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Yes, easily. If you're using Windows, install a PostScript printer on FILE: and print the PDF to a file.

Though, I can't think of a reason why you would want to convert a PDF to PostScript... unless you're using some crusty old Unix tool that only processes PostScript. Most modern applications that can handle Postscript files also work on PDF files. Many apps (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop) work much better when opening PDFs than when opening PostScript files.
 
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Yes, easily. If you're using Windows, install a PostScript printer on FILE: and print the PDF to a file.

Though, I can't think of a reason why you would want to convert a PDF to PostScript... unless you're using some crusty old Unix tool that only processes PostScript. Most modern applications that can handle Postscript files also work on PDF files. Many apps (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, PhotoShop) work much better when opening PDFs than when opening PostScript files.



Crusty old UNIX tool it is hehe. Can you explain what you are saying in more detail?

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Just install any PostScript printer driver, preferably something somewhat generic, like the original Apple LaserWriter. An easy way to do this is to download the official Adobe Postscript driver from here:
http://www.adobe.com/support/downloa...atform=Windows
It should ask you for a "PPD" (this is a file that customizes the driver for specific printer features)... just choose Generic Postscript or whatever it says.

When you get to the part where the installer asks you where the printer is, say "FILE:" instead of "LPT1:". Now, whenever you print to this printer, it will generate a PostScript file on disk.

If you print your PDF to this new phantom printer directly from Adobe Acrobat Reader, Acrobat actually generates the PostScript itself (i.e. cleanly), rather than taking a trip through the Windows GDI (as you might expect).
 
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Alternatively, since you're using Unix, the standard Ghostscript distribution may come with a script called "pdf2ps" (it definitely comes with a script called ps2pdf"). That might be simpler. If your distribution doesn't have it, you can download it here:
http://www.csit.fsu.edu/~burkardt/g_...ps/pdf2ps.html

In the off chance that the Unix you're using is MacOS 10.4, just open the PDF in Preview, choose Print -> PDF -> Save PDF as PostScript.
 
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Thanks, worked like a charm.


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