PDFwriter for Mac

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PDFwriter is a printer driver for Mac OS X, which will let you generate PDF files by simply printing.

PDFwriter is heavily based on CUPS-PDF. It doesn't use ghostscript to generate PDF files, instead it uses the Mac OS X internal pdf capabilities.

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  • danabuuu
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    I needed a way to generate PDFs from a Windows program running in Crossover (Wine). This did the trick. Here's the fix to make the install work for El Capitan 10.11 - After installing the package go back and explore the contents of the installer package, then open up the .gz archive. Copy the PDFWriter.ppd file from the archive (Archive/Library/Printers/Lisanet/PDFwriter/) to your machine in /Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources. Now go to the Printers dialog and add the printer, choosing the Lisanet driver as explained in the documentation. As others have mentioned, the PDFs you generate end up in Users/Shared/PDFwriter/<username>.

    Posted 10/24/2015
  • jpstaub
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    This review based on OS X 10.10.5 installation. Package installed with no problem. Documentation for adding PDFwriter as a printer was OK. As others have noted, PDFwriter alias was broken. A few minutes was spent trying to track down the original folder to no avail. The decision was made to give PDFwriter a try to see what would happen. As it turns out, the user is able to choose a name and destination for the PDFwriter output. Nice. PDFwriter produced the required PDF. So, PDFwriter works well. However, the documentation is poor for OS X 10.10. There is no need to sweat the broken alias as it appears to be irrelevant for the given operating system.

    Posted 09/28/2015
  • phx1939
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    Downloaded PDFwriter for Mac, ran it once, and like so many others could not locate the file created. After some web searching, I found the rather obscure destination folder, which is not described in the documentation. The solution is: 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/ Now, it is a complete app and useful. Suggest better documentation within the app as it runs, or better yet, a choice of destination folder. Otherwise, happy to have this tool in my toolbox.

    Posted 09/05/2015
  • gerrypc
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    Ottimo strumento! Su Mac OS Maveric consente di stampare in 80K disegni cad che con l'esportazione in pdf di sistema peserebbeo 9MB Non ho trovato il modo per scegliere io dove salvare il file stampato

    Posted 03/02/2014
  • divaworks1
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    Great, just what I needed. KINGCORN: With Finder screen open, click on Finder at top left, then Preferences, then Sidebar. You will see a list of everything that can be searched, so click the Hard Disk under Devices.

    Posted 10/16/2013
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