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CUPS-PDF is an open-source backend module for CUPS (Mac OS X's printing system) by Volker C. Behr that, rather than printing to a device, prints straight to PDF files.

Why use this rather than a simple "Save as PDF" in the print dialog?

  • Pressing return is faster.
  • Batch-print through the writer to convert documents to PDF.
  • Common save location for all generated PDFs.

What's New

Version 2.5.0:
  • Updated with Snow Leopard support and an uninstaller.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Volcanus Member IconReview+4
Volcanus
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The pdf created internally by the applications is converted to ps by cups and then back to pdf by the cups-pdf backend using ghostscript. Very circuitous! Try PDFwriter instead:

http://pdfwriterformac.sourceforge.net/

No needless conversion. No need for ghostscript.

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Version 2.5.0
plecto Member IconReview+23
plecto
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Sorry for my previous reply. I just unistalled and then reinstalled CUPS-PDF on my Mountain Lion and now it works fine.

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Version 2.5.0
Phoenixdownunder Member IconComment+15
Phoenixdownunder
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Actually there is a solution using the 2.6.1B cups-pdf development version in macPorts. To install, the following rather esoteric procedure is necessary. Install Xcode. Download and and install macPorts. In Terminal, run sudo port -v self update, then sudo port install cups-pdf. Then attempt to create the new printer as per usual. Print a short document to cups-pdf and it will disappear. Thats fine. It will be sitting in /opt/local/var/spool/cups-pdf/username. IN FINDER, type command-shift G and type in /opt/local/var/spool/cups-pdf, make an alias of the USERNAME folder and drag that to your desktop/Dock/Home directory for future reference. I found it convenient to rename the alias to cups-pdf. Please note that this SEEMS to work for Lion and Lion Server 10.7.2 and 10.7.3 but remains totally beta and untested elsewhere. This was our solution for a Company dependent on cups-pdf. Not needed for Snow Leopard. Note that this is cups-pdf not cups.

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Version 2.5.0
Phoenixdownunder Member IconReview+15
Phoenixdownunder
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Unfortunately CUPS-PDF is totally broken under Lion.

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Version 2.5.0
plecto
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I confirm this :(

Pizzacake Member IconComment+43
Pizzacake
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I use cups-pdf with bonjour to print documents as pdfs from my Virtualbox windows xp virtual machine. Works great for that purpose.

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Version 2.5.0
Reaverx Member IconReview+13
Reaverx
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Circumstantial - creates ridiculously lange files - i pass.

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Version 2.5.0
Fhf
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For some reason it does create very large files, but you can get around that problem by opening the pdf that pdf-cups created, and in turn saving that file as a pdf. The new pdf will be about 10-30=% the size of the file that pdf-cups created. Go figure.

chrischram Member IconComment+85
chrischram
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CUPS-PDF does not work under Snow Leopard. The developer is aware of the problem, but says it won't be a trivial fix. Stay tuned.

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Version 2.4.6.1
Jon55 Member IconComment+74
Jon55
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Ok, I had no idea you could save pages to PDF's right from OS X until reading these posts, so now, after installing CUPS-PDF, how do I uninstall it?

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Version 2.4.6.1
Jlaro Member IconComment+5
Jlaro
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CUPS-PDF creates ridiculously big files. For example, printing this MacUpdate page yields a 2,1 MB file with CUPS-PDF, while with Print as PDF it only comes in at 256k. Other tests show similar ratios.

Another poster said he's happy the PDF folder is no more on the desktop. How does he do it? Every time I move the cups-pdf folder from my desktop CUPS-PDF creates another one to put the files.

OS X 10.4.11

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Version 2.4.6.1
Chris.h
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You can change the directory that CUPS-PDF prints to by typing in terminal:

sudo nano /etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf

and editing the line "Out ${HOME}/Desktop/cups-pdf/"

Change the Desktop/ portion to whatever you want.

"Out ${HOME}/Documents/pdfs/" maybe?

When you are done, hit ctrl+o to save the file and ctrl+x to exit.

Beweis Member IconReview+1
Beweis
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Great stuff. Perfect not to have this folder on desktop anymore. The resulting PDFs work perfect in my local copyshop. Files created with the standard PDF routine don't work

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Version 2.4.6.1
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paolo.p
Version 2.5.0
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Details

Downloads 42,566
Version Downloads 29,581
Type Drivers / Printers
License Free
Date 11 May 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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