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Fixing Save as Adobe PDF Crashes

There have been many reported instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF" workflow crashing regardless of application, but precious few workarounds or resolutions. In troubleshooting, I discovered that there were three instances of the "Save as Adobe PDF.action" in three different locations: /Library/Automator; ~/Library/Automator; and /System/Library/Automator. By eliminating all except the version in /System/Library/Automator, the workflow started behaving, and I was able to cut PDFs directly from the Print dialog.

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Quiz Preview: Bigger is Better

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Quiz Preview: Bigger is Better -- When the Mac debuted in 1984, it featured a 9-inch black and white display that was 512 pixels wide and 342 pixels high, and the density and graphical fidelity of that display compared to other computers was part of the Mac's eventual success. These days, iMacs have 15-inch displays and default to a resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels; a logical display almost four and a half times larger than the original Macintosh. Plainly, a larger display with a greater display area is beneficial because you can see and do more simultaneously. So, this week's quiz asks what you can do to see more on your Mac's desktop. We'll give you a hint: it doesn't necessarily involve acquiring a new Mac, a new monitor, or new add-ons - or even installing software. Test your knowledge on our home page, and we'll cover the correct answer next week! [GD]

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