Thoughtful, detailed coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, plus the best-selling Take Control ebooks.



Pick an apple! 
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.

Submitted by
John Zielinski



Related Articles



SaveScreenie Switches File Formats

Send Article to a Friend

SaveScreenie Switches File Formats -- A few weeks back, I mentioned that you could enter a particular command into Terminal to change the format Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger uses for screen captures made with Command-Shift-3 and Command-Shift-4 (see "How to Change Screen Capture Formats" in TidBITS-785). Needless to say, it's not hard to copy and paste such a command, but it's about as elegant as a waltzing kangaroo, so Christian Franz of cf/x decided to embed the functionality into a small utility as a way of getting to know Apple's Xcode better. The result is the free SaveScreenie 1.2, which presents you with a few radio buttons corresponding to the available formats (PNG, PDF, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PSD, and PICT); select one, click the Set button, and log out or restart your Mac to have it change the screen capture format. After Christian showed me the initial version, I made a few wording suggestions (once an editor, always an editor) and recommended that he include a Web page link for each format that would tell the user more about that format. He whipped up a new version with my changes, and if you've been wanting to fiddle with your screen capture formats, SaveScreenie is now ready to help. [ACE]

< savescreenie.html>


PDFpen and PDFpenPro 7 make PDF editing easy. Review and mark up
your PDFs, fill and sign forms, and even export PDFs to Word format.
Signing is now easier, you can view the OCR text layer, and more.
Try editing your PDFs today! <>