SignWriting List Forum
Date: Tue Apr 18, 2000 12:02
"Angus B. Grieve-Smith"
Subject: Re: More wonderful features with .PDF!
On Mon, 17 Apr 2000, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> > Good luck! Acrobat Distiller is their main source of profit from
> >PDF, and I don't think that Adobe is good-hearted enough to give it away.
> That isn't true..they do donate to nonprofits in several different
Of course, but not in a blanket license to redistribute, which is
what I thought you were going to ask them for. They may be more receptive
if they know that it will only be given to certain schools.
> And you see, because I am not an MS-DOS person, I did not realize that
> I had to exit SignWriter to print to postscript...I tried and tried
> while I was still in SignWriter in SoftPC, and it never acknowledged
> the file, so obviously you know what you are doing...
That should not be the problem; the important thing is that you
need to run prn2file before entering SignWriter. Since that command is
where you specify the Postscript file name, if you try and print another
SignWriter file it will just be added on to the same Postscript file, and
I believe it will appear as a following page. If you want to specify
another file, you need to rerun prn2file, and to do that you need to exit
> ...but I have no idea what a DOS path is! And I know many other
> Macintosh people feel the same.
Absolutely. The path is a list of directories (Mac people usually
call them "folders") that DOS keeps. It's usually specified in the
autoexec.bat file; I bet that SoftPC has one of those. When you type the
name of a program in DOS, it looks first in your current directory, then
in every directory in the path. So you can either move prn2file.com and
ps2pdf.bat into the same directory with SignWriter, or you can find out
what directories they're in, edit the autoexec.bat file, and add the
directory names to the path.
> I know that there are Mac emulators for Windows too, and I am sure
> the problem reverses for Windows users!
I've spent several years working on Macs, since they were the most
popular computers at all the universities I've attended. But when I was a
kid I had a friend whose father worked for IBM, so I learned how to use
DOS even earlier. I think I like Unix the best of all, though.
-Angus B. Grieve-Smith
University of New Mexico