PDF Export Fails

As suggested to address bad fills when printing to PDF, I am trying export. However, when I do that I get a dialog saying:

Failed to Save.
Failed to save as {filename}.
The writing plug-in failed.

What should I try to get around this?

What build of Mac Rhino are you running?
Please run the Rhino “SystemInfo” command and post the results.


Rhino 6 SR29 2020-8-26 (Public Build, 6.29.20239.15172, Git hash:master @ 90544da2583d1fdc714d8d740096b047dcd9b44a)
License type: Commercial, build 2020-08-26
License details: Cloud Zoo. In use by: John Miano ()

Apple Intel 64-bit macOS Version 10.14.6 (Build 18G6020) (Physical RAM: 32Gb)
Mac Model Identifier: MacBookPro15,1
Machine name: Chloe (2)
Language: en-US (MacOS default)

AMD Radeon Pro 560X OpenGL Engine (OpenGL ver:4.1 ATI-2.11.22)

OpenGL Settings
Safe mode: Off
Use accelerated hardware modes: On
Redraw scene when viewports are exposed: On

Anti-alias mode: 4x
Mip Map Filtering: Linear
Anisotropic Filtering Mode: Height

Vendor Name: ATI Technologies Inc.
Render version: 4.1
Shading Language: 4.10
Maximum Texture size: 16384 x 16384
Z-Buffer depth: n/a
Maximum Viewport size: 16384 x 16384
Total Video Memory: 4 GB
Graphics: Radeon Pro 560X
Displays: Color LCD (258dpi 2x)

Graphics processors
Intel UHD Graphics 630 (1536 MB)
Radeon Pro 560X (4 GB)
Color LCD (1680 x 1050)

USB devices
Apple Inc.: Touch Bar Backlight
Apple Inc.: Touch Bar Display
Apple Inc.: Apple Internal Keyboard / Trackpad
Apple: Headset
Apple Inc.: Ambient Light Sensor
Apple Inc.: FaceTime HD Camera (Built-in)
Apple Inc.: Apple T2 Controller

Bluetooth devices

Third party kernel extensions

Third party plugins

Rhino plugins
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/Frameworks/RhCore.framework/Resources/ManagedPlugIns/RhinoCycles.rhp “RhinoCycles” 6.29.20239.15172
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/PlugIns/NamedSnapshots.rhp “Snapshots” 6.29.20239.1002
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/Frameworks/RhCore.framework/Resources/ManagedPlugIns/GrasshopperPlugin.rhp “Grasshopper” 6.29.20239.15172
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/PlugIns/PanelingTools.rhp “PanelingTools” 6.29.20239.1002
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/Frameworks/RhCore.framework/Resources/ManagedPlugIns/Commands.rhp “Commands” 6.29.20239.15172
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/Frameworks/RhCore.framework/Resources/ManagedPlugIns/RDK_EtoUI.rhp “RDK_EtoUI” 6.29.20239.15172
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/PlugIns/Displacement.rhp “Displacement” 6.29.20239.1002
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/Frameworks/RhCore.framework/Resources/ManagedPlugIns/RhinoDLR_Python.rhp “IronPython” 6.29.20239.15172
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/PlugIns/RhinoRender.rhp “Rhino Render” 6.29.20239.1002
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/PlugIns/RhinoLabsTools.rhp “Rhino Labs Tools” 6.29.20239.1002
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/PlugIns/AnimationTools.rhp “AnimationTools” 6.29.20239.1002
/Applications/Rhinoceros.app/Contents/Frameworks/RhMaterialEditor.framework “Renderer Development Kit” 6.29.20239.1002

That looks okay.

If it were me, I would reset my Rhino PLIST:

Any luck?


I got something to print. But I have some question.

First everything is clunky in the PDF.

Deck Plans 3d Deck V2 05.pdf (183.7 KB)

Second, I did zoom extents before export

but if I select extents for the PDF export, nothing shows up:

Third, after doing a couple of exports, I am getting the same error again.

We need the car before the crash.
Please post the 3DM file


I’ll upload. Now I am in a state where resetting the preferences is not helping.