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Creating image-sized PDFs for custom boot panels Desktop
A free way to create BootPanels (and other image-sized PDFs).

Part One - Install Two Apps

First off, I had fink install ImageMagick, a command line program for converting a whole bunch of different picture formats, including Portable Document Format and Encapsulated PostScript Interchange. Unfortunately, converting to PDF doesn't work right, but converting to EPSI does.

Next, I downloaded Stone Studios' PStill application, which has a limited functionality Demo Mode. The limitation (a splash page is appended to multi-page documents) does not affect image-sized PDFs. The version I use is 1.8.4, and I haven't tested any newer versions than that.

Read the rest of the article for Step Two...

Part Two - Converting and Opening

Having ImageMagick installed, I type this in a Terminal window:
 % convert -size 480x360
I then drag and drop the image to be converted onto the Terminal window, twice, and change the second file ending to epsi, like this:
 % convert -size 480x360 /PATH_TO/BootPanel.tiff /PATH_TO/BootPanel.epsi
Next, I Get Info on BootPanel.epsi and designate PStill as the helper application (not strictly necessary but time-saving). I then type this in the Terminal:
 % open /PATH_TO/BootPanel.epsi
PStill will now convert the EPSI file into a PDF.

Is it ethical to use PStill like this? Personally, I think it is. The suspicion that this may be a bug or an oversight is balanced by the reasonable assumption that the people at Stone Studios (who do make a lot of other programs, all of which are great value for money) understand the following:

Nobody's going to get rich making BootPanels and users should not have to pay for functionality this basic. That's what I reckon, anyway.
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Why this complicated method?
Authored by: loa on Jul 23, '02 10:44:52AM

I simply used Photoshop to create an image, saved it as pdf and used Visage to select it as my boot panel. I can't get it to completely cover the screen though, so I have a blue frame around it.

Can your method create full screen images?

Loa



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Why this complicated method?
Authored by: redplague on Jul 24, '02 04:41:42AM

The point is that this method does not cost anything.

I don't think it's possible to change the size so the blue background is covered.



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Why this complicated method?
Authored by: nichrome on Jul 24, '02 11:59:50AM

It doesn't cost anything. So what? You can save PDF's through any app in Mac OS X that prints. Just select File.Print, use the pop-up menu to go to output options and pick "Save As PDF". You have to have a printer set up for this to work, but you can define a dummy printer over LPR if you don't have a real printer. Just go to Print Center and set up a printer. After that, PDFs in any app.



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Why this complicated method?
Authored by: nichrome on Jul 24, '02 12:00:43PM

It doesn't cost anything. So what? You can save PDF's through any app in Mac OS X that prints. Just select File.Print, use the pop-up menu to go to output options and pick "Save As PDF". You have to have a printer set up for this to work, but you can define a dummy printer over LPR if you don't have a real printer. Just go to Print Center and set up a printer. After that, PDFs in any app.



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Why this complicated method?
Authored by: redplague on Jul 25, '02 04:34:50AM

Try and make an image-sized pdf that way, you can't.



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Ghostscript is another free option
Authored by: jecwobble on Jul 24, '02 02:48:47PM
I have RealPC (Classic app) running Win98 for some MS Access applications I have. I couldn't just print the Access reports directly to the printer attached to my Mac, and I didn't want to buy Acrobat, so I searched for an alternative. I found Ghostscript and a variety of GUIs for it. I only use the Windows version, but it looks like there are ports for OS 8 & 9 and UNIX (including FreeBSD and some X11 GUIs).

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Ghostscript is another free option
Authored by: redplague on Jul 25, '02 05:13:12AM

That's the spirit.

To be honest, I have a hard time understanding those people who keep complaining about "complicated". Sure it's easier to export from Photoshop. It's also a hell of a lot more expensive. The only other alternative I've ever heard people mention is SnapzPro X, and even that costs money.
So I take the time to tell folks about a way they can do something for free, and what do I get? One intelligent comment (yours), two emails from guys with questions (I've answered them to the best of my knowledge), and a whole lot of BS from people who apparently consider it a sacrilege to use anything other than an extremely pricey (and bloated) piece of software that wasn't even Carbonized until recently.

BTW, I think ImageMagick might actually be using GhostScript itself.



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FullScreen pdf
Authored by: oem on Jul 23, '02 04:51:51PM

I also use photoshop to create such pdf, and Yes full screen BootPanel.pdf is ok.
I personally change the file manually.

(My Ti bootpanel pdf is
<http://perso.club-internet.fr/oem/transfert/ouam/BootPanel.pdf>)



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FullScreen pdf
Authored by: redplague on Jul 25, '02 10:15:51AM

Works here, too. (Obviously; why should it make a difference how the panel gets made?)

Apparently, anything larger than 800x600 pixels will fill out the screen completely.

Actually, I'm very surprised, considering that all the BootPanels on ResExcellence are the standard 480x360.



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Thanks very much
Authored by: urcindalo on Sep 15, '02 05:56:13AM

Thank you very much for your *very useful* tip. I've been looking for the way to do it for a long time. Now I see a beautiful macaw everytime I boot up.

Again, thank you. And greetings from Spain ;)



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