Re: PostScript?

Subject: Re: PostScript?
From: "Jean-Baptiste Nivoit" <jbnivoit@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 18:51:00 -0400
>Well, PDF is kinda sort PS level 3.  I think PDF -> PS (level 2) ->
>PDF would by lossy, since PDF has some features not in PS level 2 if I
>remember correctly.

Adobe announced PostScript level 3 last year.
It is something different than PDF, though. And the company seems to have
objectives for PDF and PS..

I think that converting PDF->PS may not be lossy,
but if your documents have pictures in them,
or use special fonts, the converter might have to
embed them in the PS making it a bit bloated..

>The best would be to use PS level 3, from which
> you could make PS level 2 and PDF of any
> version, I'm sure.  I don't know if GhostScript
>does PS level 3 though.

Level 2 only i believe.

>> Well, I have some difficulties to understand why we
>> should want this all. Currently I use Jade->Jadetex->dvips
>> to create PS output, and yes, there are converters to get this
>> into PDF. But having a PDF or PS backend means AFAIK to
>> bypass the excellent formatting capabilities of TeX. PS does
>> not format a document, but it rather describes a formatted
>> document, so you have to have one in the first place. The same holds
>> true for PDF, or am I completely wrong here?
>I think theoretically you have a point, but

Yes i think too, but it would be nice to be able to skip a step ;-)


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