Adobe Reader Vs Preview For Mac

One of the beauties of owning a Mac is Preview. Preview is a simple application for viewing images and PDFs in Mac OS X. Preview uses Apple’s implementation of Adobe’s PDF specification.

It’s also Apple’s default PDF reader. And while it’s no substitute for Adobe Acrobat Pro as a PDF document creator and editor, it has some useful talents of its own. Preview wouldn’t. Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is well known and includes lots of useful features. With PDF being the standard today courtesy of Adobe, you can expect that their Reader will get the job done. You can use it as a Preview alternative for macOS 10.15 Catalina. Apart from being a reader, you can use it to comment, sign, and fill PDFs. Foxit Reader is another top-tier alternative to the Adobe Reader, and comes with many of the features that Sumatra PDF lacks. As a trade-off, it is neither as lightweight, nor as fast, but is perhaps, the best option if you want anything more than barely opening and reading PDF documents. Preview is a very basic multi-format viewer with a few added tools. Adobe Reader is a dedicated PDF viewer created by the company who holds the keys to the document format. If you want the latest cutting edge features of PDF and consistent presentation, use Adobe Reader.

The crazy thing is I’ve found a lot of people either don’t know it exists, don’t know it works with PDFs or they are using Adobe Reader/Acrobat instead. Probably mostly the latter. Personally, I’ve always found the Adobe PDF products to be really bloated and heavy-weight for such a simple task as reading and highlighting PDFs.

I’ve also heard a number of people complain about how they can’t copy/paste text from some PDFs using Reader/Acrobat because the PDF is locked. I’ve heard a couple students in my classes say this about Harvard Business Review cases they’ve paid for and downloaded. I downloaded the same cases and had no trouble with copy/paste when using Preview. I have run into trouble before on other PDFs that were locked with a password, but none of my HBR cases have given me any grief when I use Preview. Tip of the day: Stop using Acrobat or Reader. USE PREVIEW.

There are a lot of other nifty things you can do with Preview that I think are worth mentioning. One of the most important using Preview to preview documents and images without actually opening the application. Novel idea, right? All you do is navigate to the text file, Word doc, Excel spreadsheet, PowerPoint/Keynote presentation, image or whatever it is you want to preview and press SPACEBAR. Preview will render the file in pop-up. Press SPACEBAR again to kill the pop-up. Pure genius.

Another one of the most basic use cases is to use the Rectangular Selection tool to outline the section of an image you want and then crop it (Cmd+K OR Tools >> Crop). Most of the time you probably don’t need to open Photoshop to do that. And instead of cropping screenshots, just use Cmd+Shift+4.

You can use gestures to zoom in (pinch-in and -out). You can also rotate images or pages (rotate your finger + thumb). One of my cases had horizontal text, so instead of turning my head or my computer, I simply rotated the page.

You can manipulate the brightness, contrast, saturation, exposure and other elements of photos (Cmd+Alt+C OR Tools >> Adjust Color…). Granted, Preview isn’t as powerful as Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop, but it gets the job done for simple projects you don’t care about getting professional with (e.g. publishing a picture to the web for a blog post or sending a photo in an email to the fam).

Preview will also allow you to view all the Exif data/information about a photo through the Inspector tool (Cmd+I OR Tools >> Show Inspector). This is perfect for comparing aperture f-stop, shutter speed and ISO for the photos you just took. Just whip out the SD card in your camera, plug it into your MacBook, launch Preview and compare the photos. Or maybe it’s been a while since you took the shots and you want to see what made the difference between two photos of the same scene.

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Another cool trick you can read about is creating a digital signature based on your written signature for digital documents using the camera on your Mac. You can read about how to create signatures using Preview from the Mac Observer.

One final thing worth noting is that with the release of Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Preview saves files in versions and the “Save As…” functionality no longer exists strictly speaking. Instead you have to duplicate a file and then save it with a new name. This might seem confusing and silly, but versioning is actually kind of cool, once you get the hang of it. I won’t discuss how to get around it, but you can read more about how to bring back “Save As” in Lion from Mac OS X Tips.

Preview User Guide

You can open PDFs and images in Preview, change how documents are shown in the Preview window, and get information about the files.

Open PDFs and images

You can double-click a PDF or image file to open it by default in Preview. You can also open Preview and select the files you want to view.

