I am trying to export a set of images to PDF. The function runs and then brings up an error message that the file is not available for writing
Is the PDF with the same filename already open on your computer? Or is it selected for preview? In these cases, PDF cannot be written, hence the error.
Ensure this PDF (if already present on your system) is not open or selected for preview.
Nothing was open, however, to make things more confusing I've just been able to get at a windows 7 machine and perform the same action and it works flawlessly. So is this something that needs some obscure setting fixing on the Mac?
Like I said, the file doesn't have to be open. Was the file with the same filename you were creating the PDF as already existing in your system? If it was, even if you had opened it in Finder and selected the file for Preview in Finder, PDF writing will fail sometimes.
Either that, or, a permission issue. Can you try creating on a different location or check folder permissions to ensure you have permissions to write to that file? Or, can you try with a different filename in the same or a different location?
No files with the same name exist. I've tried different folders and file names but it still comes back with the message "Unable to open file for writing. It may be locked or unavailable."
This would tend to suggest that it cannot create the PDF file. Could this be an external problem with PDFs
Since I only need it occasionally I'll do it via a windows system since that works flawlessly.
Can you export the files as JPG images first.
Then open Photoshop > File > Automate > PDF Presentation
Add your jpg images here. Create a Multi-page document and hit OK.
See if this is able to create the PDF for you. If it works, there is no problem with the PDFwriter extension in PS. It will have to do with some file permission or something else which we have to dig deeper to analyse.
Hi. You’ve posted your question in a forum that is for beginners trying to learn the basics of Photoshop. I'm moving your question to the Photoshop General Discussion forum for specialized attention to your situation.
Yes - seems like an issue with the PDF Presentation plug-in.
Can you try this. Create a new user account on your Mac OS. Run Photoshop from there. Run this PDF Presentation plug-in and try to save the file. Let us know if that works.
Not that I'm aware of. But, you can try using CS Cleaner tool to clean traces of CS installations and re-install the program afresh. This will fix faulty installations.
You can download CS cleaner here: http://www.adobe.com/support/contact/cscleanertool.html