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PrintToPDF245.sit (651.03 KB)
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p2pdf-245-s35.sit (684.92 KB)
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PrintToPDF_de.sit (756.45 KB)
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PrintToPDF_Ita.sit (687.56 KB)
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PrintToPDFes.sit (670.96 KB)
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PrintToPDF-2.2.2.pt_.sit (707.24 KB)
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PrintToPDF-2.4.4J.hqx (939.50 KB)
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PrintToPDF-F2.4.4.sea_.hqx (1.07 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9

PrintToPDF is a classic Macintosh printer driver that creates PDF files (readable by Adobe Acrobat™ Reader or GhostScript on any platform). You do not need to have the full Acrobat package (as opposed to the Reader) installed for PrintToPDF to work. You can create PDF bookmarks to your section and subsection headings, and URLs will become hot links. PrintToPDF is not as powerful as Acrobat, but it creates simple PDFs for free.

Second Download Link given above is also for v2.4.5, but is "Stuffed" in a StuffIt 3.5 file format for better backwards compatibility.

 

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

Minimum Requirements:
Macintosh M68020 CPU - e.g.; Macintosh II
Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or newer, to view PrintToPDF output.

Works OK in Mini vMac II

PrintToPDF has been primarily tested with Mac OS 9, but most of it should work with systems back to 7.0. It does not run in Mac OS X except in applications running in "classic" mode. Some of the Asian language functionality requires a PowerMac and the Text Encoding Converter extension. You will need Acrobat Reader 3.0 or later to view the manual and the created PDFs. To view PDFs containing Japanese, Chinese, or Korean text, you'll need the Asian Font Pack for Acrobat Reader.

For the original 68000 Mini vMac; a typical error message you may get is "Invalid F-Line" and the emulation will bomb. An alternative here is to use the Adobe Acrobat PDFWriter 3.0 printer driver instead. The Acrobat PDFWriter 3 Print to PDF driver works OK in Mini vMac (SSW 7.1 & later).

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Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2018, December 8 - 2:49pm

@ MikeTomTom - 2018, December 8 - 12:45am

Thanks MikeTomTom, I will think about it. If I ever need to create a lot of high quality PDF from obsolete sources in emulators, it could be the perfect solution. Have to prepare a few more uploads now.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, December 8 - 5:45am

«Printer PPD file used: HP Color LaserJet 4500»

Does it really matter? How do you choose that printer PPD file?

It would have come from a set of HP LaserJet drivers - but the original source for this PPD I can't recall which install set I got it from (I've used it over a very long period).

I prefer to use it as it helps LaserWriter 8 generate good PostScript color documents. Tho' I also get good results from the "Acrobat Distiller" PPD if I choose to use that instead. It's a personal preference thing.

A matter of ROM? - I think that it would be unlikely, tho I don't know. Only that, I don't have this issue on actual NWR hardware (G4 running OS 9.2.2). With SheepShaver I tend to use an OWR only, as I can run more versions of Mac OS from 7.5.3 and up, swapping between OS versions very quickly with a minimum of setup, just load an appropriate drive container and reboot.

I do try to avoid using Mac OS 9.0.4 with SheepShaver as to me it seems the most unstable. Acrobat 4 is prone to crashing badly on a 9.x SheepShaver for me. - My preference is to run Mac OS 7.6.1 or 8.1 when using SheepShaver and use later OS's only if I need to. perhaps I should try the NWR with 8.5+ and see if there's a difference in stability...

Yes that link will get you Acrobat 4 which installs Distiller 4. Tho' you might be interested in version 4.05a, the final release from 1999. It's located on the Adobe Publishing Collection 9 page and has full Acrobat install sets for English, French and German languages. Once installed, you might also care to try the "AdobePS" PostScript Printer driver as an alternative to LaserWriter 8 (they are both pretty much on a par) and install the "Acrobat Distiller" PPD file at the same time (if it's not already installed by the Acrobat installer).