  1. In the Preview app on your Mac, choose File > Open.

  2. Locate and select the file or files you want to open, then click Open.

    Tip: To open a file you’ve worked on recently, choose File > Open Recent.

To open a document in iCloud Drive, click iCloud Drive in the Finder sidebar, then double-click the PDF to open it. See Use iCloud Drive to store documents.

From the desktop, you can also select a file or files, then choose File > Open With > Preview.

If you open multiple files at the same time, you can set them to open in the same Preview window or open in tabs.

View PDFs or images

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When you open a PDF with multiple pages, you can view thumbnails of all the pages in the sidebar.

  1. In the Preview app on your Mac, open a PDF or image that you want to view.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Show thumbnails: Choose View > Thumbnails or View > Contact Sheet.

    • Show a document’s table of contents (if it has one): Choose View > Table of Contents.

    • Close the sidebar: Choose View > Hide Sidebar.

    • Show pages in a continuous scroll: Choose View > Continuous Scroll.

    • Show one page at a time: Choose View > Single Page.

    • Show two pages side by side: Choose View > Two Pages.

    • Scroll pages: Swipe up or down on the trackpad using two fingers.

    • Go to a specific page: Click a thumbnail, or choose Go > Go to Page.

    • Go to the previous or next page: Click the Previous button or the Next button in the Preview toolbar. (If you don’t see the buttons, choose View > Customize Toolbar, then add them.) If your Mac has a Force Touch trackpad, you can accelerate through the previous or next pages by pressing and holding the button, then adding pressure; the more firmly you press, the faster you move through the pages.

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Change how thumbnails are shown

If a window sidebar contains multiple PDFs, you may have trouble finding a particular document. You can collapse a PDF’s page thumbnails so you see only the PDF’s filename.

  1. In the Preview app on your Mac, open a PDF or image that you want to view.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • View thumbnails: Choose View > Thumbnails or View > Contact Sheet.

    • Sort thumbnails: Control-click a thumbnail, then choose an item from the Sort By submenu in the shortcut menu.

      The thumbnails are sorted by file. You can’t sort PDF page thumbnails within a PDF.

    • Change the size of the thumbnails: Choose View > Thumbnails, then drag the sidebar’s separator to the left or right to change the width of the sidebar.

    • Collapse or expand PDF thumbnails: Click the arrow next to the PDF’s filename in the sidebar.

View information about PDFs or images

You can use the inspector to view information about a document or image, such as file size, the author’s name, and the image resolution.

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  1. In the Preview app on your Mac, open a PDF or image that you want to view.

  2. Choose Tools > Show Inspector, then do any of the following:

    • Get general file information: Click the General Info Inspector button .

    • View keywords: Click the Keywords Inspector button . See Assign keywords to a PDF or image.

    • View a list of annotations: Click the Annotations Inspector button . To display an annotation, double-click it. See Annotate a PDF or Annotate an image.

    • View encryption and permission information in a PDF: Click the Encryption Inspector button . See Password-protect a PDF.

    • View cropping information in a PDF: When using a selection tool, click the Crop Inspector button to view the dimensions of the content you’re selecting, then choose a unit of measurement that’s displayed in the Crop Inspector window. See Crop or rotate a PDF in Preview on Mac.

    • View information about an image: Click the More Info Inspector button . See See where a photo was taken.

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Zoom in or out

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  1. In the Preview app on your Mac, open a PDF or image that you want to view.

  2. Do any of the following:

    • Zoom in or out: Choose View > Zoom In or View > Zoom Out. On some trackpads, you can pinch your thumb and index finger closed or open on the trackpad. See Use trackpad and mouse gestures.

    • View the original size of a page or image: Choose View > Actual Size.

    • Zoom to a particular section of a PDF or image: Choose Tools > Rectangular Selection, select the section, then choose View > Zoom to Selection. To see the document at actual size again, choose View > Actual Size.

    • View a page at a specific percentage of its original size: Type a percentage in the Scale field in the toolbar.

      If you don’t see the Scale field, choose View > Customize Toolbar, then drag the Scale field to the toolbar.

    • Magnify an area in a PDF or image: Choose Tools > Show Magnifier, then move the pointer over the area you want to magnify. To stop magnifying, choose Tools > Hide Magnifier or press the Esc key.

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