Wednesday, April 6, 2011

PDF24: configure PDF24 to use Barcode Writer in Pure Postscript

For work related reasons I have a number of trips to Germany for the next few weeks/months.

Apart from the joys of using a German keyboard while in Germany I came accross another PDF program called PDF24. It can be downloaded here, PDF24

Alsongside blog entries for cutepdf or and pdfcreator this blog shows the way to include the Barcode Writer in Pure Postscript (from now referred to as BWIPP) with PDF24.

The way to include barcode writer in pure postscript is to use the ghostscript resource process

Download the BWIPP from the download section "Seperate file per named resource" as this is required for the ghostscript resource process.

The current PDF24 2.9.5 version comes with ghostscript version 8.61.

C:\Program Files\PDF24\gs\bin>gswin32c.exe -version
GPL Ghostscript 8.61 (2007-11-21)
Copyright (C) 2007 Artifex Software, Inc.  All rights reserved.

Copy the BWIPP to the PDF24 ghostscript related resource directory. As shown here.

Now all the barcodes from the BWIPP can be used to generate pdfs with barcodes. An example 26 barcode page generated with SAP.

Created with the Barcode Writer in Pure Postscript

For example the PDF24 program could now be used with SAP in place of pdfcreator in my previous blog Barcodes for free in SAP

The general page for BWIPP in SAP is here barcodes in sap with barcode writer in pure postscript

An alternate approach of including the BWIPP in an SAP device type and using cutepdf is demonstrated in the youtube video below.

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