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Subject:Re: Post Script vs. PDF From:Tim Altom <taltom -at- SIMPLYWRITTEN -dot- COM> Date:Fri, 12 Feb 1999 10:24:13 -0500
>Dumb question: A while ago, my boss was supposed to provide a
>document to a publisher, and the publisher specified that it was
>supposed to be in "native" PDF, _not_ generated from PostScript. Is
>there a way to do that? All the methods I know of getting to PDF
>involve a PostScript interim step. At least, I assume methods like
>PDFWriter use PostScript, even if it's not visible. True?
Nope, not for PDFWriter. That particular gem of a printer driver is just a
driver, not PostScript. That's why, when using PDFWriter, what you see is
REALLY what you get. For example, if you have an EPS graphic in your doc
with a TIF header, when you print to PDF with PDFWriter, you'll get a final
presentation of the header, not the EPS's PostScript'ed innards.
I don't have a clue what the publisher was talking about. PDF is actually a
subset of sorts of PostScript, optimized for orderly viewing. There is no
truly "native" PDF. Check your local bookstore for Thomas Merz' "PostScript
and Acrobat/PDF", ISBN 3-540-60854-0. It's far and away the best thing I've
ever seen for PDF and PostScript. It is, however, translated and expensive.
>P.S. I had trouble viewing PostScript files or printing partial
>PostScript files until I downloaded GSView, a Windows front-end for
>GhostScript. I recommend it to anyone who needs to view or print PS
>files: it's intuitive in use and works beautifully.
Yep, GostScript is one of the few apps in the world that'll read and display
PostScript. I haven't used the Windows front end. I'm glad to know that it
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