Apple pulls Print to PDF from the App Store

Apple has removed Print to PDF, a great little app that allowed you to 'print' documents as a PDF with Apple's AirPrint feature in iOS, from the App Store. TiPb featured Print to PDF in a recent App for That post, so we're sad to see it go.

Enrique Rodriquez from the Print to PDF team has released the following statement:

We regret to inform you that as of August 26th, 'Print to PDF' is no longer available on the Apple App Store. On August 24th, we received a call from Apple Developer Relations telling us that we are not allowed to use AirPrint as a way to print documents to PDF and that for this reason the app could no longer be available on the App Store.

He goes on to express his surprise because Apple had approved many different versions of the app - so why did they suddenly change their mind?

Only Apple knows that answer to that question, but I'm hoping this means that Apple is planning to include this functionality in a future version of iOS. What's your theory?

If you currently have Print to PDF installed on your iPhone or iPad, it will continue to run just fine (don't delete it!), but, unfortunately, you will not be seeing any future updates for it.


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Apple pulls Print to PDF from the App Store


...and the fanboys will immediately ignore this event while thinking to themselves everything is perfect in apple land...

My theory is that Apple doesn't test the apps it approves into the App Store. Print to PDF is a bit like volume snap, it exploits a feature to behave differently than expected. I'm sorry to see it go, it was too good to be true. Very useful.
I think Apple tests a very small sample of the apps it approves every day.

Great! Thanks for mentioning Save2PDF and PrintBureau -- now Apple is gonna deep-six both of those as well!

I assume this app was running an AirPrint server on localhost, then taking advantage of the fact that iOS will not kill the server right away when the app quits. Brilliant, but so sketchy. Really no idea why Apple approved it to begin with. Maybe they view the loophole as a security issue and are "fixing" it in the imminent iOS 5. As a developer who has had Apple reject things for crazy reasons, I can barely imagine the pain of having something approved and THEN abruptly removed.

well you know what this going to implement the feature themselves and call it ''magical''...just like the volume button as a camera button lol

Yet another example of why I don't miss relying on all-Apple devices. I would hate to be a developer for is almost a necessity as a developer but not knowing if, when, or why an Application you have worked hard on is no longer allowed to be sold is no fun.

you can get back the app if u check in you purchase history, i have re-downloaded apps that has been discontinued from the appstore when i browse through the purchase history

My understanding is that this app used deprecated iOS API calls that are removed in iOS 5, which means that it would be making undocumented API calls in iOS 5 to do what it's doing now. It doesn't run under iOS 5 and since the API calls it was using have been removed, it will never run under iOS 5 unless Apple puts back those calls that were replaced. Though I cannot comment on whether a Print to PDF function exists in iOS 5, you can speculate on that as well since it's a standard features in Mac OS printing...