[Techtalk] Virtual Printer

Joana Botto joana.botto at gmail.com
Sun Mar 23 18:41:07 UTC 2008


Thank you both for your answers. But that I already have implemented.
I'm looking for a product like the paperless printer that is only
available for windows. It has to have XLS and DOC and TXT and PDF
available, not only PDF nor I can't say to users to use Open Office,
that's already what they do.
I have search a lot in the Internet and haven't found this product so
I will assume that no one has implemented it in Linux.

Thanks once again for your help.

Kind regards,
Joana Botto

On Sat, Mar 22, 2008 at 10:14 PM, Alvin Goats <agoats at compuserve.com> wrote:
> 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
>  enter.
>  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.
>  Alvin
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