Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 47, Issue 24

Subject: Re: TECHWR-L Digest, Vol 47, Issue 24
From: David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 10:24:31 +0300


I am not certain about what you are asking--so I'll cover several
variations on the theme.

First, so far as I know, *all* .pdf creation applications started life
as PostScript drivers. .pdf is, after all, simply a compressed
PostScript with a file wrapper in essence.

Next, exports directly to .pdf--the capability is built
into the application.

Third, there are many "printer file add-ons" that create .pdf files
from any application that supports printing. These are installed as
"virtual printers" that are selected from the print dialog. In
Windows, there are many free ones. I occasionally use one called
"Bullzip PDF printer" with some success, but I am not doing anything
elaborate with it. It supports output to various graphic formats in
addition to pdf, and is free for personal use or for commercial use
for up to 10 users...there is a commercial version for larger
organizations. So far, it has worked very well--but as I say, these
days I am not stressing it much as most of my .pdf creation is from, which is usually running from Linux.

Oh, yes, Bullzip printer is also compatible with a wide range of
Windows versions from XP to Widows 7, all in either 32 or 64 bit

See <>

Finally, in the off chance you should mean an actual Adobe-branded
"PDF printer-file add-on" the answer would be "No." Adobe seems stuck
on the bloated and overpriced Acrobat.


From: Gary Schnabl <gSchnabl -at- LivernoisYards -dot- com>

As to OOo's PDF generation, is there an Adobe PDF printer-file add-on
available for OOo for "printing" to a printer file?


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