[texhax] TeX -> PostScript, but in a resolution-independent manner

zsdc zsdc at wp.pl
Wed Jun 11 04:28:28 CEST 2003

Karl Berry wrote:

>If your goal is to print on a PostScript printer, then you may as well
>use tex->dvips.  That has been the de facto standard method on Unix
>systems ever since TeX, PostScript, and dvips were invented.
>The reason to use pdf(la)tex is if you want pdf files for themselves.
I see, thanks.

By the way, now I'm curious what is better for non-PostScript printers...

TeX file -> tex -> dvips -> ghostscript -> printer
TeX file -> texpdf -> (acrobat/gv/etc.) -> printer

but I guess it doesn't really matter, or at least it shouldn't matter, 
or I don't know, I'm a little bit confused... To much abstraction...

>    By the way, is PDF a truely open format, with the full specs
>    available, etc. like PS?
>It is like PS in that regard.  The specs are on Adobe's web site.
>I'm sure the web sites that Will mentioned have links, etc.
Thanks. I think I'll be using both (la)tex->dvips and pdf(la)tex and 
publish PS as well as PDF versions online, while printing PS one myself, 
but providing PDF for those, who can't view PS. At least as soon as I 
figure out how to make PDF out of LaTeX file with EPS graphics. I think 
it would be cool if Adobe licensed GhostScript to add PS support for 
Acrobat Reader with minimal effort, but I guess it won't happen...


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