Reading PDF documents

Chipp Walters chipp at altuit.com
Sun Oct 2 14:18:47 EDT 2011


Roger,

Interesting. I wonder if one can use Ghostscript by itself to read a PDF? 


Chipp Walters
CEO, Shafer Walters Group, Inc

On Oct 2, 2011, at 12:28 PM, Roger Eller <roger.e.eller at sealedair.com> wrote:

> On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 12:36 PM, Roger Eller wrote:
> 
>> On Sun, Oct 2, 2011 at 9:30 AM, Bernard Devlin wrote:
>> 
>> I just downloaded one of the binaries from the IM download site (the
>>> zip file that is meant to require no installation/windows registry
>>> atlerations).  No compilation was involved.  No error messages were
>>> thrown up in the installation (i.e. unzipping process).  I found what
>>> I took to be the GUI interface to IM, and fired it up.  No errors.
>>> 
>>> The zip file was indeed 43mb, which expanded  out to 109mb.
>> 
>> 
>> <snip>
>> 
>> 
>>> A LiveCode + IM exe/dll + Ghostscript exe/dll might still be smaller
>>> than...
>> 
>> 
>> <snip>
>> 
>> 
>>> 
>>> Bernard
>> 
>> 
>> An earlier post mentioned that IM actually uses GS to do postscript and PDF
>> conversions.  That is why in my experience, just using the GS command-line
>> features were simpler and required nothing more than LiveCode shell, and GS
>> to convert a PDF to a multitude of LC compatible bitmap formats.  So, is IM
>> an unnecessary layer?  I think so if indeed IM needs GS to do this.
>> 
>> ˜Roger
>> 
>> 
> 
> I found these short instructions, which you can also shell from LC to
> perform a 'silent install' of GhostScript, thus reducing confusion and
> frustration of the end user.
> 
> http://theether.net/kb/100096
> 
> ˜Roger
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