[gs-devel] question about ps2pdf (gs 9.04 for windows binary distribution)
ken.sharp at artifex.com
Fri Oct 14 06:58:20 UTC 2011
At 16:05 13/10/2011 -0700, greg aiken wrote:
>at the same time, it does appear that when gs, and ps2pdf is built for use
>on nix type systems, apparently all of those notes about how ps2pdf may be
>called with tons of 'adobe distiller' options are indeed supposed to work.
Unix shell scripts are much more sophisticated than Windows batch files,
there's a lot more you can do with them than with even a recent Windows
>so im curious, if indeed ps2pdf really under the hood, only calls
>'gs.exe', does that imply that 'gs.exe' should recognize all of these same
>Adobe Distiller options (intended for the pdfwrite device)?
Yes, there is nothing you can do with ps2pdf that can't be done with
Ghostscript, since ps2pdf is just a convenience script. Any switches
supplied to ps2pdf will simply be passed directly to Ghostscript, on
systems where the shell script actually stands a chance of working....
>its funny, but when i sped-read the 'ghostscript use.htm' page, i dont
>remember reading anything at all about using Adobe Distiller options. I
>will h ave to re-read that page slower next time. it really would be cool
>if one could invoke some of those more detailed settings that control how
>the pdfwrite device functions.
See ps2pdf.htm. Despite the name it refers to using Ghostscript, not the
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