Creating PDFs in OSX | Rickard Andersson

Creating PDFs in OSX

As I’m still a relatively fresh OSX user, I’m running into new stuff every now and then. Today, while I was looking into how to create PDFs from Word and Excel documents without having to use Acrobat, I discovered that OSX has PDF creating capabilities built in. As far as I know, you can create PDFs from all applications that let you print. In the print dialog, just look for the PDF drop-down:


  1. Posted August 16, 2007 at 21:13 | Permalink

    Yeah, the unified printing tool amongst all application is just nice in itself. All of them you can preview and save as a PDF. In Windows, the print dialogue boxes vary between applications and contain a lot of rubbish extras.

    However, I do know that Windows Vista tried to have built in PDF support. I am not sure exactly what happened with it, but I know that Adobe was fightning for them not to be able to do so.

  2. Posted August 17, 2007 at 10:42 | Permalink

    As far as PDF support in Vista, I wasn’t aware of that. I do know that Office 2007 (at least Word) has a free plug-in that allows you to save to PDF.

  3. Oliver Wong
    Posted September 7, 2007 at 10:27 | Permalink

    Not only can MAC OS X print to PDF from almost any document source, there’s also a really useful freeware application that enables you to combine, re-order, and splice PDFs together.


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