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Help with text in PDF file

by jlj889 / February 15, 2010 5:11 AM PST

Hi, I hope this question is ok posted in here.

My problem is this: I am scanning in a bunch of old pictures and I want to insert a text box with the names of the individuals. According to the Help menu, i have to save it as a PDF file and then insert the text box. Well, I've done that but when I add the box and click in it to type it doesn't let me, when I start typing it just dings at me. When I double click the box to edit, it brings up the edit box but there doesn't seem to be an add text area. I have been able to add notes to the pictures, but they only show up when clicked and I really want to add the list of names to the bottom of the pictures. I am sure it is a simple step and I am overlooking something, but I can't figure out what.

I am using OSX, and the pictures are being viewed in preview if that helps.

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Try this,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 8:20 AM PST

Scan your pictures and save them as JPEGs

Open Preview and then open your picture.

At the top of the Preview window, you will find a button marked Annotate.
Click it.
At the bottom of the window, a line of icons will appear.
Select the icon that looks like a square(ish) box and draw a box at the bottom of your picture.
Click in the box and type the names that you want.
Save the picture and you are done.


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did try
by jlj889 / February 15, 2010 8:42 AM PST
In reply to: Try this,

P, thanks for your reply. The issue is that I only get the option for Annotate when the picture is saved as a PDF, I just re-tried your suggestion and with the JPEG files I still don't get the option to Annotate. And still with the PDF files, when I click annotate and I only get a ding when I try to type. I've clicked and clicked on the pictures to add text but nothing. Just an empty text box. i have been able to add notes to the PDF files, but that isn't the solution I am looking for.

Thanks again for the answer.

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by jlj889 / February 15, 2010 12:18 PM PST
In reply to: did try

Thanks for the reply. It turned out that I was never getting the text edit bar, I realized this after seeing a screen shot. I don't know why I didn't get the bar, but an upgrade to snow leopard fixed the issue. Thanks again for taking the time to help me out.

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(NT) Welcome
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 15, 2010 9:45 PM PST
In reply to: Fixed
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