[OS X TeX] Distiller

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sat Jan 28 10:10:05 EST 2006

On Jan 28, 2006, at 06:45, Jon Guyer wrote:

> On Jan 28, 2006, at 7:20 AM, Peter Dyballa wrote:
>> Am 28.01.2006 um 08:51 schrieb Alain Matthes:
>>> a) I would like to know the differences between Apple distiller and
>>> ghostscript distiller and
>>> why use ghostscript distiller  instead of Apple distiller ?
>> Ghostscript can convert some PS files which Apple's pstopdf  
>> cannot. With Ghostscript you can choose to create PDF-1.2,  
>> PDF-1.3, or PDF-1.4 output, while pstopdf produces the system's  
>> PDF version.
> At least for me (10.3.9), Apple's distiller is outrageously slow. I  
> think I determined at one point that it was loading fonts or  
> something, but never pursued it further, although when Mail.app  
> locked up on me the other day trying to automatically display a .ps  
> attachment, I was somewhat reincentivized (ain't English grand?) to  
> figure out if there were a way to improve things.

ISTR Panther's pstopdf would hang indefinitely if you had any .pfb  
files in ~/Library/Fonts (or another font directory).  It didn't use  
them, but didn't ignore them either.  Not sure if that's helpful or  
just mildly amusing trivia.


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