[Techtalk] Virtual Printer
agoats at compuserve.com
Sat Mar 22 22:14:35 UTC 2008
You typically have a choice of printers when you select the "Print" menu
like in Firefox.
For Firefox, you select File > Print
You then have Printer Printer Name: (mine is Cups).
To the right of the Printer Name is Properties... and below that is a
box to mark for Print to File.
Click the box, check that the rest of the print info is correct and hit
The next screen that pops up is where and what name to save the file as.
Select a .ps extension.
You can then use ps2pdf to convert the postscript encapsulated bitmap
image to a pdf wrapped bitmap image. The output is similar to using
PDFCreator in Microsoft windows as a printer driver.
It's an uneditable pdf file, but one that looks the same regardless of
OS anyone is using.
I don't know of any direct to PDF printer driver for Linux, but for your
DOC and XLS files, I'd use OpenOffice or StarOffice and have it make the
PDF for you. Select everything you want to print and go to Print
Preview. If it looks right, export immediately into PDF (it's worked for
me so far, and I'm selecting pieces of large spreadsheets typically).
Otherwise, print to a file and force the postscript to a pdf with ps2pdf
again for an uneditable version.
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