I've seen at a PDF conference a technique where a un*x (or linux,
running on i386 if that matters) server is used in the distilling
process, to make PDFs a part of regular pre-press and web workflows.
The setup was not well-explained so I am interested in any ideas people
might have to accomplish this. Basically a linux server was set up (in
this case with AppleTalk, although I'm sure Samba would do for windows
environments) and essentially postscript files were dropped into a
shared folder on the linux machine, and distilled, relieving each user's
computer of burden of the task.
As I am not sure how this was done, I envision one of two ways--any
suggestions, or people with success stories, please pipe in!
* The folder becomes "watched" to distill any postscript files found
there via some command-line tool at some interval (via cron or similar).
I'm not sure if ghostscript or pstill have command-line distilling
* Ideally, but perhaps not possible right now, the file could be
"printed" to PDF, spooling on the linux box, so the file would be made
right away. This would be somewhat simpler than each user accessing a
shared folder, since we already have regular printer spooling being done
on the linux box. This would seem to require a PDF "printer driver" and
some way to configure the PDF output, location to save the PDF file,
Any ideas or discussion appreciated!
Regular Baptist Press