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Re: ?-Can complete notebooks be converted to Postscript?

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  • Subject: [mg17090] Re: [mg17185] ?-Can complete notebooks be converted to Postscript?
  • From: "Mark E. Harder" <harderm at>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:32:20 -0400
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    I don't know about Macs; I use Windows NT, with Adobe Acrobat 3.01 for
Windows.  Does the Mac give you a dialog box when you choose to print your
Mtca notebook, that allows you to select the printer destination?  If it
does, you should have the option of selecting "Acrobat PDFWriter" as the
printer.  This option is automatically installed as an alternate "printer"
in the operating system's list of resources (at least in WinNT), when you
install Acrobat (the full version, not just the reader), and you may not be
aware that its there if you always use your default printer. Anyway, you
tell Mtca to print to that location & Writer translates the notebook into a
.PDF file, and asks you how to name it & save it.  Simple as that. No
intervening .ps or other file format is necessary.  I learned (or was it
surmised?) this from somewhere in the Adobe documentation.  If your Mac vsn
doesn't work like NT, go through your docs, looking for PDF Writer.
-mark e. harder
harderm at

From: Silver Jones <silver1 at>
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Subject: [mg17090] [mg17185] ?-Can complete notebooks be converted to Postscript?

>I have seen a few notebooks that were converted to Adobe Acrobat PDF
>files.  I would like to be able to do this, but Iam not sure how this was
>accomplished.  I hope there is a way to accomplish this without converting
>to Tex first.  Is the only way to accomplish this is to do the following:
>complete notebook->Tex->Postscript->Distiller->PDF
>If someone knows how to convert a complete notebook to Postscript(.ps)
>this can then be run through Adobe Acrobat Distiller to get a PDF file.
>Is the following procedure possible?
>complete notebook->Postscript->Distiller->PDF
>Is software other than Wolfram available or needed to accomplish this?  If
>so, is it available for the Mac Platform?  I wish this was possible in
>Publicon, but it does not seem to be part of the program - why?
>Is this so painful that it is best just to leave the document as a
>notebook and make MathReader available to all who are interested?
>Any advice or help along thes lines would be appreciated.
>Thank you,
>Silver Jones

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