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CUPS-PDF - A free virtual PDF printer
Authored by: amaloney on Aug 28, '07 02:35:04PM
I have never got this to work.
I think the reason is found at
where it says:
This is for the stock version of CUPS that comes with Mac OS X. If you've installed a different version then you need to manually install the backend module at /usr/libexec/cups/backend/cups-pdf into the proper directory for your version of CUPS.
I have installed CUPS 1.2.12 and am using OS X 10.4.10.

I do not know where to go with this instruction "to manually install…" to try to get it to work.

Al Maloney

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CUPS-PDF - A free virtual PDF printer
Authored by: mizraith on Aug 29, '07 05:33:50PM

I have actually gotten it to work -- and the hint a while back was more specific than this repost. Anyway, in the end it seemed kinda pointless given OS X's native print to PDF capabilities. Adding additional Automator workflows helps the print-to-pdf functionality as well.

The only use I found for the CUPS-PDF was to *share* the ability to print to PDF to those less fortunate Windows users. While this worked for most general purpose documents, it seemed to fall down pretty hard on (you guessed it) various PowerPoint type files (images, specifically).

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CUPS-PDF - A free virtual PDF printer
Authored by: Helge33 on Aug 30, '07 04:35:47AM

I am not surprised. I never understood the purpose of amateur software like CUPS which apparently is only useful for exotic or outdated printer models?

I neither understand why on a Mac(!) the 1560. PDF Utility shall be a 10 point pick of the week?

I neither understand why this part of the osxhint webpage is barely readable with Safari as there are no line breaks...??

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CUPS-PDF - A free virtual PDF printer
Authored by: goetzibubu on Jan 21, '12 01:07:33AM

Some special applications need special tools...
E.g. the virtual machine of Parallels Desktop. I do not want to miss or I cannot miss some WIN programs. So I use the virtual machine of Parallels.
To avoid printing output on paper I tested some other PDF tools as FreePDF and DoPDF-7. But I was not able to change these printers to standard printers. I have to use a virtual PDF printer and set to standard on the Mac side. So I was happy to find a driver as CUPS-PDF.

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