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Mac OS X Hacks by Rael Dornfest, Kevin Hemenway

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Printing to PDF or Bitmapped Image

Printing to PDF or bitmapped TIFF image under OS X is built right in, available to almost any application with Print functionality.

OS X’s reliance on PDFs for everything from the Dock to Print Preview presents quite a boon when it comes to PDF viewing support and the creation of simple PDFs. While it’s something that ordinarily requires specialized software, printing to PDF or bitmapped TIFF image under OS X is built right in, available to almost any application with the ability to print.

From your application, choose Print — almost always File Print or

Printing to PDF or Bitmapped Image

-P. In the Print dialog, select the application-specific settings from the pull-down menu (Copies & Pages should be selected by default) and make any adjustments you wish. These range from simple font selection to Internet Explorer’s wide-page handling and control over the inclusion of headers and footers, images, and backgrounds. Some applications make their options available outside of the Print dialog via an Option button. When you’re ready, rather than being tempted by the pulsating Print button, click Preview (see Figure 3-12).

Internet Explorer’s Print dialog

Figure 3-12. Internet Explorer’s Print dialog

If Print Preview’s more visual way of adjusting options is more your game — and is available to you in the application ...

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