When upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard”, be aware that the “Adobe PDF” printer option in the Print dialog box will no longer work. You can select it, but no PDF will be generated. While there is no fix for Acrobat 8, Adobe has a fix for Acrobat 9 in the form of the Acrobat 9.1.3 updater.
The updater adds a new “PDF Workflow” entry, which creates a new item named “Save As Adobe PDF” in the “PDF” menu-like button thing (!) in the lower left corner of the Print dialog. By selecting “Save As Adobe PDF” from this PDF menu, the Apple-based PDF will be converted into an Adobe-based PDF using your chosen Acrobat Job Options.
To remove the useless “Adobe PDF” printer option from your Print dialog go to the Print & Fax preferences (Apple menu> System Preferences> Print & Fax). Select the printer “Adobe PDF” and click the minus (–) sign.
Jeff Gamet is a contributing editor for Design Tools Monthly, the executive summary of graphic design news. He is also the morning editor and reviews editor for The Mac Observer and iPodObserver.com, and contributing writer for Layers Magazine and Photoshop User. He writes the InBrief column for InDesign Magazine, and is the author of “The Designer’s Guide to Mac OS X,” from Peachpit Press
When Jeff isn’t writing about the graphic design world, he’s talking about it on the Design Tools Weekly podcast with co-host Jay Nelson. He also talks about Apple and the Mac world every week on The Mac Observer’s Apple Weekly Report.
Jeff studies, tests and reviews new software and technologies for the Macintosh community as well as the design and print industries. He is a former Pre-press specialist, and has nearly 25 years experience with computer technology. Jeff trains, lectures and consults on techniques for more efficiently using Mac OS X in creative environments throughout the country.
In the rare moments when he can get away from his MacBook Pro, Jeff spends his time climbing and biking in the Colorado mountains.