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Chapter 4. Creating PDFs > Creating PostScript Files

Creating PostScript Files

PostScript is a programming language developed by Adobe for describing the layout of a page (text, fonts, graphics, and their positions). When you print from any application to a PostScript printer, your computer's PostScript printer driver translates the layout of your document into PostScript code. The computer then sends the code to the printer, which in turn is controlled by an embedded computer that speaks PostScript.

The first step in creating a PDF is generating the PostScript code for a document. But rather than send the file to a printer, you save the code as a file on your computer's hard disk. This PostScript file is the raw material from which Distiller will produce, or distill, the final PDF.

To create a PostScript file (Macintosh):

1.
In most applications, choose Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog box.

2.
In the Destination area of the Print dialog box, choose File from the drop-down menu and click Save (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1. Choose File from the Destination pull-down menu.


This will take you to a Save dialog box.

3.
Name the file, and select a location where you want to save it.

The file is saved automatically with the .ps extension (for PostScript). Now you can use Acrobat Distiller to turn the PostScript file into a PDF document.

To create a PostScript file (Windows):

1.
In most applications, choose Print from the File menu to open the Print dialog box.

2.
Check the Print to File check box (Figure 4.2).

Figure 4.2. Check the Print to File check box.


3.
Enter a file name for the PostScript file, which may have either the .ps extension or the .prn (for printer file) extension, and click OK.

Now you can use Acrobat Distiller to turn the PostScript file into a PDF document.

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