I just started using the Web Receipts folder. What else am I missing out on?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by devburke, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Hey, I’ve been using OS X for a few years now and hanging around these forums and know a lot of the tricks. But there are still probably some nice things I’m not using that I would find useful, even ones I know about. I’ve kinda known about the web receipts folder for awhile, but didn’t actually use it until yesterday. I suspect a lot of people don’t even know it exists. What other nice little touches am I missing out on in OS X?
  2. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    what are you using it for? I thought the receipts folder was where the history of software updates was stored...
  3. devburke thread starter Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    That’s receipts, not web receipts. Web receipts is a folder that’s created when you first use it. It’s in the print dialog, under the “PDF” button.

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    It’s basically a place for you to store receipts for online purchases (you know, the ones that say “Print this page” although nobody ever does). It’s created in your Documents folder. Of course, you could do this manually, but this automation is a nice touch.

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  4. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
  5. devburke thread starter Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    I’ve missed the O RLY? owl!
  6. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Can one change the location of the web receipts folder?
  7. devburke thread starter Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Not the one that option goes to, but one can save PDFs manually to that folder (a “Save as PDF” option is also under the PDF button), or better yet, create your own option in Automator. Just fire it up and choose the Print Plugin template. It takes a PDF of whatever you’re printing as the input, and when you save the workflow, it’s automatically added under the “PDF” button in the print menu. You could just use the “New Folder” Automator action, which copies the PDF to that folder and creates it if it doesn’t exist already. What you’ll want to be careful about though is preventing overwriting files with the same name. The “web receipts” action used to do this, which was a problem, but as of SL (maybe even as of Leopard, I dunno) it just adds a .2 or something to the filename. I’ll let you figure that out.
  8. southerndoc macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I save PDF's to an iDisk web receipts folder.

    Can you change the default file location for the Save as PDF to Web Receipts Folder? I never knew that shortcut existed. I don't want it to save PDF's to my local hard disk. Prefer them on my iDisk so it's sync'd between my desktop and laptop and accessible from my iPhone if needed.
  9. devburke thread starter Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    See my post above. Basically the answer is no and yes. You can’t edit the “Save as PDF to Web Receipts Folder” option, but you can create your own (Mail PDF and that stuff are basically just Automator workflows). Choose the Print Plugin template in Automator, and when you save it, your workflow will be added to the PDF menu. Just be careful to make sure your workflow won’t overwrite a previous web receipt with the same name (maybe date/time stamping each one?).
  10. devburke thread starter Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Here’s an example of how you could use a custom Web Receipts folder. Open the workflow and change it to your liking (particularly the destination folder). Right now I have the beginning of the filename date stamped and time stamped. The only way this should overwrite is if you manage to safe two Web Receipts at the exact same time. I guess daylight savings could potentially be a problem, for that one hour that overlaps…but it’s really unlikely. If there’s a way to get Automator to check for existing files, and rename the new one if it already exists, I haven’t figured it out.

    Anyway, once you’ve customized this workflow, create a folder called PDF Services in ~/Library and drop it there, or drop it in /Library/PDF Services if you want all users to be able to use it.

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  11. RedCloud75013 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    yes - in Leopard too, it adds a .# in the filename - no overwriting.
  12. Morod macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2008
    On The Nickel, over there....
    Cool beans! Thanks for letting me know about this feature. I have no idea what else I'm not using in OS X! :p
  13. ahebert, Jan 25, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2011

    ahebert macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2011

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