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While viewing it in continuous scroll mode in Preview, can I reduce a PDF document's font size on Mac OS X without changing the page width? If yes, how?

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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Love yet to attempt that with any PDF, because it despot quite work with what Love ever come across, but it may be something for a future project. In fact, Love been trying to replicate those “backwards” image/text conversion devices for a while, and the basic idea is that you “load⬠the contents of an image, then use the text to re-translate the image. This may be useful, perhaps, for some image based presentations such as those which have become the norm for presentations now. Maybe there is some way for a reader to click-drag and copy the text into a word processor, for example? All three kinds of PDFs have their advantages on the other end of the â¬pipeline⬠that are â¬visible⬠to the reader. However, Poll just say this: the PDF should never be an image; never be anything more complicated than the HTML document that is.

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