PDFwriter
PDFwriter
1.2.1

3.1

PDFwriter free download for Mac

PDFwriter

1.2.1
15 November 2013

Virtual PDF printer.

Overview

PDFwriter is a printer driver for OS X, which will let you generate PDF files by simply printing. PDFwriter is heavily based on, but far superior to, CUPS-PDF. It doesn't use ghostscript to generate PDF files; instead it uses the OS X internal PDF capabilities.

What's new in PDFwriter

Version 1.2.1:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

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Mikael-B
15 November 2013

Most helpful

And the gain to using "save as pdf" is what exactly?
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Version 1.2.1
Aargl
22 February 2017
As I generally "print" to PDF, this is useful as I don't have to go each time to the submenu and select "save as pdf", once I set it as my default printer. One great addition would be to open automatically the destination folder in the Finder, once printed: I do that with Hazel — I suppose it can be done also with a lauchagent.
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Version 1.2.1
Volcanus
19 June 2016
Now there is a modified newer version; https://github.com/rodyager/RWTS-PDFwriter
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Version 1.2.1
2 answer(s)
Buffalolee
Buffalolee
04 October 2016
It works! Thank you.
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Aargl
Aargl
22 February 2017
Thanks!
I can't see any difference but yes it works. :-)
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nmlinguaphile
17 June 2016
I've tried printing multiple files with this but when I try to open them in either Acrobat or Adobe Reader I get a message that the file is either not supported or is corrupt.
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Version 1.2.1
frequencydip
01 December 2015
This was great back in the day, it however no longer works under 10.11. look for VipRiser as a replacement.
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Version 1.2.1
MEHMETBOZATLI
17 March 2015
A pdf printer that DOESN'T use ghostscript is useless. Mac OS X has a native pdf output already, any use of a pdf printer would be to output as a printer, not using the internal capabilities. For example, it would solve the Autocad pdf/plot style problem, and become an invaluable mac program. For now, what's the point?
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Version 1.2.1
britras
05 December 2014
Please help me! I'm desperate to find the file after it "printed." I see the thing below: /private/var/spool/pdfwriter but I don't know what to do with that or where to type it in order to find it. Can someone please help me? Thanks so much!
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Version 1.2.1
1 answer(s)
fiery12
fiery12
02 February 2015
PDFwriter installs a shortcut to printed files. You can find it at:
<boot folder>/Users/Shared/PDFwriter

You can also use Terminal app. Just paste the following command (then hit enter):
open /private/var/spool/pdfwriter/
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polocanada
02 September 2014
It took me forever to find where this app actually prints and saves the PDFs. Here is the location: ../private/var/spool/pdfwriter
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Version 1.2.1
1 answer(s)
Arie15
Arie15
09 November 2014
Thank you very much for this tip! I almost uninstalled the app because I could not find the prints. It is a shame how bad the documentation is.
Because of your information here I can finally use this app.
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myoldmac51
27 August 2014
Same concept as CutePDF for windows. A workaround to fix PDFs that open fine in Acrobat but not Preview. Would be good to have a save location but at least it works. Downside is that PDFs created are HUGE. Use Acrobat again to "optimize" them.
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Version 1.2.1
1 answer(s)
Volcanus
Volcanus
12 March 2017
CutePDF uses GhostScript like CUPS-PDF. PDFwriter avoids this.
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MadL6492
31 July 2014
mmm....just installed on Yosemite beta, not sure if something has happened regarding finder and the folder structure, however users/shared can not be found. I have also just searched for the filename of the printed documents and it cant be found. Maybe im missing something but although it installed first time, i dont think this is compatible with Yosemite beta.
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Version 1.2.1
2 answer(s)
Cattus-Thraex
Cattus-Thraex
13 November 2014
Why do you 'generously' give 2 stars for a simple and wonderful utility, which you cannot handle? You either ask how to use it and, if OK, you give the corresponding number of stars, 5. This is simple deontology...
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fiery12
fiery12
02 February 2015
PDFwriter installs a shortcut to printed files (tested on OS X 10.10.2) here:
<boot folder>/Users/Shared/PDFwriter

First you need to add the printer as explained in the Readme and print some file. This will create the spool folder. Otherwise the above link will not open anything. Finder and Spotlight don't look in the hidden /var folder. You can instead use the free EasyFind for better results.

Finally, you can use the Terminal app (/Applications/Utilities) to open that folder. Just paste the following command (then hit enter):
open /private/var/spool/pdfwriter/
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Ochre
16 July 2014
There appears to be an error in the quoted release date for the current version, 1.2.1. According to Sourceforge (where this project is hosted), 1.2.1 was released 15th March 2011 (15-03-11), not 15th November 2013 (15-11-13).
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Version 1.2.1
Free

3.1

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
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