Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Adobe PDF printer not available in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard

If you purchased a Mac with Snow Leopard on it and expected to be able to use the Adobe PDF printer, sorry, you can't. According to Adobe this is "due to security features in Snow Leopard that disable the Adobe PDF Printer". They do provide a workaround however, but it requires you to make sure you upgrade to Adobe Acrobat 9.1 (free upgrade if you own Acrobat 9 already). To check for updates, open Acrobat and go to Help->Check for Updates. Now, if you're a Windows user and ran across this post while looking for a way to create PDF files on your computer, check out my previous post for some free software to do just that.

The 9.1 update should give you a "Save as Adobe PDF" option in the menu. This is Adobe's solution to the lack of a PDF printer. I have read a little about a free package called CUPS-PDF, which you can find here. This package allows you to install a virtual PDF printer, just like Acrobat did, and you can get it to work in OS X 10.6 with a few workarounds. I did try setting it up in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, and it indeed allowed me to create a virtual PDF printer and print directly to a PDF. If you're interested, check out my other post about installing CUPS-PDF on a OS X 10.6 machine.

To read the Adobe knowledge base article about their issue with Snow Leopard, along with screenshots of their solution, you can find it at

1 comment:

tom said...

Hi there, I can also suggest app called VipRiser ( it is easier to install and includes some interesting features like transfer to the iPad.