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NT PDF to PS conversion process without NT-based PDF to PS conversion tools

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014961D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Sep-16
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 1 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This is a business process used to enable NT-based PDF workflows without paying PDF licensing fees.

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NT PDF to PS conversion process without NT-based PDF to PS conversion tools

This is a business process used to enable NT-based PDF workflows without paying PDF licensing fees.

The source is a PDF file which can be viewed by the Acrobat Reader v4.x or below. The result is a color PostScript file which can be rendered by any printer compliant with Adobe's Level 2 PostScript Specification.

The process is as follows.
1.) Install SAMBA on an AIX system which is on the same TCP/IP network as the NT system. SAMBA makes AIX directories appear as drive pointers to Windows NT.
2.) Install AIX Acroread on the AIX system. It has command line options which will convert PDF to full color level 2 PostScript. The AIX Acrobat Reader can run in batch mode and in batch mode the GUI is suppressed. The AIX Acrobat Reader is downloadable for free from Adobe.
3.) From the NT system, create a PDF source directory and a PostScript destination directory.
4.) From the AIX system, create a PDF source directory and a PostScript destination directory and use SAMBA to map the AIX directories to their respective NT drive pointers.
5.) From the AIX system, create a process which monitors the PDF source directory and when a file is seen, it runs the AIX Acroread conversion process which creates an output PostScript file in the destination directory. Once the process runs, check if a file of the same name with a .ps suffix is in the PostScript destination directory. If it is, the conversion was succes...