16 Replies Latest reply: Jul 22, 2015 10:53 AM by Bill@VT RSS

    Manually installing  PDF Printer

    zwie0005 Community Member

      Hi,

       

      My name is Justin and i work for Desktop support for a company. Im currently having a issue with installing  a PDF printer, we install Adobe Writer 9 Pro through the network using advertised programs on Win XP. Whenever i install the application it does not seem to automatically install a PDF printer on my pritner list. When i attempt to manually add it i get through all the steps sucessfully, however upon clicking finish, it then opens a directory box which wants me to point it somewhere, when i click cancel it then says something about inserting disk. Where i work discs are dissallowed, can anyone tell me where it wants me to point it or any potential workaround that i would not have to specify a path? My assumption is that it wants something from system 32 or adobe's program files but it does not specify.

       

      Thanks

        • 1. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
          Rave Adobe Employee

          Please note that the Adobe PDF Printer functionality to create PDF files  is only available with Adobe Acrobat (paid version), and not with Adobe Reader (free version).

          Solution 1

          Repair the Acrobat installation using the option in the Help menu.

          Solution 2

          Uninstall and then re-install Acrobat on your Windows OS.

          Solution 3

          Manually install the PDF Printer

          • Click Start >  Control Panel > Devices and Printers
          • Select Add a printer
          • Select Add a local printer
          • Check Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down.  Click Next
          • Click the Have Disk… button
          • Click the Browse… button
          • Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF
          • Select AdobePDF.inf from the list, then click the OK button
          • You will see many Adobe PDF Converters in the list, however count six down from the top and click Next (you may need to try this numerous times to find the correct Converter from the list that works with your version of Windows)
          • Name your printer, e.g. Adobe PDF
          • Follow the rest of the prompts and your PDF printer should now be installed correctly

          If you are later prompted for the ADPDF9.PPD file, it can be found in the C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF\<OS version> folders.

          • 2. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
            Harron K. Appleman Community Member

            Thank you very much for that, Rave -- especially the manual install procedure. Very helpful.

            • 3. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
              Cookie0003 Community Member

              Hi Rave ~~

              I also am having problems with my PDF Printer. It worked fine for years, then a few months ago it disappeared from the printer list and now I can't print to PDF. I tried your Solution 3, Mannually Install PDF Printer, as described above but my file structure for Acrobat 6.0 doesn't look like what you described for Acrobat 10.0.

               

              In Step 4, after checking 'Use an existing port', there is no 'Documents\*.pdf' to select from the drop down.

              In Step 7, there is no path on my c drive called C:\Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Acrobat\Xtras

              I searched my entire harddrive and backup drive for a file named, AdobePDF.inf. There isn't one on there.

               

              Can you send me the installation procedure that will work with Acrobat 6.0? I would be so grateful. I am unable to use Solution 1 or 2 as my source disk is packed in one of a garage full of boxes.

               

              I am using a Dell XPS running Windows XP SP3. I usually use FireFox 17.0.1 browser, but occasionally use IE 8.0.6001.

              All updates are current.

              • 4. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                TdeV1 Community Member

                How does this change for Version 11?

                 

                Note: I don't particularly want Adobe *.pdf to end up in

                \Desktop or

                \Documents

                so can I just type in a directory of my own choosing?

                 

                Thanks.

                • 5. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                  mac817 Community Member

                  Can you please help me install adobe as a printer for windows 8. I have adobe 11.1. Thanks

                  • 6. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                    Bill@VT MVP

                    You should be able to open Acrobat and go to Help>Detect and Repair. For updates you will have to access them from ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/acrobat/.

                    • 7. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                      Bill@VT MVP

                      My guess is you have Reader 11.1, not Acrobat. If you have Acrobat 11.0.09 the printer should automatically be installed. Reader does not include the print driver, the latter simply being a PS printer driver. To get PDFs you also need Distiller that is part of the Acrobat release.

                      • 8. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                        Bill@VT MVP

                        Just check in the properties of the Adobe PDF printer and you can check to always ask where to create the PDF.

                        • 9. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                          jmk909er Community Member

                          I have tried to install as a printer and these are not options that I have. I am using Adobe Reader XI, Windows 7, Firefox

                           

                          When I follow this step: Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down.  Click Next

                          this is not an option that I have.

                           

                          If I manually try to: Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF

                          This is not an option that I have either.

                           

                          What I am trying to do is save a gmail as a PDF. From all my searches online it looks like I can do it if I can install PDF as a printer but I don't see a way to do this. Is there a way?

                          Thanks, Joe

                          • 10. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                            jhmaidan Community Member

                            Joe - Did you ever get help on this? I just recently downloaded the free trial for Acrobat Adobe Reader X1 and the PDF printer did not automatically install to my printers and I can't figure out to add it. Please let me know if you figured it out

                            • 11. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                              RahulTyagi4you Adobe Employee

                              Hey Jhmaidan,

                               

                              As suggested By Rave, Adobe PDF Printer functionality to create PDF files is only available with Adobe Acrobat (paid version), and not with Adobe Reader (free version).


                              Regards,

                              Rahul

                              • 12. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                                billt13375411 Community Member

                                Using Windows 7 Pro 64 bit trying to save as pdf using print option. Pay for ability to create them but shouldn't need the subscription to do so.

                                 

                                "Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down.  Click Next" --- Doesn't exist

                                 

                                "Navigate to C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat 10.0\Acrobat\Xtras\AdobePDF" --- Doesn't exist

                                 

                                 

                                Any help greatly appreciated

                                 

                                • 13. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                                  melisad37117138 Community Member

                                  This worked to a tee thank you!

                                  • 14. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                                    melisad37117138 Community Member

                                    I though that as well, but each slash / is a new file to open, First:Program Files (x86), then click open: Adobe then click open: Acrobat 10.0\ and so on, you will find each step works accordingly.

                                    • 15. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                                      jr12fuller Community Member

                                      I am using Windows 8.1.

                                       

                                      When I get to this:

                                       

                                      "Check Use an existing port and select Documents\*.pdf (Adobe PDF) from the drop down.  Click Next"

                                       

                                      There is no Adobe option to select.  How should I proceed?

                                       

                                      Thanks,

                                      • 16. Re: Manually installing  PDF Printer
                                        Bill@VT MVP

                                        Do you have Acrobat installed? The printer is part of Acrobat and Acrobat is required to install the printer.