You must be well aware of the fact that portable document format, shortly named as PDF, is an open standard for capturing and transferring documents from device to device. The reason behind that is PDF files can be opened and accessed on any system or portable device irrespective of its operating system.
They can be viewed on almost any OS and program like Mac OS X and applications running on the operating system. Yet another simple way to create a PDF on a Mac is to print the document using the Adobe virtual printer.
By this method, the printer can be added by using the "Add Printer" utility available for use in the Mac operating system. But in order to set up the Adobe printer, the drivers must be installed on your system or device. Below discussed is the guide that will help you to set up a PDF printer on a Mac machine.
Step 1: Firstly double click on the "Mac hard drive" icon shown on the desktop screen. Here, select the "Applications" folder, and then inside that choose the "Utilities" folder from the list displayed.
Now, you have to select "Print & Fax" from the list of Utilities shown. Thereafter, the Print & Fax window will open on your screen.
Step 2: In the next step, click on the "+" button present below the pane containing the list of printers at the left-side of the window. Subsequently, the "Add Printer" window will open up. Then type "PDF" in the search bar displayed on the top-right corner of your window.
Step 3: In the third step, select "Adobe PDF" from the list of printers given in the results list. Further, in the "Print Using" section select "Adobe PDF" with the drop-down menu of installed drivers.
In case you don't find an Adobe print driver, go to the adobe.com website and jump to the Adobe Print Driver Plug-in download for Mac system. Next, click on the "Proceed to Download" button displayed. With this, the Download window will open itself.
Choose the Printer Descriptions" folder and download the PDF Plugin file along with the Acrobat Distiller file. Now, click on the "Browse" button and then select the "Mac hard drive," "System" Folder," "Extensions" and, finally, "Printer Descriptions." This way the driver will now be shown in the list of installed drivers.
Step 4: Lastly, all you have to do is to click on the "Add" button shown in the Add Printer window. So, yes you have successfully set up a PDF printer on a Mac as now the PDF printer is added to the list of available printers.
Hope this easy step by step is useful to set up a PDF printer on a Mac.