13 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2010 7:05 AM by Kurt Lang
skier321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I RECEIVED AN EMAIL WITH A PDF DOCUMENT AND WENT TO OPEN THE DOCUMENT ALONG WITH OPENING DOC. COLORSYNC OPENED AS WELL. THEN I TRIED TO PRINT THE PDF AND COLORSYNC WILL NOT PRINT. ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS APPLICATION HAS OPENED AND I'M STUCK TRYING TO CLOSE OUT COLORSYNC AND WHY HAS IT SUDDENLY APPEARED WHEN THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. PLEASE ASSIST WITH ANY SUGGESTIONS THANK YOU

Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,085 points)
    Just information, typing in all caps is considered rude as it means you're shouting. It's also darn difficult to read. Please type in normal upper and lower case.

    Not sure what you mean by "ColorSync will not print." ColorSync is not any kind of printing application. It's a conversion layer which translates the color space of one profile to another as necessary.

    I can only assume you mean Preview won't print the PDF file since that's the application it will open in by default. Unless you've installed the Adobe Acrobat Reader and made it the default for PDF files.
  • skier321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your reply. No point intended to be rude or shouting. Regarding ColorSync every time I click on Pdf file it appears and when I attempt to print the Pdf it won't let me print. Have I done something or deleted something to make this a default and how can I fix the issue I have. Thank you
  • Sean Dale1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,145 points)
    In the Finder select one of your pdf files and 'Get Info' either by going to File Menu/Get Info or pressing 'Command + I'. If the triangle next to 'Open with' is pointing down you should see a drop down menu, click on this and select either 'Preview' or 'Adobe Reader' (if it is installed) depending on your personal preference. Next click the 'Change All' button below 'Use this application to open ....' to set the default Application for opening pdfs
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,085 points)
    Follow Sean's suggestion. PDF files have most likely somehow gotten associated with the ColorSync app.
  • 50 Below Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    What should you do if neither "Preview" or "Adobe Reader" appear on the list from the drop down menu? Does that mean that they have been un-installed?

    Thank you
  • Sean Dale1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,145 points)
    Check your Applications folder to see if they are there. Assuming they are then using the drop down list scroll to the bottom and select 'Other' then navigate to the Applications folder and select your preferred application, Preview or Adobe Reader
  • 50 Below Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    There doesn't appear to be either application in my folder. Are they obvious to a non-technical person?
  • Sean Dale1 Level 5 Level 5 (4,145 points)
    Try using Pacifist from here to reinstall Preview

    Follow Kappy's instructions from this thread here

    To install Adobe Reader you will need to download and install it from here
  • 50 Below Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (10,610 points)
    In some .PDF documents, it is possible they were created to convey certain
    attributes of the original, in a way these can be related later to a recipient
    over, say, an email/fax electronic document or other media; ColorSync can
    be used to embed or enable characteristics otherwise lost.

    That may include color, and quartz-based technologies in the original. And
    there also may be encryption technologies specific to this document, too.

    If this were the case, and the end product does not appear correctly, there
    may be something else going on in that portable file document. While I
    have no direct experience in these matters, I have found out about them
    by accident and while looking into other details of a similar nature about
    ColorSync and .PDFs...

    • A brief technical note, TN2035: ColorSync on Mac OS X
    http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/technotes/tn/tn2035.html

    ...Does connect both ColorSync and the use of PDFs in Mac OS X.
    There are other documents out there, some tell in detail and in short
    path, on how to use these technologies together for specific purpose.

    Other related information, such as encryption of PDFs via ColorSync
    and diverse related topic matters, could be found by using Google to
    search these topic words specifically: *Mac OS X colorsync in pdf*

    While this may not answer your question directly, there may be more
    to the situation than just having an incorrect app assigned to open a
    document file; there may be more going on. The author of a custom
    document should know what they did to make it so, and pass that on.

    This is another angle to approach the question, but it may not be valid.
    Good luck & happy computing!
  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)
    Not sure what you mean by "ColorSync will not print." ColorSync is not any kind of printing application. It's a conversion layer which translates the color space of one profile to another as necessary.


    Actually, the ColorSync team calls ColorSync "a faceless scriptable application" which is what it has been since version 2.5. Older versions of ColorSync included the ColorSync Filters which were for Photoshop, since Photoshop prior to version 5.0 had no ICC support.

    Best,
    Henrik
  • Henrik Holmegaard Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)
    Regarding ColorSync every time I click on Pdf file it appears and when I attempt to print the Pdf it won't let me print. Have I done something or deleted something to make this a default and how can I fix the issue I have.


    You simply set ColorSync as the default application for file format PDF. Point and click once on a couple of PDF in the Finder, press Command/I, turn the icon for Open with: from close to disclose, and see if the lot are set to open with ColorSync.

    If you take the time to understand a bit about how to build ColorWorlds by combining tags in ICC profiles, you can do some of the same things in ColorSync that you could previously in e.g. ColorBlind Edit or ProfileMaker.

    /hh
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (34,085 points)
    Actually, the ColorSync team calls ColorSync "a faceless scriptable application" which is what it has been since version 2.5.


    Umm, okay. But how does that change the point of my statement?

    Older versions of ColorSync included the ColorSync Filters which were for Photoshop, since Photoshop prior to version 5.0 had no ICC support.


    Again, umm, okay. No one is talking about an ancient version of ColorSync here. Interesting little tidbit, but irrelevant to the topic.