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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  • I used MikePro2 's advice and it worked. I have a workaround for PDFwriter printing to folder you don't like. I use the Hazel app. It is quite easy to have Hazel monitor the folder, move all new files to a folder of your choosing and rename them according to your method and you don't have to do anything once it is set up. You can even have it tagged and you can monitor according to contents, my water bill gets tagged due and gets filed in the water bill folder. I actually have adobe acrobat, but I use PDFwriter for persnickety files that won't print the way I want.

  • I replace my user folder in /private/var/spool/pdfwriter (this is where the folder in /Users/Shared points) with a symbolic link to my Desktop folder so that jobs are printed directly to my desktop instead found in the Shared folder. This broke after upgrading to El Capitan with a sandboxd error that prevented the print driver from accessing my Desktop Folder. The solution is to add "Sandboxing Relaxed" to /etc/cups/cups-files.conf as detailed at tempel's blog entry "making-cups-printer-drivers-work-again.html" (URLs prohibited).

  • Found out I can't select the folder to create the PDF, then I followed the issues for the PPD file, then I did a print sample: 5 pages out of 29 in a 5.1MB file... created a 126MB file. This has been uninstalled.

  • Once you find your pdfs beneath /Users/Shared/PDFwriter you recognize that all files have a length of zero bytes. Then you dig through reviews to accidently find the information on how to specify the provided PPD file in order to make the software fly. Finally working, but horrible UX. (Tested on El Capitan.)

  • works for Mac OS El Capitan (10.11.6 ). As mentioned by mitcboo, "when adding the printer in preferences, instead of using the Generic Postscript Printer pick Other.. and navigate to /Library/Printers/Lisanet/PDFwriter/pdfwriter.ppd" The output is then generated with files bigger than 0 Bytes in following directory: /private/var/spool/pdfwriter It would be nice if you could change preferences like: - destination folder - after PDF-creation start an application with filepath as argument such an automator or similar If those will be available I will give 5 stars! :)

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2010-09-29