ps2ascii and ps2pdf: In two directions

I don’t run across pure Postscript files too often any more. All the same, things like ps2ascii and ps2pdf are useful.

Both are part of the ghostscript package, which you might already have installed as a dependency to something else. It seems to get around.

2014-03-15-lv-r1fz6-ps2ascii 2014-03-15-lv-r1fz6-ps2pdf

I don’t know if there’s much I can add that isn’t better shown in the images. On the one hand you can convert to straight text, and the other, make the leap to PDFs … and from there, there’s lots of places to go.

I will say ps2ascii‘s product seems to be a bit cluttered, so it might need a little touching up here and there. I hold no grudge over that though.

And I should also note that ps2pdf has a few variations, and on my Arch system they show up as ps2pdf12, ps2pdf13, ps2pdf14 and ps2pdfwr. If you need a certain degree of compatibility — or lack thereof, if you use ps2pfdwr alone — you have the options.

Conversion tools, conversion tools, so many more conversion tools. … 😐

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