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Topic: PDF to Postscript
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 55531
From: ptribulski
Date: 5/29/2002 05:13 PM

It appears that with the licensing restrictions, I can not use an Acrobat plug-in to export Postscript from a PDF on a server.

As such, I have been looking at Aladdin's Ghostscript (v6.0) which has a PDF2PS routine. While this will produce "valid" Postscript, it seems that it converts all of my text to graphics.

I am not well versed in the configuration of Ghostscript, but I suspect there is something missing in the font setup.

I start with a valid Postscript file, which references the following fonts:
Courier
Courier-Bold
Helvetica
Helvetica-Bold
Times-Roman
Times-Bold

I run the file through Ghostscript's PS2PDF routine, and get a good PDF file (with text). Acrobat displays the following font info:
Courier          Type 1
Courier-Bold   Type 1 Courier-Bold Type 1
Helvetica        Type 1
Helvetica-Bold Type 1
Times-Bold      Type 1
Times-Bold      Type 1 TimesNewRomanPS-Bold Type 1
Times-Roman   Type 1

Converting the PDF back to Postscript, using PDF2PS, results in a Postscript file with no text or font references - only graphics. This file can successfully be converted back to PDF, but with fairly ugly results as each character is now a graphic.

Has anyone played around with Ghostscript and found a solution for forcing PDF2PS to use the fonts correctly?

Or does anyone know of another product which I can use on a server which will convert PDF to Postscript?

Thanks,

Pete



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