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Distributing Ghostscript

The PDF Writer uses Ghostscript to create PDF documents and images. If you do not have Ghostscript on your system then it must be installed with the PDF Writer.

When the setup program is run normally by the user it will try to determine if Ghostscript is already on the system. It will offer to download and install it automatically if it was not found.

The automatic download of Ghostscript does not work when the setup program is running in silent mode. However, the setup program can still install Ghostscript automatically if you choose to do so. To install Ghostscript automatically, you need to place the installation files in the same directory as PDF Writer setup program. There are two ways to do so. Each of these methods are described below.

Method 1

This method is by far the easiest. All you have to do is place the Ghostscript Light distribution gslite.exe in the same folder as the PDF Writer setup program. When the setup program runs it will detect the presense of gslite.exe and install it together with the PDF Writer.

Method 2

The second method available is more advanced and is not recommended unless it is the only way to accomplish the desired result. It allows you to control exactly which Ghostscript files that are installed.

When running the setup program it will look for a folder called GS next to where the setup program is placed on your hard drive or network folder. If it finds a GS folder it will automatically copy the contents to where the printer is installed and create a registry entry so that the printer driver can find the Ghostscript application.

Here is a description of how to create this GS folder.

  1. Locate folder where you have the printer driver setup program.
  2. Create a folder named GS next to the setup program.
  3. Locate a normal installation of Ghostscript installed by the Ghostscript setup program.
  4. Copy the contents of the FONTS, BIN and LIB folders to the created GS folder. Do not copy the folders, only the files in the folders. All files must end up in the same GS folder.
  5. That's it!

Next time you run the setup program it will see the GS folder and install the Ghostscript files with the printer driver.

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