1. Download the software
You may have already downloaded the Xpdf
tools while watching one of my earlier videos in the series, but there has since been an upgrade from Version 3 to Version 4 and there is a new download site:
Visit that site and download the pre-compiled Windows binary ZIP archive, then unzip it.
2. Locate the documentation folder for the Xpdf utilities
Go to the folder where you unzipped the downloaded ZIP file and find the doc
3. Read the documentation for the PDFtoPS tool
Go into the doc
folder and find the plain text file called pdftops.txt
Open it with any text editor, such as Notepad, and read it. This is the documentation for the PDFtoPS
4. Set up a test folder
Create a test folder.
from the unzipped bin32
folder into your test folder.
Copy a sample PDF file into your test folder.
5. Set up a command prompt for testing
Open a command prompt window.
Navigate to your test folder.
Issue a DIR command in the command prompt to be sure that only two files are in it - the PDFtoPS executable and the sample PDF file.
6. Run the PDFtoPS utility to create the PostScript file
Issue the following command in the command prompt:
If you receive the following error messages, ignore them:
Config Error: No display font for 'Symbol'
Config Error: No display font for 'ZapfDingbats'
7. Verify that it created the PostScript file
Either print the PostScript file or open it in a text editor to verify that it was created correctly.
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