Re: Post Script vs. PDF

Subject: Re: Post Script vs. PDF
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Brierley -at- QUODATA -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 09:02:50 -0500

Hallo:

I am confused about why there would be a conflict over which one of these to
use.

PostScript is a description of information to be printed. PDF is,
essentially, a picture of a print file. PostScript is interpreted by a
printer and used to output to paper. PDF is interpreted by a browser--sorry,
viewer--and output is sent to the screen.

In other words, if you want to print it, create a PostScript file and send
it to a PostScript printer. If you want to view it on-screen, create PDF.

I suppose it is also pertinent to say that service bureaus can use PDF files
to produce printed output, as well as using the standard PostScript.
However, this would not be something you would research, it is something
your service bureau would tell you. Also, PDF is created from a PostScript
print file.

Finally, whereas a PostScript printer is required to print a PostScript
print file, a PDF file should print on any printer. Again, no need for
research, to print to a PCL printer you would not create a PostScript file
(nor would you need to create a PDF).

What am I missing, why the competition between these formats?

Sean


>>>From: Patrick Warren [mailto:pkwarren -at- CSI -dot- COM]
>>>Sent: Friday, February 12, 1999 8:13 AM
>>>To: TECHWR-L -at- LISTSERV -dot- OKSTATE -dot- EDU
>>>Subject: Post Script vs. PDF
>>>
>>>Currently performing extensive research into the pros and
>>>cons of both of
>>>these formats. Would appreciate any and all input from the list.
>>>Off list comments also welcome.
>>>
>>>Patrick Warren
>>>pkwarren -at- csi -dot- com


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