PDFwriter
PDFwriter 1.2.1
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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
Version 1.2.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.5 or later



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Volcanus reviewed on 19 Nov 2013
Much better than cups-pdf! Saves the pdf created internally by an application into a file. Works like a virtual printer. Very helpful also to save Airprint output.
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Mikael B commented on 15 Nov 2013
And the gain to using "save as pdf" is what exactly?
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J.a.duke replied on 15 Nov 2013
The value of this tool is that certain apps, like Acrobat, won't let you Save As PDF.

I've had several non-standard PDFs that open fine in Acrobat but fail in Preview. Tweaking them in Acrobat Pro and saving still doesn't correct the problems.

Printing the problem documents to PDFWriter gives me clean PDFs that will work anywhere.
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Doctor-Whiteface replied on 15 Nov 2013
J.a.duke ... Not true. Acrobat indeed allows one to save a file as a PDF. Just go to File > Save As, and you should notice that the first menu option is PDF... . And that's not all that's offered.
Cheers!
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J.a.duke replied on 15 Nov 2013
My good Doctor:

In my example, saving from Acrobat or Acrobat Pro didn't fix the problems with the file-I still had corrupted graphics & text when opening in Preview.

Printing from Acrobat via PDFWriter gave me a file that worked anywhere.

Cheers.
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Doctor-Whiteface replied on 15 Nov 2013
J.a.duke ... While this free app works for you as it might well as for others, it does not necessitate stating ... " certain apps, like Acrobat, won't let you Save As PDF".
Just pointing that out.
Cheers!
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Faithless replied on 15 Nov 2013
With this fantastic little tool you can batch convert documents. I have a lot of word documents that I need to pdf when finished. With this you can drag an alias from the system prefs. of the print driver to your desk top, then drag and drop a bunch of files. It then works its own way through them. Big time saver.
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dainius.sileika replied on 20 Dec 2013
An example: I have a PDF made from several different sources. The page sizes are all slightly different. Acrobat won't permit me to resize everything to x paper size, so I have to save the PDF, open in Preview, select print, change the paper size, and then save to PDF. If I could print -> save to pdf in Acrobat--which this programme allows--it would save me a step.
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Mikael B replied on 20 Dec 2013
Thanks for your explanations how this useful to you Faithless, J.a.duke and dainius.sileika. I use CutePDF when on Windows, so this is pretty much the same concept.
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Downloads:8,248
Version Downloads:8,248
Type:Drivers : Printers
License:Free
Date:15 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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.


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