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Shrink Illustrator PDF File Sizes with ShrinkIt

Apr 29, 2010 - Leave a Comment
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ShrinkIt is a handy little app that greatly reduces the file size of Illustrator generated PDF’s. Created as an internal tool, the developers over at Panic realized that PDF files saved from Adobe Illustrator were loaded with loads of extra nonsense metadata, even patterns, preview bitmaps, swatches, creating enormous PDF file sizes when they should … Read More

View PSD files without Photoshop in Mac OS X

Mar 7, 2010 - 7 Comments
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You can view .PSD Adobe Photoshop files directly in Mac OS X with no additional software, thanks to Quick Look and Preview. To get a fast preview of a PSD file, simply select the document within the Finder and hit the Spacebar to launch the PSD file rendered in Mac OS X’s very own Quick … Read More

Force Preview to Open an Image File on Mac

Feb 24, 2010 - 1 Comment

Preview is one of my favorite Mac apps, but recently was refusing to open some image files for what seemed like no reason. I wasn’t even able to drag the image file onto the Preview icon to open it, which is usually something that works if the Open menu doesn’t. I know the images … Read More

Convert Images in Mac OS X: JPG to GIF, PSD to JPG, GIF to JPG, BMP to JPG, PNG to PDF, and more

Jan 24, 2010 - 35 Comments
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You can convert many different image file formats in Mac OS X for free using the included Preview application, there’s no need to download additional tools or do anything overly complex. As of any somewhat modern version of OS X, the Mac Preview app supports the following file types and will convert between any of … Read More

How to Delete Pages in a PDF Document with Preview on Mac OS X

Jan 20, 2010 - 5 Comments
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You can delete specific pages from a PDF file with the built-in Mac Preview app, available in all versions of OS X. This is really useful for paring down large PDF documents if you only need a few select pages, and learning how to delete specific pages from PDF files is bound to make any … Read More

Convert PNG to JPG or Convert JPG to PNG

Jan 12, 2010 - 15 Comments
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Converting a PNG file to JPG, or converting JPEG to PNG, is really easy in Mac OS X. You can use the built-in Preview utility to perform the file format change, and Preview is a great choice since it’s bundled with all versions of OS X, meaning it does not matter what version of software … Read More

Batch Resize Images on Mac with Preview

Dec 16, 2009 - 37 Comments
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You can easily batch resize groups of images within Mac OS X by using the included Preview app, that is, taking a group of pictures set at one or various resolutions, and collectively resize them all together in a group to a new resolution, outputting either as the same file or as a new file … Read More

How to Flip & Rotate Pictures in Mac OS X with Preview

Dec 4, 2009 - 7 Comments
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The OS X Preview application has a a few little known image adjustment features for rapid image orientation flipping or rotation that are quite powerful, and if you’re looking to make quick adjustments to rotate a picture or mirror vertically or horizontally the general orientation of any image file, a great Mac app to do … Read More

Preview Not Saving JPG Rotation? Use Exif Data to Fix Rotated Image Display

Aug 14, 2009 - 4 Comments
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I was driving myself up the wall recently trying to figure out why the Mac would not save my image rotations when I exported a picture from Preview in OS X, so in looking for a solution I stumbled onto our friend MurphyMac‘s site and found a solution! Basically after you have rotated the … Read More

Four Great Uses for Preview App Full Screen Mode in OS X

Apr 19, 2007 - 21 Comments
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Preview is the default application to open just about any image or PDF file on your Mac, it’s a great program that blows anything comparable in the Windows world out of the water. One of the greatly underused features of Preview is the ability to view images and PDF files in full screen mode. Entering … Read More

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