The 4.05a installer for the AdobePS driver is located in (for example) "Français > Utilities > Drivers" then two folders; "AdobePS" for the driver installer, and "PPD Files" for the "Acrobat Distiller" PPD file - several PPD files in here with similar sounding names, but only the "Acrobat Distiller" PPD file is required, unless you also need a PPD file for Asian fonts.

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by Idéfix - 2018, December 8 - 2:21am

@ MikeTomTom - 2018, December 7 - 3:18am

«My settings for the LaserWriter 8 page setup:»

More or less the same as mine. Only visible differences: letter size paper and NO precision bitmap alignment.

«Printer PPD file used: HP Color LaserJet 4500»

Does it really matter? How do you choose that printer PPD file?

«BTW, in OS X, I didn't use Acrobat to convert the .ps. Rather, I used "Preview.app" which converts .ps to PDF "on the fly"»

This is what I am doing usually.

«If you would care to see if there's any difference in my generated .ps than what you produce, I've uploaded my .ps file plus the OS X PDF printout from it.»

I have seen something interesting in the "ReadMe.txt" file: you are using an Old World ROM. Mine is identified as "newworld86.rom" (1945746 bytes). So, could it be just a matter of ROM?

«My preference is for embedded Type-1 font subsets in PDF and using Distiller version 4.x (...) on a PPC Mac.»

Too much troubles for me! When I am working seriously, it is only with MacOSX and PDF generated are always master print quality (i.e. with embedded fonts).

I am curious however about Distiller 4. Is that the right link?
http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/adobe-acrobat-4
Is it stable in SheepShaver? Hungry for computing ressources? Does it require a specific ROM for better stability or performance?

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, December 7 - 4:18am

@Idéfix: I don't have a problem printing to a ".ps" PostScript file under Mac OS 9.0.4 on SheepShaver, then moving the .ps to mac OS X and then saving it to PDF.
This is using LaserWriter 8 version Z1-8.7 ("Z1" is the regional code = from an International English System Install) to generate the .ps file.

My settings for the LaserWriter 8 page setup:
Paper A4
PostScript Options:
Smooth Text
Smooth Graphics
Precision Bitmap Alignment

Printer PPD file used: HP Color LaserJet 4500

BTW, in OS X, I didn't use Acrobat to convert the .ps. Rather, I used "Preview.app" which converts .ps to PDF "on the fly" as it opens the .ps file, then it's just a matter of saving the result.

If you would care to see if there's any difference in my generated .ps than what you produce, I've uploaded my .ps file plus the OS X PDF printout from it. You can grab it here.

That said. As a rule I don't usually create PDF in this fashion. My preference is for embedded Type-1 font subsets in PDF and using Distiller version 4.x (IMO the best Distiller Adobe ever created) on a PPC Mac. Distiller 4 embeds every font you can throw at it correctly, including all dingbats etc. So to do this I still keep a PPC Mac that can boot native into Mac OS 9, tho I also use it in SheepShaver to create PDFs.

You can see the difference here too, if you'd care to. The Compact Pro User's Guide (the user manual's PDF download in the page), here I used the same ".ps" file as linked above, to generate this PDF, too.

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by Idéfix - 2018, December 7 - 2:41am

@ WhosIt.There - 2018, December 6 - 9:20pm

Thanks anyway for your trouble. I don't want to bother you anymore with something that is just annoying since my plan B to save a Postscript job [which happenned rarely] is already to do it with Basilisk II w/System 7.5.5. But I would be curious to know if other users of MacOS9 have the same problem, either in an emulator or on a real machine...

WhosIt.There's picture
by WhosIt.There - 2018, December 7 - 2:20am

You could try installing Adobe's own Postscript printer driver, sometimes that helped when I was doing this on a real Mac. The end of the description for the Laserwriter 8 also suggests using it along with "Distiller version 3 or earlier for Basilisk II and Mini vMac II, and Distiller 4 or 5 for SheepShaver".

