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Topic: Server side printing of PDF
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 113352
From: Chris99
Date: 6/15/2004 01:50 AM

I'm trying to provide server side printing of PDF files on a Win32 platform. So far I've considered three possibilities.
1) Use Acrobat Reader to silently print the file. For existing architectural reasons each print is performed in isolation. So each time the Reader would need to be started from scratch, which is an unacceptable overhead.
2) As 1), but use a service to start Reader and allow each print to use that running application.
3) Convert the PDF to a postscript file, and then send this to the printer.

So far I'm leaning towards 3), and have successfully tried pdf2ps in Ghostscript, and pdftops in XPDF. Am I barking up the wrong tree, and are there any othjer PDF to PS command line converters that could be used? I should add that this is for commercial software, and all things being equal, the cheaper the licensing costs the better.



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