Saturday, 15 March 2008

Print to PDF in OS X and ConceptDraw 7

ConceptDraw 7A good way to get PDF output from pretty much any application is to install a PDF printer driver. Applications can then print as normal, but the document gets distilled to a PDF rather than sent to a printer. If you are on OS X, give CUPS-PDF a whirl.

I did find that the output from CUPS was massive. A file which should have been about 100k was actually 70M. The outputted file gets put into a pre-defined folder on the desktop, there is no option to change it. It's a useful piece of kit, but only as a last resort.

Luckily, the application I was trying to get a PDF from turned out to have its own functionality to do it properly. If you want to export to PDF in ConceptDraw 7, you actually have to go to the print dialog and look in the bottom left hand corner (not in "Export" as you might expect).

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