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April 16, 2011 / ffstefan

Mac OSX 10.6.7 pdf print problem solved, fonts

Issue: The OSX 10.6.7 update makes printing to PDF impossible to a lot of applications. Usually, switching fonts may help but thats of course not a solution.

Solution: Hopefully, you have a time machine backup from the previous OSX version, preferably 10.6.6. If so, here is the easy fix:

– open time machine

– restore this folder from 10.6.6:


done. PDF export / printing works.

Additional Notes:

We found this problem initially on a clients MS Office installation. Many other applications are affected, its not a MS related problem. We consider this a major issue. Also, here are a couple more related links:

Update: Apple published a Snow Leopard software update on April 30th to fix the issue. We did not try this patch yet. See



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  1. Mark / Apr 24 2011 11:19 am

    Thanks A LOT! This solved my problem with getting “ERROR: invalidfont OFFENDING COMMAND: definefont” just after I updated to 10.6.7.

  2. Ian / May 10 2011 8:32 am

    Worked perfectly, we had a Save PDF error on our mac mini and restoring this folder from our time machine backup fixed it no problem! if it happens again, we will seek out the new patch. For now, if you dont want to risk the patch, this works very well. Thanks!


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