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Old 11-26-2008, 10:21 AM   #1
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Printing - "Save as PDF" settings

When printing and saving as PDF, the Title and Author are filled in automatically by default. The window title is the Title, and the current user is the Author.

I would prefer the Title and Author to be be blank. I have tried to search everywhere to find where these settings can changed, but no luck.

How to change the default settings for Title and Author when "Save as PDF"?
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Old 11-28-2008, 01:35 AM   #2
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Where are you printing and saving as PDF from? A program? Are you doing this from a specific printer? Provide more details if you can. Also, you can use Acrobat Reader (free from Adobe; google it to find and install) to adjust the PDF properties such as Title, Author, etc.
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Old 11-28-2008, 09:06 AM   #3
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I don't know how to stop the addition of title and author when using the Save as PDF ... dialog. However, after the fact, you could remove title and author with a simple Automator workflow:

Get Specified Finder Items
Set PDF Metadata (check Title and Author, then leave those field blank)

Save the workflow as an application. (Alternatively, save as a plug-in if you're fond of contextual menu items.)

Drop one or more PDFs on the application icon to remove the title and author stored in PDF metadata.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:46 PM   #4
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yes, stopping the metadata (Title, Author) from auto-filling is what I want to happen.

It's information that should not be saved with the file, and it is very annoying to delete the information everytime when saving PDF.
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Old 12-05-2008, 12:57 PM   #5
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It depends on the program you're printing from, but it's usually in the Application selection after you've selected print. See attached screenshot from Safari.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:00 PM   #6
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It depends on the program you're printing from, but it's usually in the Application selection after you've selected print. See attached screenshot from Safari.

Sorry, I don't understand what you are talking about.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:06 PM   #7
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File -> Print -> print window pops up: different windows for different applications.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:09 PM   #8
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File -> Print -> print window pops up: different windows for different applications.

Sorry, I don't understand how that might be remotely relevant to the topic of this thread.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:27 PM   #9
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You're kidding, right?

If I print this page to pdf, I can choose whether I want headers or not.
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Old 12-05-2008, 01:28 PM   #10
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With headers.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:03 PM   #11
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arcturus is talking about the Title and Author fields that are presented when choosing "Save as PDF". Not headers, authorship information.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:21 PM   #12
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That must be a Leopard thing, because I don't see it in Tiger.
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Old 12-05-2008, 07:43 PM   #13
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This process should work but doesn't:

Set up a custom print-to-PDF Automator workflow that creates and overwrites the metadata in a single step. There's only one action:

Set PDF Metadata (check Title and Author, then leave those fields blank)

Save the workflow as a Print Workflow plug-in. The new workflow shows up in the print-to-PDF menu items.

Then, when it comes time to print a document to PDF, rather than choose "Save as PDF ..." choose the new custom workflow.

As I say, it should work. It almost does, but no PDF ever appears on the Desktop. However, the PDF, with blank Title and Author fields, briefly appears in /private/tmp/printing.**** and then disappears after a minute or so. And that's where I'm stuck.

cwtnospam--Yeah, it's a Leopard thing and apparently still a little buggy.
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:37 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by macosnoob
This process should work but doesn't:

Set up a custom print-to-PDF Automator workflow that creates and overwrites the metadata in a single step. There's only one action:

Set PDF Metadata (check Title and Author, then leave those fields blank)

Save the workflow as a Print Workflow plug-in. The new workflow shows up in the print-to-PDF menu items.

Then, when it comes time to print a document to PDF, rather than choose "Save as PDF ..." choose the new custom workflow.

As I say, it should work. It almost does, but no PDF ever appears on the Desktop. However, the PDF, with blank Title and Author fields, briefly appears in /private/tmp/printing.**** and then disappears after a minute or so. And that's where I'm stuck.

cwtnospam--Yeah, it's a Leopard thing and apparently still a little buggy.

Try adding a Finder Action to the workflow to move the file to the Desktop.
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Old 03-07-2009, 09:10 PM   #15
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You can get this feature by working around the bug and installing CUPS-PDF

http://www.codepoetry.net/projects/cups-pdf-for-mosx

And then use the Print Finder Items in the Automator workflow, save as Print Workflow plug-in.

Note you have to put the Print Finder Items first on the list in the workflow in Automator, then put any additional file mods after it, the PDF Metadata thing works.

Also, be sure to put the location you want the files to go to in location field of the Options & Supplies tab of the Print & Fax preferences pane, for example /Users/user-name/Desktop
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Old 03-08-2009, 04:24 PM   #16
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Interesting workaround! Now if only Apple could make Automator work as it's supposed to, we wouldn't need such fixes.
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Old 04-07-2009, 09:51 AM   #17
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Send feedback to Apple

Hey, I agree that it's annoying. I often 'save as pdf' interesting articles I find on the web, and I'm always listed as the Author, which is flattering, but completely untrue.

The only suggestion that I can offer is to send feedback to Apple:
http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

I've just done it, and if enough people do it, hopefully it'll be considered.

I chose the categories Efficiency/Workflow and Printing, the subject: "Save as PDF metatags autofill" and wrote the following text:
I often 'save as pdf' from Safari and the metadata for Title and Author are autofilled. The problem here is that I'm never the author of these articles. It would be great if there was a way of leaving this blank.
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