create a PDF directly from the Finder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sir42, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. sir42 macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2003
    NY, NY
    Is there a way to select a file from the finder and print it to a PDF file without opening it up?

    I often have Pages or Numbers files that I want to share with Windows users, and I'd love to ctrl-click or right-click on the file in the Finder and print it to a PDF without opening the file.

  2. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

    Nov 19, 2003
    Have you tried Automator?

    Unfortunatly I'm not a Mac right now so I don't know if it is possible but it is the only thing I could think of off the top of my head.
  3. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    You used to be able to print directly from the Finder, but no longer in OSX. As nearly as I can tell, Automator doesn't provide any method for creating a PDF without opening the owning application and executing the Print command, but you could probably create a workflow in Automator that does the job automatically.

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