This is a little tutorial on how to create and view
without any acrobat stuff :)
What you will need:
First, you need programs to interprete postscript
PDF-Files. Linux users already got it, others have to download it,
it´s ported to multiple OS.
You need Alladin or GNU Ghostscript and i recommend to get GSView too if you´re too lazy to type into terminals and check syntaxes cause all you need is convenience... You can obtain both programs at...
Descriptrion of the proggies:
What is GhostScript ?
Ghostscript is the name of a set of software that provides:
Alladin and GNU ghostscript run under different licenses, Alladin
than GNU and also covered by the Alladin free public license. No
What is GSView?
GSview, a popular freely available MS Win and OS/2 screen previewer based on Ghostscript. It´s also useful for viewing LaTeX documents on Win-machines. No trials, no popups.
Let´s get it on....
Here´s the lazy way for win-user:
So you got GhostScript and GSView downloaded and installed,
Next you´ll need your winOS-CD to install a printer. Regard that you choose a PostScript-Printer, means any printer with PS or PostScript in the name. (doh)
As device, choose in the printersetup "FILE: Creates a file".
Now everytime you print over that "virtualreality-printer", a file will be created called *.PRN. This file can now be viewed with GSView.
Check the options/printer-tab of GSView. Here you choose as device "pdfwrite" and check the box "Print to File".
Now you got your own selbstgebackenen PDF-File.
Don´t forget to set in options the formats/colours to a
as default, or you´ll get greyscale pictures.
It´s possible to have a reproduction that differs from whats printed if you selected different drivers for printer and print to file. just experiment a bit!
Another problem is that links dont work in those PDFs you create this way, but hey, GSView is a nice GPL-Tool. What did you expect, acrobats?