by October 3, 2008 0 comments

Spending money for a PDF converter, and that too for day-to-day tasks? Now
you don’t have to, as GhostScript can make a PDF file from Microsoft Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint files for free.

For this, you just need to install GhostScript, GhostView, and GhostWord from
the link provided (all these are tiny programs and the installation happens on
the fly), and any PostScript printer to make a PDF file.

GhostScript is also an interpreter for the PostScript language and PDF, with
ability to convert PostScript language files to raster formats. It has the
ability to convert PS files to PDF and vice versa.

GhostWord is a GhostScript interface and it integrates with Word. On clicking
GhostWord GUI, there are many options available like change in conversion
setting, resolution, and PDF optimization to screen printing, printer, or press.
GhostWord first makes a print file, then makes PDF file from that print file.

GhostView is a graphical interface for GhostScript. You can open a PostScript
or PDF file and view the contents in GhostView.

Here we create a PDF file from Microsoft Word using GhostScript. We used a
Word page with images of different formats and resolutions.

Direct Hit!
Applies To:
All computer users
Price: Free
USP: Create good-quality PDF files with images
& tables
Primary Link:
Google Keyword: GhostScript


After installing GhostWord, you
can see GhostWord GUI in the Word program. The GUI has options to change
conversion setting, resolution, and PDF optimization.
The PDF file created will
automatically open in GhostView .To check the image quality, run the
‘Preflight’ check, which shows that the PDF file is ready for offset

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