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Series: The Power of Preview

Six articles that explore the hidden depths of Preview, the Mac’s bundled image and PDF viewer. Most people don’t realize the extent to which it can also edit graphics and manipulate PDFs. Thanks to requests from readers, these articles later served as the basis for the full “Take Control of Preview” book.

Josh Centers Adam Engst 41 comments

The Power of Preview: Pulling Files into Preview

The simple facade of OS X’s built-in Preview document and image viewer conceals many powerful features. This week, we show you all the ways you can open files in Preview, including from cameras, scanners, and your Mac’s screen.

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The Power of Preview: Viewing Images and PDFs

In the latest installment of The Power of Preview, we look deeply at how you view images and PDFs in Apple’s ubiquitous Mac document and image viewer.

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The Power of Preview: Cropping and Resizing Images

In the latest installment of our exploration of Preview, OS X’s built-in document and image viewer, we delve into Preview’s editing capabilities, explaining how to crop and resize files, plus how to recover from unwanted changes.

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The Power of Preview: Annotating Documents and Images

We once again explore the power of Preview, OS X’s built-in document and image viewer, with a focus on using Preview to annotate images and PDFs.

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The Power of Preview: Advanced Editing Techniques

We again dive into the power of Preview, exploring advanced editing techniques, including more selection tools, color adjustments, and PDF editing.

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The Power of Preview: Converting Images and Exporting PDFs

In this final installment of our series on Preview, OS X’s built-in image and PDF utility, we explore Preview’s export options and explain how to work around a common collaboration problem.