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Re: Copy/paste selection of a pdf on Mac

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  • Subject: [mg99069] Re: Copy/paste selection of a pdf on Mac
  • From: "A. B." <functionalcoatings at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2009 01:37:28 -0400 (EDT)

In Apple Preview.app, Leopard (10.5), the menu View:PDf Display: has two
options, 'Media Box' and 'Crop Box'. If one selects and copies a portion of
a pdf and creates in Preview a new pdf from the clipboard, then View Crop
Box shows the selected part only while View Media Box shows the whole page.
It means that applications such as Apple Pages and Keynote (and also
TexShop) show the pasted portion of the pdf in Crop view, while Mathematica
shows the whole pasted pdf page, ie the 'Media view'.

A.B.


> I think this has more to do with Apple than Mathematica:
> 
> - Select a portion of a pdf file in Preview.app and copy to the clipboard,
> - Paste in Mathematica.
> 
> This results in the whole pdf page being pasted in Mathematica. Researching on
> the web showed that this same behaviour was observed with Keynote at some
> point but it has since been fixed.
> It has to do with a new so-called "non-destructive" way that Preview now uses
> for cropping. The application where the pasting is done needs to be made aware
> of this change on the part of Apple. Thus, on my 10.5.6 system, pasting works
> well with Pages and Keynote (iWork 9).
> A workaround is to paste in one of these applications, copy the pdf image and
> paste it in Mathematica. This works as expected.
> 
> Regards,
> A.B.



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