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ericcartman Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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May 9, 2011 3:11 AM

the page numbers in preview at the top of the window dont match the page numbers in the pdf. this creates a number of problesm for me. my question is whether there is any way to make them match, eg by editing the preview page numbers. thank you .

macbook pro 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Duane Valencia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 7:56 AM (in response to ericcartman)

    I don't have an anwer for you, but am very keen to hear if you've come up with a solution.... I just posted a similar question as well.  (Funny how I SEARCH for this and can't find it, but once I post it, it comes up with 5 or so similar threads in the MORE LIKE THIS pane)...

     

    Duane

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Jan 3, 2012 7:47 PM (in response to ericcartman)

    ericcartman wrote:

     

    whether there is any way to make them match, eg by editing the preview page numbers.

    No. The page numbers on the actual page are put there by the application which created the PDF. If they differ from the page numbers in the PDF file, there's nothing that can be done, other than creating the PDF file again, or by editing the PDF file with a tool such as Adobe Acrobat.

  • Tim Bobo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Feb 20, 2012 1:57 PM (in response to ericcartman)

    This is not a total solution, but it will help you out if your problem is similar to mine.   Preview in LION has a great feature of letting you delete pages from a PDF.  In the PDF I was using, there were about 7 pages of Table of Contents information before they got to what they were labeling as page 1.  I simply made a duplicate of the PDF I was working with and then deleted the first 7 pages.  Then I closed the document and re-opened it in preview.  Walla.  The page numbers matches.... saving me much headach and frustration.

     

    I did not need the TOC pages, as the PDF had a good outline view I could use to navigate to specific chapters.  But now when I made notes of page numbers for the project I was working on, I would not mess up and put the wrong one in my notes.

     

    If you need the TOC, you can save it as a seperate file, and have it up side by side.  And when you look up the page number, it will be easier to find.

     

    Apple should really allow for this and let you specify a spot on each page that it will look for "page Number" text.  Then dispaly this text instead of just dumbly labeling everything as 1,2,3,4.  That way books with page numbering like 1-4, 1-5, 2-1, 2-1  would still work.

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 20, 2012 5:10 PM (in response to Tim Bobo)

    Tim Bobo wrote:

     

    Preview in LION has a great feature of letting you delete pages from a PDF.

    This is available in SL; also, I believe, in Leopard (of course, if the PDF file is not protected).

    Walla.

    Walla walla.

    Apple should really allow for this

    Apple is not in charge of the PDF specification.

  • Tim Bobo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:53 AM (in response to fane_j)

    I am sorry, I must have not been communciating clearly.  I am not suggesting a chagne to the PDF specifications.  I am suggesting Apple implement more of the specificaion to allow us to manipulate non-copy protected PDF files so they are easier to use in preview.  There are a variety of tools that do this, and Preview should be one of them.

     

    One nice UI way to do this would be to tell preview to look in a certain spot to find the correct page numbering, and then intellegently update the document.

     

    It would be nice if every PDF author took the time to set up their document with proper page numbering.  But in reality, they don't... probably because the process in most tools can be combersome.

     

    http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20-TECHS/PDF17.html

     

    But the specifications allow for it.  It would just be nice for Preview to become the easy tool to fix non-copy protected documents. If paperless is really going to fully take over, end users need this basic functionality at their fingertips to optimally fully productive.

     

    And on a similar note. Apple should be exporting PDF outline views and correct page numbering from their Mac apps, and from my experience they don't.

  • Bunnyslippers Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 11:59 AM (in response to Tim Bobo)

    Tim, I have created PDFs with InDesign that had roman numeral page numbering up to page xii, then Arabic numbering from that point onward. I have opened those documents in Acrobat (with page numbering intact), added pages, renumbered pages, and deleted the page numbers altogether from the cover and back cover. Then I have opened those edited PDFs in Preview, and the page (thumbnail) numbering is still accurate, including no page numbers for the cover and back cover. HOWEVER, if I do any sort of "Save" or "Save As" from Preview, all my careful page numbering is replaced with Arabic numerals that start with "1" on the front cover. In addition, the bookmarks now link to the wrong pages.

     

    This is very unfortunate because the Quartz Filter in Preview is incredibly efficient in reducing PDF file sizes, and I would like to take advantage of it, but I cannot if it's going to mess up page numbering and bookmarks.

  • Tim Bobo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to Bunnyslippers)

    Wow.  That is disappointing to hear.  If you are mainly trying to use preview to decrease the file sizes. You might check out "PDF shrink" which I find does a very nice job.

  • Duane Valencia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to Tim Bobo)

    Just want to also make sure everyone knows of PDF TOOLKIT... a $5 buy at the APP STORE... Does a nice job of compressing PDF's as well as some other functions...

     

    Unfortunately, it doesn't renumber pages...

