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    How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    Does anyone know if there is a way to save a word or excel file to a postscript format, i.e. with a .ps, .eps or .psc extention. I tried print the file to a postscript printer but it still wants to create a .prn file.

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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    Did you look at the prn file with a text editor to see what it was - I strongly suspect that it will have been a postscript file and could be renamed to .PS

    I just tested this and the .PRN file started with the line
    <pre>%!PS-Adobe-3.0 SDRT 0%%XRXbegin
    </pre>

    <pre>and ended with the lines
    %%Pages: 1
    (%%[LastPage]%%) =
    %%EOF
    00%-12345@PJL EOJ
    0%-12345X
    </pre>

    Looks like postscript to me.


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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    If you are printing to a file with a PostScript printer, then the file will be a postscript file, even if the extension is prn.

    Once you print it to a file, you can rename it to FileName.ps
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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    I currently have distiller running on the network. It is set up to recognized when postscript files are dropped in the IN directory, distiller runs, converts the file to pdf and copies it to an OUT box. When I rename the word .prn file to .eps, I get the following distiller error:

    %%[ Error: Helvetica-Bold not found. Font cannot be embedded. ]%%
    %%[ Error: invalidfont; OffendingCommand: findfont ]%%

    Stack:
    /Font
    /Helvetica-Bold
    true
    /Type1
    /Helvetica-Bold
    0.93
    /F0


    %%[ Flushing: rest of job (to end-of-file) will be ignored ]%%
    %%[ Warning: PostScript error. No PDF file produced. ] %%


    I am not using Helvetica...I am using Arial fonts.

    Do you have any ideas on how to get this to work in word or excel?

    Thanks

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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    > Do you have any ideas on how to get this to work in word or excel?

    I created a simple word document, just containing the text ABCD in Times New Roman font. I then printed this to a "Xerox Document Center 230 PS" printer on File, creating a .PRN file. I renamed the .PRN file and opened it from Distiller. It generated a number of error messages about fonts it didn't have, but created an acceptable Acrobat output.

    This is now beyond my knowledge of PostScript. Maybe some option on the print dialogue box?

    StuartR

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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    Try just renaming it to PS.

    I Distilled a bunch of old prn files (created a long time ago with Corel Ventura?? - DTP software) and renamed them to ps and they created the PDFs fine. I don't know if this will make a difference or not. This is all WAY out of my league.
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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    I don't think you should rename to .eps

    eps is encapsulated postscript, it is intended for things like embedded drawings that must not output a page or permanently change any state. You just want to create a PS file.

    StuartR

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    Re: How to save as postscript file (Word 2000)

    I figured out the problem. In the distiller program I changed the embedded fonts from base 14 fonts to windows fonts and it worked. I did not even have to change the file name from .prn to .ps and any postscript printer worked.

    Thank you all for your help.

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