Re: PPT vs PDF :) (was: RE: Burning the Cosmic Commons Talk)

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Tue Oct 17 2000 - 15:25:07 MDT

Frank Prengel wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Eugene Leitl
> ...
> > audience is not required to deal with the format. Apart from that use
> > of proprietary (linked to a single platform or application) formats is
> > to be avoided, if the maximum possible audience is to be targeted.
> Am I right in assuming that PDF, too, is a proprietary format? That you have to
> buy Acrobat from Adobe to *produce* PDF documents? (Sure, readers are free,
> since the want people to use their format.) Or is there a freeware tool that
> would turn my PPT into PDF?

Adobe created PDF, but there are other applications out there, namely
GhostScript, which is freely downloadable, that can distill post script into
PDF, convert text to PDF, etc. Many people in publishing actually consider GS to
be superior in ways to Adobe's products. If you can publish your PPT file to
HTML, then you can us GS to convert that HTML to PDF.

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