Most users who’ve been using their Macs for a goodly amount of time know about the ability to “print” pages to PDF files, whether for simple preview, storage, or whatever else. There are a few other options available, though, that can be quite handy.
Like this morning, when I came across this recipe for Cherry tomato soup with basil, which looks simple enough to make and sounds quite tasty, especially on these frigid Southern California winter days where the temperature is plunging into the low 70s and the blue skies are kind of hard to look at due to the gorgeous mountains distracting you in the distance. Ahem.
Anyhow, like many newspaper sites, the San Jose Mercury News has an option to view a “print this” page, as well as “email this.” The recipe sounded like something a couple of different friends of mine would enjoy. Rather than submit my buddies’ email addresses to unknown processing potential, I clicked on “print this,” since it’s often nicer to email that link, or even copy and paste from the simpler layouts.
It occurred to me looking at the print-this page (since ingredient lists often get screwy in copy-paste) that I could probably email small PDF files just as easily. So I hit Command-P. As I did, I thought — hey, it would be nicer to email a PDF automagically rather than finding a saved file somewhere in the filesystem.
Sure enough, clicking on the “PDF” popup menu revealed this spiffy list,
including “Mail PDF” — score! Selecting the command results in a Workflow Action being called, then a new mail opens with the PDF attached.
And dig all those other PDF options! Looking back at that menu, though, check out the last command. “Edit Menu…” brings up this palette,
The + button summons a navigation dialog box to choose your own scripts.
This suggests to me all kinds of possibilities, from automatically sending PDFs to your blogging software, to creating a web clipping service, to faxing online account statements to your tax people, to writing shell scripts that could do just about anything else you can think to do with PDFs.
And all that from cherry tomato soup with basil.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think I need to close the window blinds — the sunshine is getting kind of bright in here. ;)