Take Control of Preview
Take Control of Preview


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Take Control of Preview

Last updated on 2016-08-10

About the Book

Apple bundles the Preview app with every Mac, but few people realize what it’s capable of. The Mac experts behind TidBITS, Adam Engst and Josh Centers, have plumbed Preview’s depths to create a cheerful, colorful book that explains dozens of techniques for importing, viewing, editing, and converting images in Preview. The book also puts you in control of reading, annotating, manipulating, and encrypting PDFs.

Packed with real-world examples and tips, the book teaches you to bring files into Preview from a camera or scanner (or just from the Finder). Once you discover Preview’s surprisingly capable collection of image-editing tools, you’ll soon be editing imported photos by tweaking the exposure, color saturation, sharpness, and more. You can even mark up your images up with circles, arrows, and text, plus numerous other shapes.

In the second part of the book, Adam and Josh focus on PDFs in Preview, describing how to configure Preview to make reading PDFs as fluid as possible. Since so many paper forms now come in PDF, the book shows you how to fill out PDF-based forms, complete with quick insertion of your digital signature. Those who read digital textbooks or who collaborate on documents will learn to annotate PDFs with highlights, notes, and bookmarks. You’ll even learn how to create PDFs from a scanner, the clipboard, and the Print dialog. Finally, Adam and Josh cover the two types of passwords you can use to protect your PDFs, explaining what each is good for.

Preview is a veritable Swiss Army Knife — don’t miss out on the many ways it can make your life easier!

Did you know that you can do all these things in Preview?

  • Import photos from your iPhone.
  • Scan paper-based documents and images.
  • Add a scanned page to an existing PDF.
  • Take a screenshot that includes the pointer.
  • Open hundreds of images in a single window.
  • Trash unwanted images with a keystroke.
  • Duplicate, rename, and move images without leaving Preview.
  • Play a manually arranged slideshow of images or PDF pages.
  • Create a PDF-based image catalog.
  • Resize and change the resolution of images.
  • Crop out undesirable content.
  • Mark up screenshots with shapes and text labels.
  • Magnify a portion of an image with a loupe.
  • Add text captions and speech bubbles to photos.
  • Tweak the white point and black point in photos.
  • Make photos sepia or black-and-white.
  • Edit a photo while comparing it to its original version.
  • Export to any one of 19 formats.
  • Create basic animated GIFs.
  • Put thumbnails, table of contents, notes, or bookmarks in your sidebar.
  • View search results by rank or page order.
  • Copy text and images from a PDF.
  • Highlight text just like you would in a college textbook.
  • Add notes to highlighted text and as freestanding objects.
  • Review notes in the sidebar or Annotations inspector.
  • Create bookmarks to pages you want to revisit quickly.
  • Annotate a PDF with customizable shapes and arrows.
  • Fill in PDF forms, whether or not they’re interactive.
  • Create and insert a digital version of your signature into PDF forms.
  • Add, remove, and rearrange pages in a PDF.
  • Rotate PDF pages that were scanned at the wrong orientation.
  • Encrypt PDFs so they can’t be opened, edited, printed, or copied from.

About the Authors

Adam C. Engst
Adam C. Engst

Adam C. Engst is the publisher of TidBITS, the oldest purely electronic publication on the Internet, which has helped innumerable readers since 1990. He has written numerous technical books, including the best-selling Internet Starter Kit series, and countless articles - thanks to Contributing Editor positions at MacUser, MacWEEK, and Macworld.

His innovations include the creation of the first advertising program to support an Internet publication in 1992, the first flat-rate accounts for graphical Internet access in 1993 (with Northwest Nexus for Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh), and the highly successful Take Control ebook series. In addition, he has collaborated on several Internet educational videos and has appeared on a variety of internationally broadcast television and radio programs.

His indefatigable support of the Macintosh community and commitment to helping individuals has resulted in numerous awards and recognition at the highest levels. In the annual MDJ Power 25 survey of industry insiders, he regularly ranked as one of the top five most influential people in the Macintosh industry. He has also been included on the MacTech 25 list of influential people in the Macintosh technical community, and he was named one of MacDirectory's top ten visionaries.

And how many other industry notables have their own action figure?

Josh Centers
Josh Centers

Josh Centers is the managing editor of TidBITS and a freelance writer who has contributed to several publications, including Macworld, The Magazine, Boing Boing, and The Sweethome. He has been featured on Daring Fireball, The Loop, TUAW, and Scientific American, and is a frequent guest on MacVoices and The Tech Night Owl.

When not writing about technology, Josh likes to cook, play video games, read comic books, shoot Nerf guns, and generally act like an overgrown child. He lives in Tennessee with his wife, Hannah, and their son, Harris.

Table of Contents

  • Read Me First
    • Updates and More
  • Introduction
  • Preview Quick Start
  • (Re)Acquaint Yourself with Preview
    • Make Sure Preview Opens Everything
    • Configure Preview Preferences
    • Tour and Customize the Main Toolbar
    • Tour the Markup Toolbar
    • Sharing from within Preview
    • What Preview Can’t Do with PDFs
  • Open and Import
    • Opening Images and Documents
    • Importing from the Clipboard
    • Importing from a Camera
    • Importing from a Scanner
    • Taking Screenshots
  • View and Manage Images
    • Navigating Images via the Sidebar
    • Viewing a Contact Sheet
    • Zooming Images
    • Viewing in Full-screen Mode
    • Playing an Image Slideshow
    • Examining Image Metadata
    • Managing Images
  • Edit Images
    • Selecting Content in Images
    • Copying, Pasting, and Deleting Image Content
    • Cropping Images
    • Resizing Images
    • Rotating Images
    • Inserting and Manipulating Basic Shapes
    • Using the Mask and Loupe Shapes
    • Adding Text to Images
    • Adjusting Colors
    • Remember Undo!
  • Convert and Export
    • Exporting to Other File Formats
    • Choosing a File Format
    • Encrypting PDFs
    • Working with Animated GIFs
  • Read PDFs
    • Tweaking the PDF View
    • Navigating Your PDFs
    • Searching within a PDF
    • Examining PDF Metadata
    • Copying Text and Images
  • Annotate PDFs
    • Highlighting Text
    • Adding Notes to a PDF
    • Quickly Viewing Highlights and Notes
    • Bookmarking a PDF
    • Adding Shapes and Text to a PDF
    • Working with Forms
    • Signing PDFs
  • Manipulate PDFs
    • Re-arranging, Deleting, and Adding Pages
    • Rotating Pages
    • Cropping Pages
    • Changing PDF Color
  • Create PDFs
    • Printing to PDF
    • Other Ways to Make PDFs
  • About This Book
    • Ebook Extras
    • About Josh Centers
    • About Adam Engst
    • About the Publisher
  • Copyright and Fine Print

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