[Techtalk] pdf creating tools?

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Thu Aug 29 00:08:25 EST 2002

Glenda R. Snodgrass wrote:
>>just wondering if anyone knows of any free software for creating pdfs? 
>>i've come across a lot of libraries for pdf creation using php, perl etc
>>- but im not a coder, so i really need a command line or gui tool... or
>>just something that will convert from html or evil windoze doc format to
>>pdf.... i'd rather do this in gnu/linux than use acrobat...... ;)
> I use ps2pdf all the time -- often I print to a postscript file from Opera
> or OpenOffice and run ps2pdf on the command line to convert the file from
> postscript to pdf.  Works like a charm.  

ps2pdf is actually a pretty full-featured clone of Acrobat Distiller, 
although sometimes Acrobat produces smaller files.  If you're willing to 
code PostScript for the input you can generate arbitrary PDF features.

The NASM documentation tools can generate plaintext, HTML, TeXinfo (and 
therefore DVI and info), RTF, Windoze help, (PDF-enhanced) PostScript 
and (via ps2pdf) PDF from a common, fairly simple-minded source.

It's part of the NASM distribution: http://sourceforge.net/projects/nasm/


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