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Is there a way to install a printer that prints to pdf?

There's a lot of discussions about this in the web foruns, but none seens to work.

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Ubuntu ships with this functionality. Try opening gedit Install gedit or another GUI text editor and clicking the print button:

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When the Print dialog appears, select the "Print to File" printer and select a location for the PDF. After clicking Print, you should end up with a PDF file in that location containing an identical copy of what would have printed on a sheet of paper.

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It's correct, the problem is with wine! Apps running under wine will not have access to this printer.. :( –  Tom Brito Nov 22 '11 at 19:44
The cups-pdf printer is available also for applications running under wine. –  tohuwawohu Nov 23 '11 at 8:55
a lot of other image and text viewers and editors have this option –  cipricus Jun 7 '12 at 15:55

If you've CUPS installed, you can easily add a "PDF Printer" by installing the cups-pdf Install cups-pdf package:

$ apt-get install cups-pdf

The pdf printer provided by that package will "print" the resulting PDFs into the /home/[user]/PDF directory.

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Whenever you print , there is already an option for "print to file". I hope you are talking about that.. if not then please elaborate your question

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Yes, depending on the software you are using there's already this option. But for Astah UML, for example, there isn't. I would like something like the "print2pdf" software (this one, for Windows). –  Tom Brito Nov 22 '11 at 19:28

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