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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger Apps
If you've installed eFax Messenger on your machine, you may have noticed that the 'Preview' and 'Save as PDF...' buttons in the Print dialog are changed to iconic buttons. The Preview button shows the icon for Preview.app, and the PDF button shows a PDF icon. The Preview button behaves the same as before, opening a preview of your print job in Preview.app. The PDF button, however, now invokes a menu allowing you to 'Save as PDF' or 'Fax with eFax Messenger.'

I found this change to be highly annoying, as I use the Print dialog to save as PDF a lot. After some poking around, I noticed that eFax Messenger had installed a plugin in ~/Library -> PDF Services. Deleting the plugin got rid of the eFax Messenger menu item, but the buttons were still iconic, and the PDF button still invoked a menu, with only one option, 'Save as PDF'. Annoying.

Deleting the 'PDF Services' folder entirely reverted the buttons to their default state. Yay.
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Worked for me... thanks
Authored by: dlong on Dec 21, '04 02:37:30PM

Another timely hint.

I just installed eFax messenger on a new computer last night, and the big fat button was annoying me. You saved me from having to dig around!

Thanks.

(This hint worked successfully on my work computer, at least: an eMac 1250 running 10.3.7 and eFax 3.1.10)

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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 21, '04 02:57:49PM

Sure, but then don't you lose the ability to send via eFax Messenger? What I'd like to see, is a hint to change it away from that ugly iconic button and back to text, but without losing the Print Services I'm happy to have installed.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: macsolve on Dec 21, '04 03:48:50PM

Add an alias to your email app or any app to the "PDF services" folder and it will show up in the popup menu too. Select the mail app when printing, and poof you have the pdf print attached to a new message. Now THAT is handy...



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: Fofer on Dec 22, '04 09:53:51PM

Even handier, create an alias to a folder and put it in there!

This makes it much, much easier, for example, to save all the receipts from all my online purchases directly into a "Receipts" folder.

Of course, all of these cool shortcuts DO result in having that ugly button in the Print Dialog... but for me it's worth the tradeoff.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: dfbills on Dec 21, '04 03:52:10PM

Thanks- I hadn't taken the time to figure out a fix yet.

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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: bfr00 on Dec 21, '04 06:34:09PM

Why not just move back to OS9 while you're at it?

PDF Services is one of the great features introduced first in Jaguar. Oops wouldn't want to learn anything new. Let's tell Apple we're done now, no more features.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: diamondsw on Dec 22, '04 10:42:34AM

Dude, he's just saying it's ugly, chill. There is a *lot* about OS X that is poorly designed, and that's coming from someone who adopted back on 10.0.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: Pausanias on Dec 21, '04 11:46:09PM

Thanks very much---I had gotten as far as deleting the items within the PDF Services directory, but had not gotten as far as realizing that deleting the directory would return the buttons to normal.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: Puzo on Dec 22, '04 04:54:22AM

Does not work here: after I delete the PDF Services folder, eFax recreates the whole damn thing, including eFax alias inside... e*censored*.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: guidoc on Dec 22, '04 09:20:43AM
Same problem: I've deleted "~/Library/PDF Services" but the two icons were still there, one with only "Save as PDF..." (BTW I had the "Fax this document" string instead of "send with eFax"). Solution: delete "/Library/PDF Services" too.

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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: Puzo on Dec 22, '04 12:54:01PM

eFax re-creates PDF Services folder, along with its alias, in user's ~/Library directory. I don't know how did you manage to have PDF Services in general /Library directory - I don't have it there on my system.

I tried to make a locked file with same name PDF Services to prevent eFax from recreating this thing - I then would have iconized buttons, and second button still has a drop menu, with Save as PDF as only choice. Which is even worse.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: Puzo on Dec 22, '04 12:56:52PM

Just to follow up: after you done with your cleanup, try relaunch your efax and see what happens.



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Restore Print dialog after installing eFax Messenger
Authored by: vmedlock on Jan 11, '05 01:11:06PM

Thanks for the tip. I've been trying to figure out how to lose the eFax modifications to my print dialogs for months. This is exactly what I needed to know.



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