Printing to a Postscript or PDF was always a bit of a kludge. Often it depended on the program you're printing from - some programs like one method while other programs would work that way. Sad Occasionally you'd find a way that appeared to work, but checking the PDF whose fonts (especially dingbat ones) had been replaced with standard fonts or been turned into low-res images.

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by Idéfix - 2018, December 6 - 9:28pm

@ WhosIt.There - 2018, December 6 - 3:35pm
«If you've got Adobe Acrobat (full version, not the free Reader), then it comes with Distiller which should do a better job.»

No, the problem is definitively with the LaserWriter 8 driver in MacOS 9.0.4 because I have also tried to open these files with Acrobat 9 Pro and it didn't work either. Here is the message I have got with Distiller [in French, sorry]:

Acrobat Distiller 9.3.0
Début : Jeudi 6 décembre 2018 à 15:19
Adobe PostScript software version: 3018.101
CID support library initialization completed.

Erreur dans /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings/PDFX4 2008.joboptions :
/CheckCompliance out of range
Conversion de : untitled.ps
Heure de début : Jeudi 6 décembre 2018 à 15:19
Source : /Users/sylvain/Desktop/untitled.ps
Destination : /private/var/folders/YW/YWbaekShGP0v5dSlH+SKW++++TI/-Tmp-/TemporaryItems/AADistiller1865/untitled.pdf
Options Adobe PDF : /Users/sylvain/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings/Qualité standard

Impossible de localiser le fichier d'options Adobe PDF : /Users/sylvain/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings/Qualité standard

**** Opération non réalisée ****

Durée de conversion : 0 secondes (00:00:00)
**** Fin du travail ****

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by WhosIt.There - 2018, December 6 - 8:35pm

I have got this cryptic message from the Preview apps

Unfortunately Mac OS X's Preview is a bit "quirky" at the best of times, which is why I avoid it for anything other than simply displaying images. You might need to use something better. If you've got Adobe Acrobat (full version, not the free Reader), then it comes with Distiller which should do a better job.

There are free things like GhostScript (also available for "Classic" MacOS) or online converters as well.

You could try the Mac OS X Terminal command pstopdf, but it's likely that's what Preview uses anyway.
pstopdf inputfile.ps

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2018, December 6 - 7:31pm

NB: I should say that the versions of LaserWriter 8 driver I am using on my emulators are not the same:

- version 8.3.4 in Basilisk II w/System 7.5.5
- version Z1-8.7 in SheepShaver w/MacOS 9.0.4

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2018, December 6 - 2:33pm

@ WhosIt.There - 2018, December 6 - 6:15am
«Not sure about the "unreadable" file. You could try changing the filename extension to ".eps" or ".ps".»

By "unreadable", I mean that the end-result file is unrecognized by MacOSX and its applications. Problem is that in both emulators I am using the same default setup:

Save as file
Format: Postscript Job
Postscript Level: Level 1 Compatible
Data Format: ASCII
Font inclusion: None

And this is the message I have got in a red window in SheepShaver:
"The file "untitled" will be moved to the Trash because no desktop printer exists for this spool file."

Same thing when I am choosing "Data Format: Binary"

As for the files, no extension for both and generic white icon in MacOSX. After adding the extension (.ps or .eps) and double-clicking on it, I have got this cryptic message from the Preview apps: "untitled.os ! %%[ Warning: Postscript error. No PDF produced. ]%%" Same thing in every combinations. Totally useless files.

WhosIt.There's picture
by WhosIt.There - 2018, December 6 - 7:15am

Once you've got the Postscript file, you can use Adobe Distiller (free with PageMaker among others) to convert it to a proper PDF under old version of MacOS. Another option for single page documents is to open the Postscript file in Adobe Illustrator and then save it as a PDF - that will also allow you to tweak it (as long as the fonts aren't protected).

Not sure about the "unreadable" file. You could try changing the filename extension to ".eps" or ".ps".

