CUPS-PDF
CUPS-PDF 2.5.0
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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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later







  • CUPS
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  • PDFwriter
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  • VipRiser
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CUPS-PDF User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Volcanus reviewed on 15 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 2.5.0]


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plecto reviewed on 21 Feb 2013
Sorry for my previous reply. I just unistalled and then reinstalled CUPS-PDF on my Mountain Lion and now it works fine.
[Version 2.5.0]


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Phoenixdownunder reviewed on 30 Nov 2011
Unfortunately CUPS-PDF is totally broken under Lion.
[Version 2.5.0]

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plecto replied on 21 Feb 2013
I confirm this :(
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Pizzacake commented on 12 May 2010
I use cups-pdf with bonjour to print documents as pdfs from my Virtualbox windows xp virtual machine. Works great for that purpose.
[Version 2.5.0]


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Reaverx reviewed on 11 May 2010
Circumstantial - creates ridiculously lange files - i pass.
[Version 2.5.0]

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Fhf replied on 29 Apr 2011
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.
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Negritude tipped on 18 Apr 2010
How to get CUPS-PDF working in Snow Leopard:

sudo port install cups-pdf

Yes, that's right, it's available via MacPorts, and in a more up-to-date version.
[Version 2.4.6.1]


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chrischram commented on 05 Sep 2009
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.
[Version 2.4.6.1]


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Jon55 commented on 15 Dec 2008
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?
[Version 2.4.6.1]


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Jlaro commented on 17 Nov 2007
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
[Version 2.4.6.1]

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Chris.h commented on 26 Mar 2009
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.
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Beweis reviewed on 10 Nov 2007
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
[Version 2.4.6.1]


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Phoenixdownunder had trouble on 05 Feb 2012
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.
[Version 2.5.0]


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bwenning had trouble on 22 Mar 2007
Thanks for this great software!!!

While it works wonderfully as is, I would very much like to utilize the ability to change the output folder (instead of the default "cups-pdf" folder on the desktop).

I've followed up with the original documentation pointed to, and scoured the web, but I can't for the life of me seem to find any help in locating "/etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf" on my macbook pro, ANYWHERE!

Please help - any thoughts would be much appreciated!!!

Thanks!

BW
[Version 2.4]

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Mac0852 commented on 23 Mar 2007
The other thing to keep in mind is that when making changes to the .conf file and saving you will be asked for your administrator username and password. It actually asked me twice before finishing the save.
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prokos_j had trouble on 15 Jan 2006
This is works perfectly other than it will over-write files with the same name in the same directory without warning you first. If you are printing from Safari you won't get a chance to see what the name is until it's in the directory.
[Version 2.0]

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Steve Copley commented on 14 Mar 2006
If you edit...

/etc/cups/cups-pdf.conf

and set the 'Label' option to 1 it should solve your overwriting problem

i.e.

### Key: Label
## label all jobs with a unique job-id in order to avoid overwriting old
## files in case new ones with identical names are created; always true for
## untitled documents
## 0: label untitled documents only, 1: label all documents
### Default: 0

Label 1


Best regards

Steve C.

Tambascot rated on 16 Jun 2012

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Peppermintpatty rated on 14 Nov 2011

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OneBitLeft rated on 03 Sep 2011

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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.


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