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Generating postscript from Windows (I made some changes to this)

Install a Postscript Printer Driver

    Unless you already have a postscript printer driver installed, follow these instructions. Even if you already have one, you may add another one for pdf purpose only. You don't need to have the actual printer.

  1. Click Start -> Settings->Printers or double click My Computer->Printer. Then your printer folder will show up.
  2. Double click Add Printer
  3. In Windows 98, Add Printer Wizard window will pop up. (Windows 95 should have something similar.) Click Next.
  4. Choose Local printer. Click Next.
  5. Choose a postscript printer driver.  How? Choose one with "PS" or "PostScript"  attached to its name. It is a good idea to choose a color postscript printer because you might want to make a colorful PDF file. For example, HP PaintJet XL300 Postscript will do the job. I myself use to use Tektronix Phaser 220i. (There is no "PS" or "PostScript" in it, but this driver helped me first discover how to make postscript files from windows applications; however, the unprintable area for  printer is quite large.) However, I recommend Tektronix Phaser 300i. It doesn't have a large unprintable area like Tektronix Phaser 220i does. Moreover, it doesn't have the color changed problem like HP PaintJet XL300 Phostscript does .


      • Stephen has reported that HP Laserjet 8150 PS driver gives even better results. "I got better results with an HP Laserjet driver (the Laserjet 8150 PS) because my original Word document used Garamond 12 font. This font was rendered poorly with the Textronix driver and other HP's I tried. I think the reason may be that of the ones I tried, only the 8150 used "Postscript Language Level 3"; the others used level 2 (whatever that means)."
      • Thomas suggested  HP Laserjet 5500 drivers work very well if you want color. "I found that the HP Color Laserjet 5500 gave excellent results - no other I found could do a large A3 colour pdf..." The driver can be downloaded here.
  6. Click Next
  7. Choose a printer port. (I recommend FILE but LPT1 is OK.)
  8. Name your printer and decide if you want it to be your default printer. Click Next.
  9. Choose NO for printing a test page because you don't really have one. :)
  10. Click Next and you will be prompted to insert your Windows 98/95 CD-ROM.
  11. Viola!  You got yourself a new printer driver. Now look at your printer folder. Right click on your new printer and choose properties.
  12. Click Paper tab and choose Letter unless your standard paper is different.
  13. Click PostScript Tab.  In the PostScript output format box, choose PostScript(optimize for portability - ADSC)Note: you can also create an EPS file by choosing Encapsulated PostScript (EPS).  This file can be used as an image in LaTeX.
  14. NOTE:----->>> Under PostScript Language Level change it to 1. <<<<<--------------------
  15. That's all you need to setup the printer driver. However, you can experiment with other options and see what what you get.  Click OK when you're done.
  16. NOTE: ----->>> Sometimes generating an EPS file directly will create a big box around the figure. To fix this problem do the following:
    1. Save the file as
    2. Open the file using gv
    3. Convert the file into yyy.eps (PS to EPS - Option)
    4. Use the EPS format!

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Interesting Quotes (that I like) :

- "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." Richard Buckminster Fuller


- Environment and Culture: In order to survive, humans must provide for their material, emotional and intellectual needs. These are satisfied by culture
A complex system that includes tools, language, arts, and believes. Cultures vary because they must be compatible with their supporting environments. Thus different climates, terrains sources of food evoke different cultural responses. - Royal BC Museum, Victoria, Ca.
Respect the cultural differences. Preserve humanity and justice.

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Artists (my favorite ones) :

1- A talented unknown painter with lots of potential; we call her IM.....