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Using the RunFile Procedure to Combine PostScript ™ Files

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128788D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 80K

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Software Patent Institute

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Adobe Systems Inc.: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The Acrobat Distiller and Acrobat Network Distiller applications support a predefined procedure called RunFile for processing multiple PostScript files into one Portable Document Format (PDF) file. This technical note describes how to run this procedure using a PostScript file created with a text editor. This is a convenient alternative to combining multiple PDF files to create a single PDF file using the Adobe Acrobat Exchange insert command. CREATING A POSTSCRIPT FILE TO THE RUNFILE PROCEDURE Note: Be sure to use the exact syntax used in this document, including spaces and capital letters.

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Using the RunFile Procedure to Combine PostScript

TM Files

TechNote#4402(12/8/93)Adobe TM Acrobat TM Distiller TM - Macintosh ® /Windows TM

The Acrobat Distiller and Acrobat Network Distiller applications support a predefined procedure called RunFile for processing multiple PostScript files into one Portable Document Format (PDF) file. This technical note describes how to run this procedure using a PostScript file created with a text editor. This is a convenient alternative to combining multiple PDF files to create a single PDF file using the Adobe Acrobat Exchange insert command.

CREATING A POSTSCRIPT FILE TO THE RUNFILE PROCEDURE Note: Be sure to use the exact syntax used in this document, including spaces and capital letters.

1 Using a text editor, create a new file.

2 Enter the following:

%! /prun {/mysave save def dup = flush RunFile clear cleardictstack mysave restore} def

The first line is a comment that identifies this file as a PostScript file. The next line defines a procedure to access the RunFile procedure.

3 Enter the pathname of a PostScript file to process, in parentheses, followed by prun. Use the following syntax

-- For the Windows version of Distiller: (C:\\REPORTS\\JANUARY\\JANSALES.PS) prun

-- For the Macintosh version of Distiller: (Hard Disk 80:Reports:January:January Sales.ps) prun

This instructs Distiller to process the file JANSALES.PS in the directory JANUARY within the directory REPORTS on drive C:.

In this case, the Distiller would process the file January Sales.ps in the folder January within the folder Reports on the disk drive named Hard Disk 80.

Pathnames are always relative to the computer running the Distiller, not necessarily the machine that created the file. This is especially important for users of the Acrobat Network Distiller program, because the pathname to an In directory or folder used by the Network Distiller may be very different from the pathname to the same directory or folder used by a local workstation. This information can be obtained from your system administrator. 4 Repeat step 3 as necessary for each PostScript file you want to process.

5 Designate the end of the file by entering: %EOF

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Using the RunFile Procedure to Combine PostScript TM Files

6 Save your file as a text only file. Verify that all PostScript files are in the locations specified by the pathnames you entered.

7 Place the file in the Distiller s In directory for processing. When you use the Distiller to process this file, it will read sequentially all PostScript files specified and output one PDF file with the same name as your file but followed by a .pdf extension. The name of each PostScript file will ap...