Geek Treasure #151

Select, copy, paste, mutilate

The new Preview application in the latest version of Mac OS X allows you to copy text from a PDF and paste it into any other type of document. Sure this feature is available in Adobe’s full blown Acrobat suite, but I never upgraded to the native version.

What I was amazed to find though, was the new tool to allow copying of the vector path info, which can also be pasted from the clipboard into applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.

This both disturbs and thrills me. How often have I asked for a logo from a client and they don’t have a “clean” version handy? On the flipside, I thought one of the best features of PDFs were the “locked” down information that could not be repurposed.

Grin and hmph.