Problem with "Mail PDF" in the print options

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by jamesarm97, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. jamesarm97 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    I use the "Mail PDF" action in the lower left of the print dialogs all the time to quickly email a copy of what I am printing. In Lion when I try it all I get is a spinning "working" action on the menu. After about a minute I get a popup saying:

    "The action “New Mail Message” encountered an error."
    Check the actionʼs properties and try running the workflow again.

    I though those were standard options in the print dialog and part of preview or the operating system. Has anyone else had a problem with this? It looks like it is more related to the creating of a new mail message rather than creating the pdf.
  2. jamesarm97 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2006
    Found the problem. It seems to be a bug in the Full Screen Mail mode. Can anyone confirm this? If I have Mail in Full Screen mode, then go to Pages or any program and Print then select the PDF option "Mail PDF", it will error after a minute. If I exit Full Screen mode it work.
  3. joshfree macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2007
    I'm having the same problem in Mountain Lion, but with Mail in non-full-screen (normal) mode. Anybody find a fix? :confused:
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    There are some old copies of this workflow from previous OSes that don't work with Lion.
    The "Mail PDF" workflow will be in /Library/PDF Services or <user>/Library/PDF Services. You can try opening the workflow in Automator, or creating a new one.

    However, the easiest way to reinstate this feature is to create an alias of the Mail app in either of the PDF Services folders, and rename it "Mail PDF".
    Note that items in the user PDF Services folder appear lower down the list on the PDF button menu.

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