This is how you can create PDFs with Geos under a plain DOS (=without using Windows/Linux/OS/2/Mac-tools):
- Install Ghostview for DOS. It can be found on this page.
I've tested this with version 5.10. I've simply extracted the contents of gs510.zip into a folder named "C:\GS510". (According to the download-page, I should have used "C:\GS"!)
- Now the printer needs to be configured under Geos:
- English ENSEMBLE 4.*: Express-Menu - Settings - Preferences - Printer - New - Type of Device: Printer - Printer: Ghostscript Software RIP color (Postscript) - Port: To File - Connected: Always. Now under "Default Sizes"/"Set Default Page Size": Set size to "A4 Letter" and all "Margin"-values to 0.63 cm. Then click onto OK.
- German ENSEMBLE 4.*: Datei - Voreinstellungen - Drucker - Neu - Gerätetyp: Drucker - Drucker: GhostScript Software RIP Farbe (PostScript) - Schnittstelle: in Datei - Verbindung: immer. Dann bei Standard-Einstellungen: Größe DIN A4 - Ränder überall 0,63 cm und OK.
- Older GEOS without "GhostScript"-driver: Simply use the "Schlumberger Color Postscript"-driver. (Some users have reported that the "Generic Postscript"-driver works fine for them as well.)
- Of course one can chose different values for the "margin", e.g. 0cm for "border-less printing". Or increase the margins to 1cm or even 1.5cm if you want to be on the safe side when printing the PDF on various printers later on.
- Now print into a PS-file (=with the above printer). Set the extension to ".PS" and location to "C:\GS510"!
- Now create a DOS-Launcher. "DOS-file" is "ps2pdf.bat" from "C:\GS510". Select "Ask for options each time".
- Now start the DOS-Launcher. As "command string"/"DOS command line arguments" we'll have to use the name of the PS-file and the name of the PDF-file, e.g. "TEST.PS TEST.PDF". Now click onto "use this command string". Geos will be terminated for a second... and when it gets started again, you'll have a "TEST.PDF" in your "C:\GS510"-folder.
- Done! (Okay, there could be some more optimizations, ...)
- This Ghostscript-version is outdated and only produces PDF-files in the "PDF 1.2-format" (as used in approx. 1996 by the Acrobat Reader 3.0). (In fact this isn't such a disadvantage as we don't need any of the newer features ;-)
- There are some reports that Ghostscript before 7.00 will have problems when creating PDF-files that contain empty pages. I haven't found out whether Ghostscript creates an erroneous PDF or whether this problem only occurs when opening those PDFs in older versions of the Adobe-Acrobat-reader :-(
- When you do have a Geos 3.x (or newer) without the "Ghostview"-printer-driver, you should take a look at this page.