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Many users want to discover how to print PDF files on Mac. There are many PDF printers that can do this, with no additional settings required. This article reviews the 8 top-rated PDF printers for Mac, and also outlines their advantages and disadvantages.

8 Best PDF Printers for Mac

1. PDFelement for Mac

PDFelement for Mac is equipped with one of the best printing functions, capable of printing any edited PDF file. It includes embedded adjustable page boxes that will help you set the printing size when you setting up your printing job. The following steps will help you print PDF files easily with PDFelement.

PDFelement is an all-in-one PDF solution, which enable users to edit PDFs, annotate PDFs, create PDFs, convert PDFs, protect PDFs, sign PDFs and print PDFs.

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Benefits of PDFelement for Mac:

  • Text, images, and pages can be easily edited, inserted, or deleted within the PDF.
  • It's easy to combine two or more PDFs into one file, or split a large file into separate files.
  • Passwords and permission restrictions are used to protect PDF documents.
  • Fill and edit an existing PDF form, or create a new one with various fields, buttons and boxes.
  • Convert PDFs to a wide range of file formats or vice versa.
  • It supports macOS X 10.10, 10.11, 10.12, 10.13, and 10.14 Mojave.

Step 1: Open and Print

Open the file that you want to print to PDF with PDFelement for Mac. Click "File" > "Print" or use the Command+P keyboards to open the print command window.

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Step 2: Set Printing Options and Save

Set the printing options you prefer. Click the PDF button on the print window and choose Save as PDF from the drop-down menu. Name the PDF file and select a location to save it to.

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2. Adobe® Acrobat®

Adobe® Acrobat® makes it possible to create and print PDFs from any application on Mac. When you install Acrobat, you are also installing a virtual printer known as Adobe PDF. It is important to note that when you print to this printer, it converts your document to an Adobe PDF file on Mac instead of printing sheets of paper. You can do this through the following steps.

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  • Step 1: Choose "File" > "Print". Choose Adobe PDF in the printer popup menu on your Mac system.
  • Step 2: Click on "Save as Adobe PDF". A dialog box will open and you'll have to select either Adobe PDF or another PDF reader.
  • Step 3: After making your choice, you will be prompted to name the PDF file and select a location to save it to. Type a name for your PDF file and Click "OK" to save it.

However, Adobe Acrobat XI will come to the end of its life cycle on October 15, 2017. This is why it's important to be aware of the best alternatives to Adobe Acrobat.


3. Mac Computer Built-in PDF Printer

You can use the built-in printing feature on Mac to create PDF files directly, or print webpages, documents, or any type of file as a PDF document without the need for additional software. The process is simple, and in just few steps, you can print to PDF. It works by exporting the file as a PDF on the Mac print service. The following steps outline how to do this.

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  • Step 1: Open the file you would like to print to PDF.
  • Step 2: Click on the file menu, and select "Print" or alternatively you can use the Command+P shortcut to open the Print dialogue box.
  • Step 3: Find the PDF button in the lower left-hand corner and select "Save as PDF". Click on "Save" in the dialog box and save it to your desired location.

4. PDF Writer for Mac

This program installs a printer drive on Mac, which enables users to create any PDF file by using the "Print" option within most popular file formats. Note that it does not use ghostsc_x_ript to generate PDF files but it uses the Mac internal PDF capabilities which are designed to create synergy among different PDF tasks.

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Advantages:

  • Offers a simple way to create PDFs just by printing.
  • It supports to merge multiple images in order to create one PDF file.
  • Undergoes frequent updates.

Disadvantages:

  • The PDF writer for Mac only comes with the print function.
  • It is based on CUPS-PDF and the output file size can be quite large.

5. CUPS-PDF

CUPS-PDF is an open source backend module for CUPS and it is a great tool if you want to print files to PDF format. The CUPS-PDF package for Mac is the standard version in macOS. In any program, you just need to choose the print command, select the PDF button on the dialog box, and then choose the " Save as PDF" option. It will give you a virtual printer in which it prints a PDF file when a normal print task is sent to it. It is important to note that it is possible to create a desktop printer and use it to create PDF documents as well.

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Advantages:

  • CUPS-PDF is free and very handy especially if you want to save time.
  • It is valuable for automating your print PDF mac task.

Disadvantages:

  • It can be a bit confusing for users trying to save a document as a PDF.
  • Navigation is not as easy as with some other printers.

6. iPubsoft PDF Creator for Mac

It creates PDF files from many image and text document formats, including jpg, tif, ico, gif, bmp, pcx, cur, xpm, tga, and ani etc. It provides plenty of tools for creating quality PDF documents efficiently and conveniently, maintained with the exact format. For instance, it can create other format file to a PDF document with highly quality, and maintain with the same layout and format of the original document and a customized specific path to save the output file.

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Advantages:

  • It supports to merge multiple PDF documents into a single PDF document.
  • The created PDF document still have the same format and layout of the original document.
  • Features are easy to use.

Disadvantages:

  • It does not support well to keep the same formatting from excel or word documents.
  • It does not support to add encryption to PDF files.

7. CUTEPDF

CutePDF is one of the most sought after free print to PDF solutions, and has an easy name to remember! It works as a stand-alone interface that can work with ghost script to help you create a PDF file without buying writer software. It has a virtual printer for all print support applications in your computer. To print PDF with CutePDF printer, it is important to first install a PS2PDF converter which is a postsc_x_ript driver that supports to process PDF printing task. Printing with the CutePDF involves using the "Print" button and selecting the destination folder to save the output file.

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Advantages:

  • There are two versions - the free version and the paid version. However, the free version has almost identical features to the paid version.
  • It is fast and has the capability to re-size printed PDF files to a more email friendly size.

Disadvantages:

  • To get the password protect feature, you will need to upgrade the program to the paid version.
  • It does not have a text editing tool. Therefore, it isn't possible to alter your PDF documents.

8. Bullzip PDF Printer

Bullzip PDF printer has the capability to give you a high quality output every time. It has the most features among it competitors. With Bullzip, it is possible to password your PDF files, add any water mark and merge multiple documents. The program comes with translation capabilities for variety of languages. It is so simple enough for a casual worker to operate and it is a very valuable tool to have in a corporate settings. To print on Bullzip PDF printer, you will need to choose the Bullzip printer driver, customize the output PDF files and save it.

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Advantages:

  • It has an easy to navigate interface with great capabilities for adding security and display settings via a dialog box.
  • It has the ability to encrypt PDF files.

Disadvantages:

  • It is not possible to deploy the output search function in the exported files and there's no way users can control the output's file zoom level when opened with Adobe reader.

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