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

Dec 13, 2011 - 5 Comments
Search Google from TextEdit

Mac OS X and several default apps have a built-in ability to quickly search the web. 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. The web browser will be set to Safari regardless of your default browser settings … Read More

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

Oct 31, 2011 - 25 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 - 7 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 scans or dubious quality PDF’s this makes them significantly easier to read. Open the PDF with Preview From the ‘File’ menu, choose “Export” Click on the “Quartz Filter” drop-down menu and choose “Lightness Decrease” Choose “Save” … 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 - 40 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 - 4 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 - 8 Comments
Create new image from clipboard

With 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 images … 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

Immediately Resize, Rotate, and Flip Images via Command Line with sips

Jul 13, 2010 - 9 Comments
sips command line image modification tool

You can resize, rotate, or flip any image file via the Mac’s Terminal using the powerful command line sips tool. Manipulating images with sips is practically instantaneous, and if you need to quickly resize, rotate, or flip an image file and want to stay within the command line, it can definitely beat firing up a … Read More

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

Jul 10, 2010 - 262 Comments
transfer photos from iphone

You can easily transfer Photos from your iPhone to your computer, and the process is very similar whether you are on a Mac or PC. The Mac treats the iPhone like a digital camera, and Windows can treat the iPhone as either a digital camera or a file system, depending on how the photos are … Read More

Get iPhone Photo GPS & Geolocation Data

Jul 6, 2010 - 6 Comments
iphone picture gps data

If you want to know exactly where a photo was taken with an iPhone, the actual image file can often tell you that thanks to it’s embedded GPS and geolocation data. This is often referred to as Geotagging, and it’s a little known feature that is used on almost all smartphone cameras by default, including … Read More

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