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Chapter 5. Using Mac OS X Applications > Previewing Images and PDF's

Previewing Images and PDF's

Need a quick way to view images, or possibly a Portable Document File (PDF)? No problem, Panther'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 indexed search, select text and copy it to the clipboard, even view FAX documents using its built-in FAX support (). In addition, if you open an EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) or a PostScript file, Preview converts the file into the PDF format. The Preview application works to open any images or documents which are not identified by another program. 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. If you want to open one or more images in the Preview application regardless of file type, then you must open them using the Preview File Open command.

Preview Images and PDF's

Open the Applications folder, and then double-click the Preview icon.

Click the File menu, and then click Open.

Select one or more files to open from the available images or documents.

Click Open.

Did You Know?

The Preview application gives you the ability to move an image directly to the printer. Select the image, click the File menu, and then click Print.

Click the Drawer button to expand or collapse the thumbnail page view of the images.

To move between pages in a PDF document, click the Back or Forward buttons.

To move directly to a specific page within a PDF document, type a page number, and then press Return.

To move up or down through the list of displayable images, click the Page Up or Page Down buttons.

To increase or decrease the viewing size of the image, click the Zoom In or Zoom Out buttons.

The Zoom function does not impact the printing size of the image.

To select a portion of the image click to choose a Selection tool button, and then drag within the image.

To copy the selected area to the clipboard, click the Edit menu, and then click Copy.

Quit Preview.



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