Problem: Error in saving as Adobe PDF

In macOS Mojave (v10.14), when you try to print a document to PDF, using the System Print Dialog > Save As Adobe PDF, the following error message is displayed: "This workflow contains the action Save As Adobe PDF, which is provided by a third party. Third party actions must be explicitly enabled."

Save As Adobe PDF error

An example scenario

  1. In your Mac, launch any application. For example, if you are using Microsoft Word, open the document you want to save as a PDF.

  2. Select File > Print, or press Cmd + P.

  3. In the PDF drop-down list, select Save As Adobe PDF.

    System print dialog
  4. You get an error: "This workflow contains the action Save As Adobe PDF, which is provided by a third party. Third party actions must be explicitly enabled."

    Error printing a word document to Adobe PDF

Solution

To resolve the problem, follow the steps below:

  1. In Mac, launch Automator.

  2. Go to Automator > Third Party Automator Actions.

    Third party automator actions dialog
  3. The Third Party Automator Actions dialog is displayed. Select the Enable Automator Actions From Third parties option
    and click OK.

    Third party automator actions dialog

    You can now print your documents to Adobe PDF.

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