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

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  • Subject: [mg17077] Re: ?-Can complete notebooks be converted to Postscript?
  • From: Jens-Peer Kuska <kuska at>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 02:32:13 -0400
  • Organization: Universitaet Leipzig
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Hi Silver,

it depends ..
If you want a simple PostScript to pdf conversion you can print to a
PostScript file and convert it with the Acrobat Distiller.

On MS-Windows machines the generic PostScript printer driver from 
Adobes www-site may help you.

If you do this all information about indexing, table of contents ... are

The best way *is* to convert it to TeX and use the hyperref package
to get a correct table of contents, index and all the other goodies
of pdf. AFAIK TeXSave make no use of the hyperref package and only the
HyperLinks in the notebooks are lost by the TeX conversion.

My question some weeks ago "How do I add plane PostScript to a cell .."
had pdfmarks in mind to avoid the TeX conversion. The only way to do
this is cumbersome. You can add Graphics Cells with PostScript[] just
after every cell and set the Render In Frontend option to false. Than
PostScript with the pdfmarks will be copyed verbatim to the output
and is seen by the Distiller -- yes it is a shame. 

Yes, it is the best to publish the notebooks instead of a pdf-version
if you have no TeX. But keep in mind that the Distiller optimize the
PostScript. Typical a pdf-file created from a notebook has only 20% of
Mathematica notebook size. The second good reason to use pdf ist that 
everybody has a pdf-reader but MathReader runs only on Ms-Windows and

Hope that helps

Silver Jones wrote:
> 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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