One of the great advantages OS X has over other operating systems is that Adobe PDF support is built right into the system, and you do not need additional software. Right out of the box, you can open, preview, and “print” as PDF documents. And unlike Adobe Reader on Windows, it’s viewing PDFs is very fast on a mac.
Almost every application that supports printing will have a PDF button on the bottom left corner of the printing menu.
- Open the File menu and select Print. (Or use the Command + P keyboard shortcut)
- PDF button on the bottom left. Click on this button, and select Save As PDF.
- Choose where you want to save the PDF, and give it a file name.
You don’t need to have existing printers set up on your mac, and you don’t need to install special third-party virtual printer drivers. For most people in most situations this PDF support will be sufficient. But you can buy Adobe Acrobat Pro if you need advanced PDF features.