Cherry tomato soup with basil
by Robert Daeley
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. ;)
|What - scripting - utility are you using for these actions ? Hitting Command-P gives me just an option to Save as PDF and not much else ( I'm running 10.3.9 ). Please enlighten me !|
|This is, I believe, a 10.4 feature, so you would need to be running that.|
|Anothe thing you can d with PDFs in the Print window: direct PDFs to a specific folder of your choosing. Just go the PDF Services folder in your Library folder and add aliases for any folders where you'd want to store PDFs. Those folders will now show up as destinations when you click the PDF button in the Print window.|
|Is there anyway to assign a single keystroke (or new menu item) to one of the Save PDF to ... workflows. Print, then PDF button, then select the save to... I do this frequently and am very lazy so a one-button/click/keystroke would be nice.|
|Following up on Dave's comment, Peter could drop an alias for the Mail app in the PDF Services folder and rename it to "Mail PDF", you can have exactly the same behavior under 10.3 as described here for Tiger.|
I just wish I could access things like "Print to PDF" with a single shortcut. Otherwise the PDF Workflow stuff is pretty hand as you can integrate Applescript and through that even Shellscripts to work some magic.
Thank you all for your comments and very helpful suggestions ! I was not aware of the existence of the PDF Services folder and consequently have some catching up to, it seems.
|Finally got around to trying this recipe out -- quite tasty, especially with rice. :)|