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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install Install
Once again, I lost my Adobe PDF printer by doing an Archive and Install. In case this happens to anyone else who needs to print to Distiller, this old hint from the Adobe forums is still relevant:
  1. Quit Acrobat and Print Center if they are running.
  2. Delete the AdobePDF.app application that's installed in /Library/Application Support/Adobe/
  3. Launch Acrobat 6. You will be prompted to authenticate the installer by entering your password.
  4. Launch Print Center and verify that Adobe PDF has been added to the printer list.
On one machine that I upgraded, I had to restart before Adobe PDF showed up as a printer.
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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: adrianm on Sep 15, '05 10:40:48AM

What does distiller do that out-of-the-box print to pdf doesn't ?



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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: Lou Kash on Sep 15, '05 10:53:21AM

Distiller 6 prints to PDF v1.3 (Acrobat 4), which flattens all transparencies to bitmaps. Many "low-end" or "mid-end" print bureaus here in Europe still deliver the best results with this PDF format only.

Distiller can also selectively compress embedded images, that's quite an important factor if you post your PDFs on the web. The OS X PDF doesn't compress very well, in Panther you can set up some ColorSync filters for compression, but it's not obvious and you need *know* what you are doing to get useful results...



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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: aegisdesign on Sep 15, '05 12:21:02PM

You can do that in OSX 10.4 without Distiller.

in 10.4 they added PDF-X support which uses a subset of features, including flattening transparencies and drop shadows. When you go to print a file in any app, the 'Save as PDF' button from 10.3 now is a dropdown. These PDF Workflows are created using Automator so you can even create your own. I've got a number of different ones including one that compresses down to decent sizes for the web.

The Workflows are stored in /Library/PDF Services

Create your own by loading Automator, dropping a 'Apply Quartz filter' action from the PDF library and then editing the advanced settings to your requirements.

I had to use PDF-X for converting PDFs in Pages/Keynote for use in older Adobe applications which don't support the latest PDF specs.



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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: kwhitehe on Sep 15, '05 06:06:59PM
So what is wrong with this solution. When you are in the panel that allows you to add printers, hold down the option key and click on the More Printers button. In the protocols drop down menu will now be an Advanced option, selecting this now gives you the choice of Adobe PDF in the Device drop down menu. Selecting this will auto fill in the Device URI, printer model and driver information

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Restore lost Adobe PDF printer after Archive and Install
Authored by: fabrizio on Sep 16, '05 07:48:59AM

Thank you very much! I was able to restore PDF printer in the standard way, but in the printing window menu I had no longer the "PDF options" voice. Now it is at his right place. Thanks again!



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Update for Acrobat 8 and 10.4
Authored by: ptwithy on Oct 05, '07 10:56:42AM

After installing some recent Apple updates, my PDF printer stopped working, yet again. This time the solution was to quite printer setup utility, acrobat, safari, and any office applications. Then remove /usr/libexec/cups/backend/pdf800 (the cups printer backend that Acrobat installs). The safe way to do that is to open the Terminal, cd to /usr/lib/cups/backend, and sudo rm pdf800 (you must be permitted to administer the computer, you will be prompted for your password). Then launch Acrobat. It will notice the pdf printer is missing and reinstall it (also prompting you for your password).

As to why you want to do this over the built-in OS X pdf services, Distiller still provides additional controls that are needed for professional work that are not available in the built-in service.



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libexec, not lib
Authored by: ptwithy on Jan 25, '08 01:48:54PM

There's a type-oh in my hint. It should say 'libexec' where it says 'lib'.



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