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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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features 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
design 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 4 / 5
support 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5 3 / 5
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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    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.)

    Posted 04/01/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    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! :)

    Posted 01/04/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    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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