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Adobe PDF creating PostScript?

Jul 1, 2013 5:00 PM

Tags: #acrobat #create_pdf #printing_pdf

I'm sending to Adobe PDF from LabWindows CVI using the C interface. Acrobat XI Pro (trial version) fails to open the file, saying "...not a supported file type or because the file has been damaged...". Opening the file in an editor (emacs) shows the file beginning with "%!PS-Adobe-3.0". That doesn't sound right, does it? Thanks for your help.

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    Jul 2, 2013 3:07 AM   in reply to anotherghsfan

    This is a Postscript file. With Acrobat Distiller you can convert the Postscript file to a PDF file.

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    Jul 2, 2013 2:13 PM   in reply to anotherghsfan

    It always does. But then the printer continues to convert the PostScript to PDF (using Distiller).

    You will see the PostScript, however, if you make a mistaken attempt to use "print to file" techniques to direct the PDF to a specific location, instead of a default or prompting. This cannot work, because you bypass the second part of the process.


    If you do want to control the output location, you can do this using techniques described in the Acrobat SDK.

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    Jul 2, 2013 3:47 PM   in reply to anotherghsfan

    It depends on how you have the Adobe PDF printer setup. Normally, you print to the Adobe PDF printer and it creates a PS file and then runs Distiller in the background to create the PDF and delete the PS file. If you use Save to File in the printer, then you get a PS file, not a PDF file.


    The engine that enables the running of Distiller is AcroTray that should be running as a background task. The port for the printer should be Documents\*.pdf with the printer denoted as Adobe PDF. The use of AcroTray automates the process of the PDF creation from the PS file. In cases where AcroTray can not run (like some older Acrobat versions on newer OSs, you can change the port to file and then run Distiller on the PS file that is created (may have a PRN extension).

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    Jul 3, 2013 1:51 PM   in reply to anotherghsfan

    No, it isn't. Distiller Server is going away.


    Distiller Server was an entirely different product, which (unlike the Distiller included with Acrobat) was licensed for server use. You are fine unless you want a product for a server.

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