[OS X TeX] PS (from TeX) to good PDF

Jan Anderssen jan at linguist.umass.edu
Wed Mar 2 12:01:38 EST 2005

hi larry,

> As an academic, I frequently download papers in the form of PostScript 
> files generated by TeX on UNIX machines. I've tried many ways of 
> converting these PostScript files to PDF, including Acrobat Distiller. 
> However, the resulting PDF seldom allows search or text selection.
> Acrobat has a tool (based on OCR) that can make rasterized PDFs 
> searchable, but it seems unable to cope with the PostScript that 
> emerges from TeX systems. Is there no way of cleaning up this sort of 
> PostScript?

not sure if this is getting at your question - but I have (albeit 
infrequent) success fixing up ps files with bitmapped fonts using heiko 
oberdiek's script pkfix.

check http://www.csit.fsu.edu/~mimi/tex/doc/html/faq/FAQ-pkfix.html


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