Time and again we hear people saying that they use Windows machines
for making/viewing PDF files (electronic documents), in the belief
that RISC OS is fundamentally deficient in this area. To counter
this, we're launching PDFsuite - an affordable CD containing
everything you need to view, print and create PDF files on RISC OS
machines (OS 3.5+).
PDF files have become the standard for cross-platform "DTP-style"
documents (ie. with all your fonts, pictures and formatting retained).
They are ideal for sending to colleagues or friends running on
different platforms, and for distributing documents on the web.
PDF is, in many ways, essential for RISC OS users, because we use
programs like Ovation Pro or Impression, which have their own
file formats, not recognised in the world at large. If you could
go directly from Impression, Ovation, Draw, FireWorkz, or any number
of other programs, straight into PDF, then your documents would be
accessible on any other platform.
Enter PDFmaker, a major part of the Suite, developed in-house here
at R-Comp. This software allows you to create PDF files from almost
any application in just a couple of clicks. Attractively presented,
and a doddle to use, PDFmaker lets you drag a PDF straight out to
your hard disc, or fine tune quality settings if you wish.
The Suite also includes PDF viewing software, capable of running on
all machines 3.5+ without the need for updated C libraries or any
other hassles. You can quickly proof your PDF files, or view/print
But surely setting all this is complicated? Amazingly, PDFsuite
(including PDFmaker) can be installed in just four clicks...
Click on the CD icon on the iconbar, 2 clicks on the installation
program, and finally one click on "Install". Your computer will
be set up to view and create PDFs.
"I had tried all the other options and failed to get my book published correctly. Having installed PDFsuite, the printing company accepted it first time."
"...PDFSuite, which has kept me entertained for a number of hours! I
wish I had had that this software ten years ago. I have tested it to the
Click here to download a sample PDF file showing this web page (created from a web browser using PDFmaker)
Click here to order your copy of PDFsuite (inc PDFmaker) right now!
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For example, handling of 256 colour sprites is better, cropping of bitmap images can be achieved, and some graduated fills/blends may look smoother. All typefaces are now embedded in the PDF (previously standard fonts/faces used substitution - Trinity = Times, Homerton = Helvetica etc) which can help with some online printing sites. Note that, of course, more advanced PDF files may not always render so well on some PDF viewers (eg. !PDF), so the software gives users the choice.
We usually encourage users to try the ordinary edition of the software first - it meets the needs of 95% of users - and upgrade if necessary. There are also now a few, small, extra features in Pro such as better use of large RAM on modern machines to boost performance on Pi, Beagle, Panda etc.