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Previewing Images and PDF’s

Need a quick way to view images, or possibly a Portable Document File (PDF)? No problem, Snow Leopard’s built-in PDF viewer, Preview, lets you quickly view graphics and PDF files with the click of a button. In fact, once you’ve opened a PDF document file, Preview lets you perform an improved indexed search (New!), select text (New!) and copy it to the clipboard, even view FAX documents using its built-in FAX support. The Preview application works to open any images or documents, which are not identified by another program, regardless of type. For example, double-clicking on a Photoshop document file (.psd) would open the image in Photoshop. However, if you double-click on a graphic file from your digital camera, chances are it would open in the Preview application. And the same would be true of a PDF document, if you owned Adobe Acrobat, or the Acrobat Reader application. When you open a PostScript or EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) file, Preview converts the file into the PDF format. You can open multiple PDFs in a single document window or import scan images in Preview (New!). If you want to adjust image size, you can use the Adjust Size command on the Tools menu for high-quality results (New!). If you want to add comments or annotations to a PDF, you can get easy access to the tools you need by using the Annotation toolbar (New!). If you want to see how images appear when printed, on the Web, or on a printing press, you can use Soft Proof with Profile to simulate the results (New!).

Set Preview Preferences

  • green1.jpg Click the Preview icon in the Dock.
  • green2.jpg Click the Preview menu, and then click Preferences.
  • green3.jpg Click any of the following icons to set Preview preferences:
    • General. Sets options to open files in a single or separate windows.

    • Images. Sets options for scaling images.

    • PDF. Sets options to for scaling PDFs, opening and viewing documents, and annotations.

    • Bookmarks. Allows you to remove bookmarks.

  • green4.jpg Click the Close button.

Preview Images and PDF’s

  • green1.jpg Click the Preview icon in the Dock.
  • green2.jpg Click the File menu, click Open, select one or more document or image files, and then click Open.
  • green3.jpg Click the Sidebar button to display it, if necessary.
  • green4.jpg To change the Sidebar display, click a view tools button:
    • Contact Sheet. Displays full page of thumbnails.

    • Thumbnails. Displays mini-images of the documents.

    • Table of Contents. Displays document titles.

    • Annotations. Displays a list of annotations.

  • green5.jpg To move between pages in a PDF document or another document, click the Previous or Next buttons or click an item in the Sidebar.
  • green6.jpg To increase or decrease the viewing size of the image, click the Zoom In or Zoom Out buttons.
  • green7.jpg To select a portion of a document or image, click a selection tool button (Move, Text, Select, or Select arrow), and then drag to select it.
    • To copy the selection, click the Edit menu, and then click Copy.
  • green8.jpg To modify a selected image, click the Tools menu, and then click Adjust Size or Adjust Color.
  • green9.jpg To draw or add notes on the document, click the Annotate button to display the Annotation toolbar (New!), and then use the tools.
  • green10.jpg To print, display the document or select a portion of it, click the File menu, and then click Print.
  • green11.jpg Save the document, and then quit Preview.
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