[pdftex] distiller vs pdf(la)tex (not a flame war, just asking
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Thu Nov 13 18:43:09 CET 2003
On Thu, 13 Nov 2003, franciszek holop wrote:
> hmm, Martin Schröder said that
> > On 2003-11-12 14:07:21 +0100, franciszek holop wrote:
> > > i am just about to engage in a holy war with a word/distiller
> > > man, but being as lame as i am when it comes to typography as
> > > a science i would like to ask you what (if any) advantages does
> > > pdf(la)tex have over adobe distiller (say 4.0).
> > What are you comparing? pdftex is a complete typsetting system
> > capable of producing pdf while distiller is only a ps->pdf
> > converter.
> i thought distiller provides a virtual printer driver you can
> select in e.g. msword. so your word document is "printed" into
> a pdf file. but i have never seen distiller.
It does, but that is not all it does. It also provides a real printer
driver called PDFWriter (or something), and it is a standalone
> my theory is, that such a document printed from msword thru this
> virtual driver is inferior to pdftex's output, because the virtual
> printer driver can't make up the kerning and other typographical
> finessess that word can't do. am i right?
I use Distiller to turn .ps into .pdf. That is its raison d'etre, and it
is better at it than ghostscript-based methods like ps2pdf. If I have PDF
versions of figures I often use pdflatex. But for really critical
applications like sending books to publishers the PDF that Distiller
produces is trouble-free, and that produced by pdftex and whatever
produced the embedded figures is sometimes not (and it may well be no
problem of pdftex).
The non-Adobe tools such as ps2pdf have advanced a lot over the years.
We have Distiller 3.02 running on Solaris, still, and regret that Adobe
only produced Windows/MacOS versions thereafter (or so they told us).
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
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