[sf-lug] Installing and configuring CUPS PDF printer (highly abridged instructions)

Sameer Verma sverma at sfsu.edu
Thu Feb 21 23:24:17 PST 2008

RBV wrote:
> Hi:
> At the last SF-LUG meeting I was asked how to enable "printing" to PDF files in Ubuntu.
> Here's a highly abridged condensation of the instructions as given in the book "Ubuntu Hacks".
> 1. Use "sudo apt-get install cups-pdf" to install the PDF printer.
> 2. In the System menu, choose Administration > Printing to display the "Add a printer" dialog box.
> 3. In the "Add a printer" dialog box, choose Printer > Add a printer.
>    The utility takes several seconds to read the printer database, then displays the first Add a Printer dialog box.
> 4. In the first Add a Printer dialog box, choose Local Printer, choose PDF Printer, then click Forward.
>    The Add a Printer dialog box displays a second dialog box.
> 5. In the second Add a Printer dialog box, in the Manufacturer list choose Generic, then in the Model area choose postscript color printer.
> 6.  Click Apply to assert the changes.
> Open a program, choose File > Print, then choose postscript-color-printer.  The printer driver will create a PDF and place it in <home>/PDF.
> Note that you can also use System > Administration > Printing to select the postscript printer and from there find your way to the printer's configuration menu so as to print a PDF test page.
> I find this method of printing to PDFs very useful...
> Cheers & hope this helps,
> Riley
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I usually check the "print to file" box in the Print dialog and print 
the file to a postscript file. Then I drop to a shell and use ps2pdf to 
convert to PDF.  Your approach is easier to use though once it is set up.


Dr. Sameer Verma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Information Systems
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132 USA

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