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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview Apps
Converting Postscript or Encapsulated Postscript files to PDF usually requires the use of Illustrator or Acrobat Distiller. Recently, I opened a .eps file by double-click, and that launched Preview. A progress box appeared, displaying conversion from PostScript to PDF. The conversion completed and the file was displayed in Preview, ready for save as/export.

This is a great solution for people who need the functionality without the cost of a third-party app.

App: Preview 3.0.1
System: OS X 10.4.2

[robg adds: THis also works in 10.3...]
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Careful with this conversion
Authored by: grondin on Aug 23, '05 10:17:36AM

I've had major problems using this "feature": many of my project are too complex for preview and I get a freeze when I accidently open a "generic" eps in preview.

Also you cannot control the quaility of the PDF made. I expect this process uses the same options as the "Print to PDF" feature of the print dialog box. These PDF are generally not suitable for sending to a commercial printer for use on a printing press.

Given these couple limitations, I think this is a GREAT way to convert those raw PS and EPS files to a useful format.



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Also done via CLI
Authored by: m@ on Aug 23, '05 11:22:40AM

Apple's ps/eps convertion can also be done via the CLI using pstopdf. This should not be confused with the various GhoseScript convertions utilities also avalable via the CLI such as ps2pdf etc.

As previously noted pstopdf has problems with some PostScript commands, but when used in conjunction with epstool is very efficent. The latter most probably due to Apple optermising pstopdf.



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Careful with this conversion
Authored by: siMac on Aug 24, '05 03:37:57AM
Also you cannot control the quaility of the PDF made.
Not with Preview, no - it just does a straight conversion to a full resolution PDF. However, you can then open that PDF in ColorSync Utility and resample, compress, etc with the settings you require.

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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview
Authored by: sim on Aug 23, '05 11:21:04AM

This is an old feature of Mac OS X, I think it existed since 10.2.



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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview
Authored by: vocaro on Aug 23, '05 01:49:59PM

Converting Postscript or Encapsulated Postscript files to PDF usually requires the use of Illustrator or Acrobat Distiller.

Or you can just grab ps2pdf from Fink. I actually prefer this method over Preview because it's faster and more convenient when you're on the command line.



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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview
Authored by: rhowell on Aug 23, '05 02:23:16PM

Faster than grabbing Fink...use the conversion tool that comes with Tiger (or Panther):

/usr/bin/pstopdf

To maintain bounding boxes for EPS files, Fink helps though:

/sw/bin/epstopdf



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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview
Authored by: telltarget on Aug 23, '05 04:23:23PM

From my experience with working with Quark PS files to create PDFs Preview doesn't create an acceptable PDF for a Professional Printer to use. They reject the PDF as being corrupt because their software can't open it without error.

So Preview is just good for previewing these high quality high res images



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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview
Authored by: dede125a on Aug 23, '05 04:25:31PM

Since Panther, MacOS's preview containt an Adobe Normaliser like we found in the professional RIP (used in pre-press DTP, like Heildelberg's PrintReady or CREO's Printenergy as an EOM solution). The role of this Normaliser is to… normalise (sic) a PostScript file (eps and ai who are just an kind of) before convert the file into pdf one.

As I know one professional pdf producer use it : Enfocus Instant PDF 3. The Apple documentation about this Normaliser is very poor and it's a shame because it could be a usefull solution for a lot of litle DTP software, espacialy as Tiger introduce the PDF/X standart in the printing API...



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Convert EPS and PS to PDF using Preview
Authored by: vladimus on Aug 24, '05 03:28:24AM
If you need control over output or Preview isn't working that well, I've put together a collection of drag-and-drop AppleScript front ends to the fink/Ghostscript ps2pdf converters, amongst others. It usually works better with more complex files, and it also has a frontend to OS X's pstopdf command. You can check it out here.

It'll even help you download Ghostscript separately if you don't have/want fink.

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