I swear one of these days the world will be overtaken by .pdf files. You see them everywhere! Instruction manuals seem to come as .pdf instead of print, maps & instructions online are in .pdf format. Now, using Ubuntu, how can we make our own PDF? Yeah, we can do it in a few steps below.
- Install cups-pdf support using: sudo aptitude install cups-pdf
- Edit the configuration just a titch: sudo gedit /etc/cups/cupsd.conf
- Change RunAsUser Yes to RunAsUser No, save the file.
- Restart CUPS: sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys restart
At this point the process and system is in place to be able to “Print to PDF” we simply need to configure the printer to allow it as an option.
- Navigate to “System” > “Administration” > “Printing”
- Select “New Printer”
- Make sure “Local Printer” is selected and “Use a detected printer: PDF Printer”
- Click “Forward”
- Navigate to “Generic” manufacturer and select “Postscript Color Printer” (or closest match)
- Save & Finish your changes
At this point you can simply Print to PDF from any application. Simply navigate to the “Print” option and select your new printer. When you’ve notified the system to print using the new PDF Printer it will automagically save a PDF file within a new “PDF” subdirectory of HOME.
There you go. Who needs Adobe anymore to create a PDF file. …and who said Linux wasn’t ready for the desktop?