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2018, December 6 - 2:41am

@ WhosIt.There - 2018, December 5 - 9:10pm

You're right, it is not a perfect solution. Plan B is usually to save the print job as a postscript file with LaserWriter 8 driver and MacOSX will complete the task afterwhile. At least, when I am using Basilisk II w/System 7.5. For some mysterious reasons, I am not able to do the same when I am working with SheepShaver w/MacOS 9.0.4 because all I get is a file unreadable by MacOSX.

WhosIt.There's picture
by WhosIt.There - 2018, December 6 - 2:10am

Print2PDF can be handy, but like most PDF 'printer drivers' (including Adobe's one) it does suffer from a few quirks, so it's often a matter of finding the 'printer driver' that works best for the current task you're trying to do.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, December 5 - 10:54pm

Thanks for the French version, Idéfix.

Idéfix's picture
by Idéfix - 2018, December 4 - 10:57pm

I have uploaded the French language version of PrintToPDF 2.4.4.
8th download: PrintToPDF-F2.4.4.sea.hqx

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2011, January 17 - 2:08pm

@IIGS_User: I went back as far as PrintToPDF vers. 1.5.4 and tested on Mini vMac - all results negative with the good old "Invalid F-Line" error bomb Sad

However, I tried out to great success my copy of the Acrobat 3 PDFWriter. This actually works on Mini vMac. So I've posted it up here. This is a lot better than the PrintToPDF extension - well, on the Mini vMac especially Wink

Now, getting a PDF Reader for Mini vMac is probably the next "Q" - the Acrobat version 1.0 thats here works great on Mini vMac. Whats missing from the Garden is version 2.x of the Acrobat Reader (though I don't know if it would still work on Mini vMac). Acrobat version 1.x is the only candidate for Mini vMac - Acrobat Reader 2 requires an '020 CPU (Mini vMac II is OK).

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by IIGS_User - 2011, January 16 - 5:35pm

@IIGS_User: However... Is this PDF printer compatible with a 68000 CPU, such as what the Mini vMac emulates (e.g. a Mac Plus)?

I came across PrintToPDF again by checking the new entry In Control, where the application asked for a Printer driver at all (which was not installed in my configuration before).

But you're right: I've checked again after your comment, by trying to edit the PrintToPDF preferences (reachable by the Print dialog of an application), the emulated Mac inside of Mini vMac crashes with the well-known bomb ("Invalid F-Line command").

However, the new upload is fine else.

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by MikeTomTom - 2011, January 16 - 2:38pm

@IIGS_User: However... Is this PDF printer compatible with a 68000 CPU, such as what the Mini vMac emulates (e.g. a Mac Plus)?

The ReadMe says, should run on Mac OS 7.0 or later, but does not say what CPU it can run on. I ask, because since re-stuffing and uploading I've been running this on Mini vMac (stable, Mac Plus ROM, Mac OS 7.1.1) and it crashes if I try to make any changes to its preferences or other settings.

How do you fare?

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by MikeTomTom - 2011, January 16 - 1:48pm

@IIGS_User: I think you are right. I've uploaded a re-Stuffed archive in Stuffit 3.5 format. Hopefully it is more useful for older systems (including Mini vMac users).

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by IIGS_User - 2011, January 16 - 9:32am

Is anyone able to unstuff the file given within Mini vMac?
Me, not, but copying over to Mini vMac using Basilisk works fine,
(another but) it should be able to unstuff within Mini vMac.

So I believe this is a Stuffit 5 file, but should be a Stuffit 4 file instead.

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, October 24 - 3:11pm

Don't worry, I'm accustomed to seeing that from some people. My brain automatically compensates.

MacWise's picture
by MacWise - 2009, October 23 - 6:47pm
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How's that a good thing? Puzzled

Update: He edited his post without explanations and now I'm the one who sounds like I typed while my brain was on vacation. What a lack of netiquette...

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by Fortuna Wave - 2009, October 23 - 3:55pm

A bad thing this program does not work in OS 7.6.

MacWise's picture
by MacWise - 2009, June 16 - 7:59am
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A one-of-a-kind shareware treasure that saved my butt more than once. Now it's freeware! Smile If only the same thing would happen with the Classic version of GraphicConverter...