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Install the AdobePS printer driver to create PostScript and printer files in Windows applications

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Install AdobePS

Create a PostScript or printer file

The Adobe PostScript printer driver (AdobePS) lets you to create PostScript files (PS), or printer files (PRN) from any Windows application that prints. (No printer required.) You can then open these files in Adobe Acrobat Distiller 5.0 or later to convert them to PDF files. AdobePS is available from the Adobe website at : Download Adobe Universal PostScript Windows Driver Installer 1.0.6 - [language].

Note: Installing the AdobePS printer driver on 64-bit systems (such as Windows XP x64) is not supported.

When you install AdobePS, specify the Acrobat Distiller PostScript Printer Description (PPD) file. This PPD file adds advanced options to AdobePS, such as color and custom page sizes. (Selecting another PPD file may result in PDF files that contain incorrect color, font, or page size information.) The Acrobat Distiller PPD is installed with Adobe Acrobat, and is available from the Adobe website.

To download the Acrobat Distiller 5.0 PPD file (Adist5.ppd):

1. Visit .

2. In the PostScript Printer Drivers area, click Windows.

3. Scroll to the PPD Files area, and then click PPD Files: Adobe.

4. Click Download, and then click Download again to save the file to your hard disk.

5. Use WinZip or another utility to decompress the file.

Install AdobePS

The following procedure requires the Acrobat Distiller PPD file.

1. Double-click the Adobe Universal PostScript Windows Driver Installer (winsteng.exe), and then click Next.

2. Click Accept to accept the End User License Agreement.

3. If the Printer Installation Type dialog box appears, select Install A New PostScript Printer, and then click Next.

4. In the Printer Connection Type dialog box, select the Local Printer option, and then click Next.

5. In the Local Port Selection dialog box, choose one of the following, and then click Next:

-- File: Local Port

-- File: Creates A File On Disk

6. In the Select Printer Model dialog box, click Browse.

7. Select the Acrobat Distiller PPD file that you downloaded (Adist5.ppd) or select the PPD file that Acrobat installed to the following location, and then click OK:

Note: The following PPD files may appear under different names in the AdobePS installer wizard until selected (for example, "Acrobat Distiller" for Adist5.ppd, or "Adobe PDF 7.0" for Adpdf7.ppd.)

-- Acrobat 7.0.x: Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 7.0\Distillr\Xtras\Adpdf7.ppd

-- Acrobat 6.0.x: Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 6.0\Distillr\Xtras\Adpdf6.ppd

-- Acrobat 5.x: Program Files\Adobe\Acrobat 5.0\Distillr\Xtras\Adist5.ppd

8. Click Next.

9. Select Not Shared, and then click Next.

10. Name the AdobePS printer, select No to printing a test page, select your preference for a default printer, and then click Next.

11. Click Install.

12. In the Printer Configuration dialog box, select No, and then click Next.

13. Click Finish, and then restart the computer if prompted. (A new printer icon appears in the list of printers.)

Create a PostScript or printer file

After you install AdobePS, you can create a PS or PRN file.

1. Choose File > Print.

2. Choose the AdobePS printer from the list of printers.

3. Select Print To File, and then click Print or OK.

4. Name and save the PS or PRN file.

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Last edited - 03/08/2006


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