How can I use the Adobe PDF Printer in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard?

Gus Marsh April 10, 2013
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The Adobe PDF Printer included with Creative Suite 6 is not available or is unusable in Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6). This situation is due to security features in Snow Leopard that disables the Adobe PDF Printer. Adobe Acrobat 9.1 Pro removes the Adobe PDF Printer and adds a new Save As Adobe PDF command.

Is there a patch or work around for this? It also applies to Lion (10.7).

  1. null
    April 12, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks everyone for your help and comments. I am moving on to Mac OS 10.7.5 (Lion) for now, at least I can make PDF's and print them, no problem.

  2. peter_lydon
    April 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Can you disable the specific security setting in Snow Leopard?

    • null
      April 12, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      I tried some tricks in Terminal, but nothing worked. I was on the phone with Apple and Adobe for over an hour and they really could not help me. I am moving on to Mac OS 10.7.5, at least I can make PDF's and print them.

  3. Mike
    April 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

    You can try using CUPS-PDF
    http://www.physik.uni-wuerzburg.de/~vrbehr/cups-pdf/

    It is reported to work up to 10.8 but I haven't tested it in a while mostly because I wasn't always satisfied with the PDFs it produced (not searchable, quality of images regardless of quality settings).

    But if your workflow relies on having a PDF printer I believe it is worth a shot.

  4. macwitty
    April 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Sorry you can not (very frustrating!) My solution has been to use deskPDFCreator - from time to time as reward app.

  5. Chris Marcoe
    April 10, 2013 at 6:46 am

    After reading this: http://andygent.co.uk/?p=236 it looks like you can't. Read through the article and it might have a work around for it.

    Good luck.

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