# [texhax] from text to pdf?

Tue Sep 28 17:04:17 CEST 2004

```On Monday, September 27, 2004, at 05:26  PM, Ted Eisenberg wrote:

> we have a macintosh powerbook G3 and system 8.1
>
> We are looking for a program which can convert Text into a PDF file.  I
> was told to look at winedt.com and they recommended we contact you.
>

After a fashion.

There are shareware implementations of TeX (cmactex and oztex) which
include pdftex which can convert a file into a .pdf --- you'd have to
add some bit of text at the end (\vfill\eject\bye) and not use any
characters with special meaning to TeX (or put code at the beginning of
the file to keep them from interfering).

Unfortunately, AFAIK, none of the programs mentioned thus far work on
System 8.1

You _might_ be able to use Perl for this --- I believe it has a pdf
creation module.

Probably it'd be easier for you to just get an older copy of Adobe
Acrobat Distiller (it comes bundled w/ most Adobe products) and use
that, printing from BBEdit Lite or some such.

William

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