This week in PDF: Apple pulls the plug on Print to PDF app

September 11, 2011


The news that caught my eye this week was Apple's removal of Print to PDF from the App Store. Print to PDF is/was an iOS app that allowed users to "print" to PDF using Apple's AirPrint feature. The app had received a bit of press coverage over the last few weeks, including some on this very site. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column where I noted the less-than-thrilled response of users to Adobe's own iOS PDF creation app, CreatePDF. I expressed some disappointment that it wasn't integrated with more apps, and suggested that adding an AirPrint-based PDF "printer" like Print to PDF's might be a good way to broaden CreatePDF's scope.

Anyway, Apple has put an end to that idea -- for now, at least. The official Print to PDF website outlined the situation:

We regret to inform you that as of August 26th, 'Print to PDF' is no longer available on the Apple App Store. On August 24th, we received a call from Apple Developer Relations telling us that we are not allowed to use AirPrint as a way to print documents to PDF and that for this reason the app could no longer be available on the App Store.

The site reported that Apple had previously approved the app several times. The note went on to say that the Print to PDF team was continuing to work towards reaching an agreement with Apple, and suggested that the product's technical guts might need to be replaced to get it reinstated in the App Store.

One possible reason suggested for Apple's sudden volte-face was that the company is planning to include AirPrint-based PDF creation in a future version of iOS. Perhaps. If so, it's a shame that users won't have access to that functionality in the meantime.

Regardless, we're curious to see what, if anything, comes out of this.

That's it for this week. Watch this space!

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