[texhax] from text to pdf?

William F. Adams wadams at atlis.com
Tue Sep 28 17:04:17 CEST 2004

On Monday, September 27, 2004, at 05:26  PM, Ted Eisenberg wrote:

> we have a macintosh powerbook G3 and system 8.1
> We are looking for a program which can convert Text into a PDF file.  I
> was told to look at winedt.com and they recommended we contact you.
> do you have a downloadable program which can help us?

After a fashion.

There are shareware implementations of TeX (cmactex and oztex) which 
include pdftex which can convert a file into a .pdf --- you'd have to 
add some bit of text at the end (\vfill\eject\bye) and not use any 
characters with special meaning to TeX (or put code at the beginning of 
the file to keep them from interfering).

Unfortunately, AFAIK, none of the programs mentioned thus far work on 
System 8.1

You _might_ be able to use Perl for this --- I believe it has a pdf 
creation module.

Probably it'd be easier for you to just get an older copy of Adobe 
Acrobat Distiller (it comes bundled w/ most Adobe products) and use 
that, printing from BBEdit Lite or some such.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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