Planet PDF Forum Archive

Planet PDF ForumWowsers! This is page is old, head to the LIVE Planet PDF Forum. It features more than 10 conferences, covering everything from beginner to in-depth developer and pre-press discussions. If you wish to continue... one & two archive covers 1999-2011 (160,000 pages).

New Forum | Previous | Next | (P-PDF) Developers

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:

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?



PDF In-Depth Free Product Trials Ubiquitous PDF

Debenu Aerialist

The ultimate plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. Advanced splitting, merging, stamping, bookmarking, and link...

Download free demo

Debenu PDF Tools Pro

It's simple to use and will let you preview and edit PDF files, it's a Windows application that makes...

Download free demo

Five visions of a PDF Day

In the world of PDFs or as we like to say Planet (of) PDF, a year isn't a real PDF year without an intense few days of industry knowledge sharing.

May 15, 2018
Platinum Sponsor

Search Planet PDF
more searching options...
Planet PDF Newsletter
Most Popular Articles
Featured Product

Debenu PDF Aerialist

The ultimate plug-in for Adobe Acrobat. Advanced splitting, merging, stamping, bookmarking, and link control. Take Acrobat to the next level.


Adding a PDF Stamp Comment

OK, so you want to stamp your document. Maybe you need to give reviewers some advice about the document's status or sensitivity. This tip from author Ted Padova demonstrates how to add stamps with the Stamp Tool along with related comments.