trouble converting a .doc to a .pdf

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thouts, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. thouts macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2008
    I'm running office 2004 on my MBP. Normally I would just hit file, print, print to adobe PDF to convert to a PDF and everything worked fine. Now i'm getting an error message when I try to do this...anyone ever had this happen to them?
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
  3. thouts thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 2, 2008
    it says "You need to install software to use this printer. To install the software, choose Software Update from the Apple menu. If the software for your printer isn’t available in Software Update, contact the manufacturer of your printer."

    I checked to see if there was new software, there was not. This just happened...not sure why. Seems like it thinks its an actual printer...i'm just trying to print to PDF
  4. Scippy macrumors regular

    Jan 12, 2009
    Are you up to date with your updates?

    Also, can't you just choose "Save As," and instead of .doc, PDF?
  5. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Will it print normally?
    If not, then maybe there is a problem with the printer software itself somehow

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  6. chill. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    are you trying to convert or print?

    is printing as a pdf different from printing as a doc?
  7. oogieboogiex macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2009
    I don't use Word often. I don't recall exactly when the ability to save as a PDF was introduce on the mac version... I know at work we had that issue, we could not save as PDF, but that may have been 2001, not Office 2004. I know it's there now (I recently got Office 2008 installed).

    Sounds like something maybe corrupted in the PDF engine. Not sure if you have another program you could make a PDF from (like Quark or InDesign, not Illustrator) you could try testing to see if it's just a Word issue. The update necessary may be an Adobe dl, not an Apple one.
  8. Chappers macrumors 68020


    Aug 12, 2003
    At home
    I have Office 2008 or something but when I want a PDF - I use OpenOffice (freeware) and it has an export to PDF button on its menu bar at the top.

    Much nicer than "Word"

    doesn't help with your Word problem but is a work around.

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