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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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    Works nicely once properly installed. A couple of issues: 1. It can be slow with longer documents - the partially-written pdf looks like a normal file in Finder, but it will show up as "damaged" if you try to open it before PDFwriter is done with it. Open the print queue to see if printing is complete. 2. The generated pdfs are very large - a 50-page document can be well over a gigabyte. For text-only documents, this can be fixed by opening the file with the ColorSync Utility application, and applying the Black & White filter. ("Reduce file size" leads to poor resolution.) PDF-shrinking services like smallpdf.com and pdfcompress.com are also very effective. 3. You have no control over the destination folder. I made an alias of it and put it in the dock.

    Posted 10/06/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Works well to create pdf from any application that can print and also keeps programs happy that require a printer when you don't have one to install. For those having problems after upgrading the OS version, you need to uninstall the pdf driver and then re-install. Could be made more user friendly by displaying the output folder in finder after a print rather than expecting the user to know where the files are located.

    Posted 09/11/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Those experiencing difficulties getting this to work in El Capitan might like to try RWTS PDFwriter (google github rwts pdfwriter). RWTS PDFwriter is closely based on Lisanet PDFwriter, but avoids the sandboxing restrictions on print drivers introduced in El Capitan, and also provides automatic configuration of the printer driver to simplify installation.

    Posted 06/09/2016
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    IMPORTANT UNDER 10.11.x : When adding the printer in preferences, instead of using the Generic Postscript Printer pick Other.. and navigate to /Library/Printers/Lisanet/PDFwriter/pdfwriter.ppd and select that. Works great to generate PDF from Windows programs under CrossOver.

    Posted 04/13/2016
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    Works fine here in 10.11 El Capitan, just used it to print a secure PDF form from Acrobat Pro so it could be opened in Preview. Installation does require an extra step beyond the instructions - "Lisanet PDFwriter" does not automatically appear as the printer software, you have to select the driver manually when you are setting up the new printer. Click on Use: Generic PostScript Printer, in that dropdown menu choose "Other..." and navigate to the ppd file at /Library/Printers/Lisanet/PDFwriter/PDFwriter.ppd

    Posted 03/25/2016
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