mac OS X

Sep 7, 2011 - 7 Comments
Capture Screenshots with Preview in OS X Lion

The Preview image editing and photo viewing app in Mac OS X includes the ability to capture screen shots directly within the application. The resulting images open directly into Preview rather than saving to the Mac desktop, allowing user changes to file size, resolution, color, and file format. There are three different screen capture modes … Read More

Sign PDF Files with a Digital Signature in Mac OS X Preview

Aug 17, 2011 - 41 Comments
Digital Signature in Mac OS X Lion

The newest versions of Mac OS X brings a revamped Preview app that includes the extremely useful Digital Signature feature built right in. Using your Macs built-in front facing iSight camera to capture your signature, Preview can keep multiple electronic signatures on file which can then be appended to PDF’s as needed, allowing for a … Read More

Extract & Save High Resolution Icons from Mac OS X Apps

Jul 1, 2011 - 6 Comments
Extract High Resolution Application Icons in Mac OS X

Using the same trick to create a new image file based on clipboard contents, you can extract high resolution icons from any Mac OS X application. Preview is smart enough to extract just the icon and not try to copy the app file itself (like Windows would). Select any app in Mac OS X Finder … Read More

Quickly Create a New Image File from Clipboard Contents with Preview

Jun 29, 2011 - 9 Comments
Create new image from clipboard

With Mac Preview you can quickly create a new image file from your clipboard contents. On it’s own that might not be too enthralling, but this feature extends beyond Preview, meaning any image that you have copied from anywhere using Command+C will work as the source image to create a new image file. This includes … Read More

Open Any man Page in Preview and Save as PDF

Sep 27, 2010 - 6 Comments
man page preview

If you’re tired of looking over a man (manual) page within the Terminal, you can use a nifty command sequence to launch any specified man page into the Preview app of Mac OS X. This is done by piping the standard man output into the open command and Preview. Launching the man Page into Preview … Read More

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