How to Convert to PDF on Ubuntu

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It is possible to convert any document or image into a PDF document on the Ubuntu Linux operating system using the "cups-pdf" software utility. The utility acts as as a printer and allows you to use any program's print dialog to create the PDF document. Once the file is converted, it can be opened on any operating system with PDF reader software, such as Adobe Reader. The "cups-pdf" software is available through Ubuntu's software repository.

Things You'll Need

  • cups-pdf software

Install the Software

  • Open a terminal window. The "Terminal" program is under the "Accessories" sub-menu.

  • Type the command "sudo apt-get install cups-pdf" to install the cups-pdf software package.

  • Type the command "sudo gedit /etc/cups/cupsd.conf" to open the Cups configuration file in the Gedit text editor.

  • Replace the line that says "RunAsUser Yes" to "RunAsUser No".

Add the Printer

  • Click on the "System" menu.

  • Scroll over "Administration" option.

  • Click the "Printing" option to open the "Printer Configuration" dialog screen.

  • Click the "New" button at the top of the dialog screen.

  • Choose the "Printer" option.

  • Select the "Generic CUPS-PDF Printer" option and press the "Forward" button.

  • Type "PDF Printer" in the Printer Name text box.

  • Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the screen to create the PDF printer.

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