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Topic: Font quality from Postscript on Windows NT 4.0
Conf: (P-PDF) Developers, Msg: 79451
From: Paddy_1
Date: 1/13/2003 02:01 AM

I have a problem with font quality (Arial) in PDF files created from postscript using Ghostscript. The crux of the matter is the Arial font appears “blockey”, that is to say with jagged edges.

The multiple postscript files are created using Ghostscript in an Access application and then joined together. I’ve tried the com interface to Ghostscript and Acrobat distiller v 4.0. All with the same results..

A bit of background :

Operating system – Windows NT 4.0 Sp6a
An postscript printer pointing to File device (I’ve tried Applied postscript, Lexmark, HP)
Ghostscript version 7.04

The shelled command is to join the postscript files together:
gswin32c -dNOPAUSE -sFONTPATH=c:\winnt\fonts\;C:\gstools\fonts\ -sDEVICE=pswrite -dBATCH -sOutputFile=output.ps input1.ps input2.ps

For PDF conversion I use
COMGS.DLL v1.00 COM Interface to Alladin Ghostscript version 5.50 - http://community.wow.net/grt/comgs.html to produce the finished PDF

To establish that it is not a COMGS.DLL problem I’ve used Acrobat distller for pdf conversion – the result is the same – i.e. irregular font outlines - “blockey”.

The final application will rely on Ghostscript.

Questions :
Is this a Windows NT font problem as under Windows 98 SE this does not occur?

Can I use Windows 2000 fonts on a Windows NT 4.0 pc? (I’ve heard W2K fonts “behave” better with postscript applications)

Is this a limitation of Ghostscript on this platform?


Thanks in advance for your help.


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