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Request for Preview in Mavericks

585 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 28, 2013 6:47 AM by JMichael Felty RSS
JMichael Felty Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jun 26, 2013 9:20 PM

How can I get a request to Apple for a feature?  I would really like something in Preview.  Here is the scenario:


I have scanned a bunch of my (personally owned, not for sale) sheet music into PDF files (also not for distribution).  I have my Thunderbolt display positioned over my electronic keyboard where a music rack on a regular piano would go.  I have a nice little footpedal device called an Airturn BT-105 that can turn the pages so I can keep my hands on my piano.  I have saved all the PDFs to display maximum size and two pages at a time.  This all works great, except:  Preview insists upon showing the first page all by itself centered in the window, and then when I turn the page I get two pages.  This is because of skeuomorphic reasons, I think, since physical publications have a single page width until you open them, or the first page in a book is always on the right side.  Another skeuomorphic thing that happens is that if there are even number of pages, then the way Preview displays pages is, for example: page 1 by itself, then pages 2 and 3, and then page 4 by itself.


It is not what I want.  I want a setting in Preview that says "always show two pages" (if there is more than one page, of course).


With this setting, I could always have the maximum amount of music on my screen.  It would also potentially reduce the amount of page turning I have to do.


I don't think this setting would make life harder for anyone, and I imagine there are other people that would prefer the display to work this way.


So, how can I get this request to Apple?

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 9:22 PM (in response to JMichael Felty) Apple won't listen to you here, but if you send feedback to them, they may listen to your ideas

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,295 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 9:22 PM (in response to JMichael Felty)


    Or, become a Developer and submit an Enhancement Request on the Developer site.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Jun 26, 2013 9:30 PM (in response to JMichael Felty)

    Good luck

  • Jeffrey Jones2 Level 6 Level 6 (8,425 points)
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    Jun 27, 2013 9:49 AM (in response to JMichael Felty)

    Add a blank page to the beginning of the file.

  • egojab Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to JMichael Felty)

    I hate to make a point of semantics that is unhelpful to your answer, but it's not because of skeuomorphism, and you're not really understanding that word appropriately. It is set up like that because PDFs are, by and large, files intended for printing, as such they are laid out and displayed in that manner. It's not skeuomorphism, because it's done as a metaphor, it's done with the express purpose of appropriate print formatting.


    As a point to your request, the above reasons are possibly why it's not a very good option to have available, because it may work for your use case, but for the vast majority of other pdf scenarios, it would actually break the appropriate behavior. The best solution, as Jeffrey Jones2 said, is to add a blank page to the beginning of your documents.

  • Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,500 points)
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    Jun 27, 2013 9:23 PM (in response to JMichael Felty)

    While you wait to find out if Apple implements the feature request, there is a way around this in another PDF reader app. If you use Adobe Reader, which is free, there is an command under View/Page Display called "Show Cover Page in Two Page View." If you turn this off, it will not show the first page as a single page. It will show the first two pages together.


    Preview is a good program but often falls short in several areas with PDFs. In addition to the problem in this thread, Preview doesn't always work right with PDF forms. It's a good idea to keep Adobe Reader around as an alternative when you need PDFs to work right.


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