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 6:26 PM (in response to Bunnyslippers)

    Bunnyslippers wrote:

     

    if I do any sort of "Save" or "Save As" from Preview, all my careful page numbering is replaced with Arabic numerals that start with "1" on the front cover.

    That's because Preview re-writes the PDF. If it's for production, you should never edit with Preview a PDF generated by InDesign; use Acrobat Pro instead.

     

    The problem is actually implicit in the W3C link about the PageLabels optional parameter provided by Tim Bobo above. Preview is not a pro PDF editor; it's not a pro anything. Like Text Edit and other apps bundled with the OS, it's basically a free app which Apple gives away to the average user. If you need a pro PDF editor, you need to buy it -- nobody can afford to give away pro apps, not Microsoft, not Adobe, and certainly not Apple.

  • Bunnyslippers Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Feb 23, 2012 9:34 PM (in response to fane_j)

    I do use Acrobat Pro, but it doesn't shrink the file size nearly as much as Preview, so I was running it through Preview after using Acrobat Pro. But thanks for the information. It's helpful.

  • Bunnyslippers Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    fane_j, I don't want a size reduction app that will renumber pages; I just want it to leave the current page numbering intact, including pages with roman numerals and pages with no numbers at all. Will it do that?

  • Tim Bobo Level 2 Level 2 (165 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to fane_j)

    I will try once more.  Because people seem to be really missing the point.  The point I am trying to make is that for NOVICE users (which is the large majority of computer users our there).  Opening a PDF to reference content can be confusing because the page numbers that Preview displayes don't match what is on the printed page.

     

    Now PLEASE don't start telling me who's fault it is.  I KNOW that the person who created the document can create it in such a way that the page numbers show up in Preview.  That is not the point I am getting at.

     

    The point I am trying to make is that Steve Jobs and Apple realy pushed preview when it came out and said it would be the best PDF reader our there.  And in many ways it really is.  It is a very nice PDF viewer.  It is fast, easy to navigate etc.  In many ways preview has helped a lot of people be more paperless.

     

    But one of previews problems is that, if a novice user edits a PDF.  Preview destroyes all carefully set up page numbering by the original author.  The user never asked for this to happen.  They just wanted to delete a page... or add a page.  If preview allows for deleting and adding of pages, it should be more careful about the page numbering also.

     

    Also, just as a reader that is focused on picking up any old ratty PDF and presenting it in the most pleasing way possible, it would be nice if preview could do more to help novice users sync up page numbers it displays with the page numbers printed on the pages they see.  The truely intelligent self-aware AI PDF readers of the future will be doing this.  ;-)  Why not have preview make a step in that direction.

     

    The size reduction talk was a side point, and there are many good solutions for this.  But the fact that PDF has an option to reduce a PDF files size, but in doing so destroys document data, is another not so nice feature.  Again, it speaks to the lack of intellegince Preview dispalys as it interacts with the user.  A more intelligent program would not destroy data silently without warning the user first.  When the user choose export or save, they expect all the data to be exported and saved.  If preview is not smart enough to really do this, it should make that clear to the user.  Export a simplified version...  Save the main content...  ;-)  These items are very wordy and not really serious suggestions for a menu choice, but they show what Preview is actually meaning by the words Export and Save.  And these meanings are not what any reasonbable thinking novice user would expect.

     

    Only those really experienced with computer programs know that they are a liars and should never be fully trusted, especially if they are free.

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 26, 2012 6:23 PM (in response to Tim Bobo)

    Tim Bobo wrote:

     

    […] people seem to be really missing the point. […]

     

    The point I am trying to make is that Steve Jobs and Apple realy pushed preview […]

     

    […] it would be nice if preview could do more […]

     

    […] If preview is not smart enough to really do this, it should make that clear to the user. […]

    IMHO, you're wasting your time posting in this user-to-user forum feedback, comments, and suggestions to Apple regarding its products. I suggest

     

    <http://www.apple.com/feedback/>

  • fane_j Level 4 Level 4 (3,655 points)
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    Feb 26, 2012 6:32 PM (in response to Bunnyslippers)

    Bunnyslippers wrote:

     

    I do use Acrobat Pro, but it doesn't shrink the file size nearly as much as Preview

    Depends on the options. Go to Advanced > PDF Optimizer… and you'll find plenty of settings to manipulate, as well as an "Audit space usage…" function, which will tell you the size of various components. The Preflight command also has many different profiles and options you can use. Acrobat is a pro tool -- that's why you had to mortgage your house to buy it.

     

    The various options are described briefly in Acrobat's Help files. For more information, read this thread

     

    <http://forums.adobe.com/thread/733127>

     

    It's a fairly comprehensive listing of where to find Adobe docs to help you use Acrobat effectively.

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