MCX Lessons from Macworld

January 20, 2009

wgmManaging OS X, Greg Neagle’s OS X sysadmin blog, has a great PDF of slides from Greg’s Macworld presentation on MCX & managed preferences in OS X. If you’re involved in client management in any way on OS X, you should probably take a minute to check this out.

You can download the PDF direct from his blog here.

compresspdfworkflow1Last post I mentioned how Apple had moved the options for compressing PDFs from the Print Dialog to inside the Preview applications Save Dialog. While the process certainly works, it adds a number of additional steps that can end up being a bit of a pain if you make more than a few PDFs in a day.

Fortunately, Skycoast Pictures has created a workflow that restores the “Compress PDF” option to the Print Dialog. Simply download & install the package & you’re back to 1-step PDF creation!

You can find the package at Apple’s download site.

compresspdfworkflowOS X 10.5 does not exhibit the “Compress PDF” workflow on the Print dialog that used to appear in OS X 10.4. This has caused more than a little confusion and headache trying to get documents down to an appropriate size for emailing, etc.

The feature’s not lost, however. Apple (in their wisdom) has just decided to move the process into the Preview application. Here are the steps for compressing a PDF, as listed in Preview’s Help documentation:

To compress a PDF file:

Step 1

Open Preview, in your Applications folder.

Step 2

Choose File > Open, select the PDF file to compress, and then click Open.

Step 3

Choose File > Save As, choose Reduce File Size from the Quartz Filter pop-up menu, and choose a name and location for the new PDF file.

Step 4

Click Save.

Quite a few steps more than before, I know. Check out Part 2 for a return to 10.4-style PDF compression.