‘PDF Printer for Safari’ adds support for Maps, soon for any app

By , Jan 24, 2013

PDF printer print

PDF Printer for Safari was a jailbreak tweak originally designed to allow users to ‘print’ from safari to PDF documents in order to neatly archive websites, but it seems the tweak has grown beyond its name.

The latest version of PDF Printer for Safari adds PrintKit integration, which is the native printing library on iOS. This library means ‘printed’ documents will save faster, users can now delete pages from the PDF on the fly, and the PDF Printer now works with the stock Maps app in iOS 5…

safari PDF Printer

Actually, according to the tweak‘s Cydia page, the PrintKit integration should allow PDF Printer for Safari to work with almost any app that supports printing. The only catch is that the tweak isn’t currently configured to take advantage of other apps, at least at the time of writing. While Safari and Maps has most of my bases covered, I’m hoping this feature for wider support makes its way into the next update.

To activate PDF Printer, all you need to do is select the option to print a page in either Safari or Maps, and instead of selecting a printer from the Printer Options dialog, just press the PDF button in the corner instead. You can then delete pages from the preview window, or save the PDF to another app, such as iFile. In iFile your PDFs should show up in ‘/var/mobile/documents‘.

PDF Printer is a great jailbreak tweak to have if you want to include part of a website in a project or if you need to email detailed directions to a friend. The tweak is completely free, and you can find it on the BigBoss Repository in Cydia. There are no settings to configure, PDF Printer for Safari ‘just works.’

pdfprinter mapsDirections ‘printed’ from Maps in iOS 5. 

What apps would you like to use with PDF Printer? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  • Guest

    If we get a jailbreak this wood be cool…

    • http://twitter.com/tomuky Tom

      You can say that again…

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        If we get a jailbreak this wood be cool…

      • Liam Mulcahy

        It wood be kool if wee get a jailbreak

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.liu.7503 Jonathan Liu

    If we get a jailbreak, this would be cool

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

    um can i actually print to a real printer with this??? if not please stop using the word print

    • http://Michaelschnier.tumblr.com Michael Schnier

      It’s the name of the tweak, it uses iOS’ native PrintKit integration, and it’s a pretty common way to describe something that translates websites to PDF as if they were printed pages. It is printing, aside from the part where ink hits paper.

  • i_DisQus_Joe

    guys can the newsstand glitch be leading to a jailbreak hit me up @pod2g iMinecraftJoe08@gmail.com

  • Trikkyx

    But the PDF Printer don’t print clickable links in the PDF File. But this is what most people need.

  • MrMike

    Could be possible to use that in Google Chrome? :D That would be awwwsome!