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Re: Printing to Postscript (Re: Converting M$ Word --> PDF)

by peterr (Scribe)
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on Jan 24, 2004 at 03:23 UTC ( #323774=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Printing to Postscript (Re: Converting M$ Word --> PDF)
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Go to your Printers control panel, create a New Printer, use the driver for the Apple LaserWriter (included with most if not all versions of Windows) and set it to print to file, rather than to a real printer. When you print to that "printer", it will ask you for a filename -- end the filename in ".ps" (stands for PostScript).

Did as per the instructions, and when in Word and using _that_ driver to print, it printed to file, but the extension was .PRN ? When I added the driver, there were HEAPS of Apple LaserWriter ones, I just selected the default. Under the printer options, there were some PS options, so maybe I'll have to read up on that. This is a Win95 box, dinasour stuff

These files can then be opened in GSView (or Acrobat Reader, I think) or converted to Acrobat's (un)Portable Document Format using ps2pdf.

Okay, when I get the files to print to PS format, I'll try that.

However, this method will require manual opening and printing-to-file of each and every document, which isn't what you asked for in your original post and is probably not what you really want to do, unless you're only doing a few documents. (If you *are* doing only a handful of documents, then it's an easy way out, which is why I explained it.)

Well, it is only for a few, but I guess once I can do it, I'll want to do it more. :)


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Re: Re: Printing to Postscript (Re: Converting M$ Word --> PDF)
by jonadab (Parson) on Jan 24, 2004 at 12:02 UTC
    but the extension was .PRN

    Oh, I forgot about that. Yeah, Windows names it .PRN because Windows only knows that it's formatted for a printer; Windows isn't smart enough to know that this particular printer is a very faithful implementation of the PostScript standard. (The people who wrote the driver knew that, but the code that picks the default filename doesn't come from the driver.) You can just change the extension to .ps by renaming the file.

    $;=sub{$/};@;=map{my($a,$b)=($_,$;);$;=sub{$a.$b->()}} split//,".rekcah lreP rehtona tsuJ";$\=$ ;->();print$/

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