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Bill Fox 03-12-2005 04:04 PM

Print-to-file print driver to print PDF
I have searched and tried just about everything that I can think of. Here is what I want to do:

When I determine that I want to print a page (from where-ever I happen to be) I want to be able to select a Print-To-File print driver and that it will print to a PDF file. No command lines - no messing around - just go and do it. I have search this forum and the internet generally and I know about ps2pdf etc but this needs to be totally transparent to teh end user. I have a real simple print driver (PDF995) that I use on a windows system that does exactly what I want but I can't find or understand what I need to do to get something similar for Linux.
I have tried installing a number of different PS printers but none of the drivers that I have used offer a print to file option. Even if I could do this it would be a step in the right direction. At least then I could convert it to a PDF manually.
I know that if I am in OO I can eport to a PDF, but that does not help if I'm in a different application.

My frustration level is rising exponentially - does not help that I'm a Linux Newbie.

Bill Fox 03-12-2005 06:31 PM

Got a Print Driver that gives the choice of print to file
I finally found a print driver that gives the option of print to file but it is a PS file, now all I need is to have it print directly to a PDF.

bohnman 03-30-2005 03:50 PM

It's not a far jump from PS to PDF. You may of already figured this out of course. pstill is a great program called pstill (google it) that you can use that makes this real simple.

pstill -cc -gipt -o pdf_file_name ps_file_name

Hope this helps.

ureyes 05-02-2006 04:15 PM


Could you possibly give me the name of the print driver you are using to print to file and generate your postscript? Im looking to print to file as well and simply need the resulting postscript file..


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