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Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options Apps
I just bought an eReader that supports PDFs and have been saving articles I find online as PDFs to read later. However, I wanted to have a designated directory on my Mac for my PDFs.

To add this as an additional option to the PDF drop down menu in the print dialog, go to home ~/Library/PDF Services and drop in an alias of the directory where you want save your files.

Alternatively, you can create a symbolic link with terminal in that directory like this:
ln -s ~/Documents/Readinglist/ "Save PDF to Reading List"
Now you have a quick easy way to save your articles for reading later.
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Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options
Authored by: chabig on Aug 18, '09 09:30:03AM
Isn't this exactly the same as a previous hint?

http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=2004122222145585

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Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options
Authored by: osxpounder on Aug 18, '09 09:44:11AM

Nearly the same, except today's hint poster adds the detail about creating the symbolic link.

BTW, before Tiger, I could use aliases that referred to a folder on an encrypted sparseimage. When I selected one of those folders, at print time, OSX would mount the disk and present me with the password dialog... then it would print the PDF to that folder.

After I upgraded to Tiger, that stopped working. Print to PDF would make no error messages or protests. The only reason I knew it wasn't printing to PDF was because my disk image didn't mount, nor was I prompted to give its password. I don't recall when, exactly, this stopped working.

If I mount the disk image before printing, the PDF does arrive in the proper folder, though, so now those extra steps are part of my routine.



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Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options
Authored by: sfgecko on Aug 18, '09 09:31:54AM
Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options
Authored by: musselrock on Aug 18, '09 02:22:52PM

I tried this hint using an alias to a folder in my user folder called "Documentation." When I invoked the workflow it saved the PDF to a folder created by Quicken in my documents folder called "Documentation."

Anyone know what that's about?

MR



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Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options
Authored by: blgrace on Aug 19, '09 05:24:32PM

Would this be the same as opening the PDF menu from the print dialog and choosing "edit menu" ?



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Add a Save to PDF directory to your Print options
Authored by: UberFu on Aug 20, '09 11:42:17AM

When's Rob coming back?

This stuff is getting pretty weak.

You could simply add a dedicated Folder to the Side Bar and 'Save As' PDF to that without changing system files or messing with the Terminal.



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Very useful
Authored by: schutt on Aug 21, '09 08:44:19AM
I think this is actually one of the more useful recent hints. There are lots of things I need to save as PDF for future reference, but don't want cluttering up the sidebar. I had never thought to look for a "~/Libary/PDF Services" directory. This is great for capturing info from websites that I know will change, but need to save in a specific state. For example, this hint gave me the idea to alter the "Save PDF to Web Receipts folder" script to do what I had been manually doing through "Save as PDF...". I even wrote it up: http://schutt.org/blog/2009/08/osx-pdf-services/

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