When Exporting A PDF File From Mac Preview App?

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When exporting a PDF file from Mac Preview app, the format of the text filled in the forms become distorted and awkward. How can one fix it?

The answer is “maybe”. With respect to text, there are several sorts of PDFs (in my experience; I’m no expert). One sort is just a text document which has been saved as a PDF; for those, you can highlight the text in the usual way (click and drag) — unless it has been “copy protected”. If that’s the issue, google around for possible ways to “unlock” it. A second sort is comprised of images (i.e. just “photographing” the pages). For those, there is simply no text to be highlighted — it’s like trying to copy the text off a billboard in a photo. If that’s the issue, perhaps you can manage some way to do OCR on the pages. A third sort is like the second, plus the image of the text has been somehow converted to a text stream, perhaps by some sort of OCR process, or simply by a person reading the text content of the image and keying it in. That text is then put on an “invisible” layer which resides behind the image, overlapping the visible (but uncopyable) image of the text. This may seem silly, but it allows presentation of the document with its visible appearance being that of the original, while allowing copying (by making use of the content of the “invisible” layer). This sort of PDF should allow click-drag copying, although the highlighted area may not align exactly with the visible text.

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If you click on a particular area of the visible text, its highlighted contents may appear in the same place in the displayed text (depending on the font chosen, and the alignment of the document and image). In fact, for me, the invisibility is most acute when hovering over documents which are written in the same font as one's system. For example, if I am reading a document authored in Times Roman, the highlighted text becomes, in my view, indistinguishable from the visible text: it is invisible behind the hidden text, just like it is invisible in the visible text, and clicking on anything in the highlighted text will cause the same results as clicking on the visible text. Even if the invisible text is the visible text (in this case, the hidden text), and if it is in a size which can be reproduced in a PDF, it still appears.

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