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Print to PDF with Ghostscript and RedMon on Windows

Enjoy a convenient path to PDF, free of charge.

Any program that prints can also create PDFs. Adobe Acrobat sets the standard for PDF creation, but it can be too expensive. Ghostscript is a free PostScript interpreter that can also create PDFs, much like Acrobat’s Distiller. Use RedMon to plug the power of Ghostscript into the convenience of a Windows printer, and you’ll have “Print to PDF”!

Tip

For a prepackaged Ghostscript/RedMon installer, try PDFCreator (http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfcreator/) or PrimoPDF (http://www.primopdf.com).

Download and Install Ghostscript

The Ghostscript home page is http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/. As of this writing, the current version of AFPL Ghostscript is 8.14. Download and run the corresponding installer, gs814w32.exe. Our configuration, which follows, assumes Ghostscript is installed in the default location, C:\gs\. If you ever need to reinstall Ghostscript, first uninstall it from the Add or Remove Programs dialog in the Windows Control Panel.


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