Mini FAQ: Making a PDF file from Windows
You have two options for making a PDF file in Windows --
- Use an expensive Adobe Product with lots of bugs
- Use ghostview
First you can read http://www.sp.uconn.edu/~fdb94001/using-gs/make-pdf.html
which tells you everything... But basically here's what you do :
- Download Ghostscript and GSview
- Create a postscript printer that prints to a file (see
Using Ghostscript to Make PDF Files
- Go to your application (msword?) and print to the new printer, which will prompt you to
save to a post script file. Remember where you saved this to.
- Rename the .prn file to .ps if necessary. If you can't see the extension of files, go to
Tools -> Folder Options and click on the View tab and change things until windows stops hiding
things from you. Then Choose "All Like Current Folder" in the same screen .
- Double Click this new .ps file (That should open GSview and show you your shiny document).
- Choose File -> Convert
- Choose pdfwrite from the Device list
- Choose 300 or 600 dpi
- Click Properties
- Compatibility Level : 1.2 = Acrobat 3, 1.3 = Acrobat 4, 1.4 = Acrobat 5
- Compress Pages: true
- *** EmbedAllFonts: true (important!)
- [OK] [OK] and you've got a PDF
All the people who wrote all that software. ;-)
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