[Haskell-cafe] PDF generation?

Leon Smith leon.p.smith at gmail.com
Tue Jun 8 06:42:37 EDT 2010

The fonts aren't rasterized,  but PDFs that were converted from PS
tend to look awful in almost any PDF viewer other than Adobe's Acrobat
Reader.  Fonts look especially bad.

I don't know exactly what the problem is, but my experience is that
you are best off generating PDF directly,  and using Acrobat Reader on
any document that looks bad otherwise.   Not to mention that PDF has a
document model and supports things such as hyperlinks,  which
Postscript does not,  which is another reason to avoid PostScript.


On Tue, Jun 1, 2010 at 2:45 PM, Yitzchak Gale <gale at sefer.org> wrote:
> I wrote:
>>> I have often generated PostScript from Haskell...
>>> Then you convert the PS to PDF using any of the nice
>>> utilities around for that
> Pierre-Etienne Meunier wrote:
>> Isn't there a problem with non-type 1 vectorial fonts being
>> rasterized during this conversion ?
> No.
> PDF is just a simplified, compressed encoding of PostScript.
> Unless there is some special reason to do so, why would
> a conversion utility go to the trouble of rasterizing fonts
> instead of just copying them in?
> Perhaps something like ImageMagick might do that; its
> internal format is a raster.
> Regards,
> Yitz
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