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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  • O Byte files! Well I got as far as a successful installation however when I print using the PDFWriter, I jet get a directory with 0-byte files in it.

  • confirm does NOT work on 10.11

  • Unfortunately, the only thing I can verify is that it behaves as a real printer from an OS interaction perspective including code interaction which is important to me. However, at least under Mac OS X 10.10.1 i.e. Yosemite I cannot find the pdf files in the stated location provided by the readme e.g. Users/Shared/PdfWriter , all I find there is a broken alias

  • Good tool. We have an editable PDF that we edit prior to sending to clients. However, with our Mac users, we weren't able to save the edited version as an uneditable PDF. This tool allowed us to do that. The only drawback to this is that after we printed to PDFWriter, it rotated each page vertically although the content was in landscape mode. If anyone has a solution to keep the pages in landscape mode to be able to read as is when it opens that would be great, otherwise I'll have to go the long way and open through preview to edit and then save as PDF. Not a ton of extra time, but an extra step I was hoping to avoid.

  • Two good things, two problems. Good: 1) The download and installation process was easy. The read me file gave all needed info. 2) I converted a Mac Word 2011 file with a weird font from a free fonts site, and the font (along with all formatting) converted, which was something other converters couldn't do. Problems: 1) The hyperlinks in the file were inactive in the pdf file, which was the reason I needed a converter in the first place; Word 2011 for Mac won't make a pdf with active hyperlinks if they have "display" text instead of the actual URL visible in the file. 2) The file was oriented horizontally originally, but the converted orientation appeared turned 90 degrees in the pdf (vertical format on the screen). I don't know how to flip it back to horizontal. That means that if the pdf is viewed by anyone using a phone or tablet it's going to make them crazy with it's insistence on being sideways; it is only useful for printing. So I can't use these pdfs for my purposes. As a side note, I would love to be able to control the file size; it was a large pdf.

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