Welcome to the PStill home page!

PStill can convert PostScript, EPS, TIFF, JPEG, BMP and GIF files to PDF, transcode PDF (incl. PDF/A and PDF/X) to PDF, PDF/A and PDF/X and optional also generate pre-press ready EPS and PS files. On Windows it can be used as direct To-PDF printer server, producing PDF directly from any application - local or by serving print clients over the network.

Windows users may want to go to the PStill/Win page directly and MacOS X users may want to visit Stone Design, Inc. for the PStill/MacOSX version.



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What PStill can do for you

  • Convert to PDF, PDF/X and PDF/A
    Easy and high-quality EPS, PS, PDF and several raster image formats to PDF conversion on Windows and MacOS X, able to concat multiple files of all types in the output, also as mixed set. You can just drop in some PS, PDF and e.g. JPEG files and PStill will create one PDF from the input set. PStill can output also to PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3, a focused subset of PDF for 'pre-press' work. PStill knows about CMYK and spot colors and can handle overprinting. Starting with version 1.72.18 PStill also creates PDF/A-1b, a special version of PDF for archiving purposes.

  • Putting the 'Portable' back in PDF - PDF to PDF Transcoding
    Your PDF cannot be printed on some printers or processed with some applications? PStill can sanitize, simplify, reprocess, flatten transparency and recompress PDF-Files, this process also known as 'transcoding' create a new PDF that has better compatibility, is often smaller in file size, can be optional encrypted/secured and contain only a uniform set of font types. Fonts can be normalized to plain PostScript Type 1 formats, can be subsetted, missing fonts included and bad fonts repaired/replaced. PStill can detect and remove duplicate elements in the PDF. Text can be converted to outlines which makes it perfect for creating 'fontless' PDF. Transcoding can be used to repair bad PDF or simplify the PDF structure so more limited output devices can process it.

  • Batch Convert to PDF, PDF/X and PDF/A
    PStill can run as command line program and can be easily scripted (BAT, Shellscript, PERL, VB, etc.). The command line converter runs on Windows, Linux, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, HP HPUX and allows you to integrate PStill into any application that is able to call external programs to get full PDF generating functionality.

  • Convert to PostScript and EPS*
    Easily convert a PS or PDF to a set of EPS (incl. EPS TIFF preview generation on the Windows platform) or PostScript. The conversion does retain vectors and text, can handle Gray, RGB, CMYK, spot colors, overprinting, transparency and writes DSC conforming, flattened PostScript output. PStill works as a job 'normalizer' rewriting an existing EPS, PostScript or PDF file by breaking it down to its basic drawing operations but still maintains the same print output. Flattened PostScript can be processed on most any output device as it contains only a handful well defined operations and maintains a normalized coordinate system. Requires PS/EPS Normalizer license type, please see licensing options

  • Page assembly, rescaling, tiled output of large pages, stamping and more
    In a process called N-Up processing PStill can 'place' and/or rescale pages in the output so the result are e.g. 2 job pages on 1 output page, 4 job pages on 1 output page or any other combinations (assembly is fully scriptable) - to save space or to create booklets. PStill can tile a large page to smaller pages with automatic bleed and cut marks, e.g. for output of posters and construction plans on standard desktop printers. PStill allows to impose several page or parts of pages on each other, add static and dynamic page elements like visual page numbers, barcodes, Javascripts or impose ('stamp') logos. PStill can encrypt PDFs and apply PDF document permissions.

    A special option to autoconvert pre-separated PostScript jobs to composite color PDFs or PostScript/EPS files is available (SeparationToComposite module optional, can be ordered separately).

  • Font conversion and job normalization
    Your printer cannot print the PDF or PostScript you feed to it? PStill can simplify the job so it becomes printable to limited output devices. PStill can auto convert TrueType or unwrap CID or Type 0 fonts to PostScript Type 1 fonts thus greatly enhancing compatibility of the PDF/PS or EPS results. It can autoreplace DVIPS (TeX) embedded bitmap fonts in PS input by its Type 1 variants leading to better and leaner output.

  • Direct import PDF, EPS, PS and AI formats into your application
    Using the structured output option PStill can make graphic file formats easily parsable to other applications. This mode also allows for automatic path clipping and conversion of text and lines to fill paths. Please follow this link here for more information. PStillDLL also allows for direct import by an easy callback interface.

  • Includes virtual print server (Windows Version)
    PStill can be setup'd to run as virtual print server, accepting local or remote jobs over the network - you can just print from your Windows application using the standard printer driver and PStill gets and converts the print job in the background to PDF. This feature works networkwide right out of the box without paying 'per client' or the need to install the software on the client systems. You only need to install PStill on the server. The virtual print server can also receive jobs from Linux, UNIX or MacOSX based systems directly.

  • Available as linkable library (DLL, Windows Version)
    PStill is also available as DLL to help you integrate PDF transcoding, PDF/EPS/PS parsing, EPS and PS to PDF conversion, prepress quality EPS and PS creation from PDF and more into your application. The DLL has the same abilities as the program version. PStill DLL is fully self contained and does not rely on external third party programs or libraries. Please contact me for details.


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License PStill

Please download the software and try it out first, so you can be sure it works for you. Then follow these links to the Shareit registration service, they will provide you with secure ordering service for all major credit cards and other payment options. You will receive your license key as soon as possible, usually within 24 hours (see also the notice on the ShareIt order page):

Questions regarding the licensing options? Send me an email.

See this information about the license options.


Download PStill

Updated 12. Nov 2013 - PStill 1.84.34 for Windows released
Please note the MacOS X version of PStill uses a different version numbering scheme.


PlatformVersionReleaseGet it here
MS WindowsWindows GUI11/13PStill/Win page
Apple MacOS XMacOS X GUIoftenStone Design
Linux/Ia32Command line11/131.84.34 Compatibility notes
Sun Solaris/SparcCommand line2/09 1.72.18 1.72.12 1.72.14
IBM AIX 4.3+Command line3/071.72.12
HP HPUX/ItaniumCommand line3/071.72.12
HP HPUX/PPACommand line5/061.70.1 1.72.7
SGI IRIX 6.xCommand line12/011.51.3 1.55.7
FreeBSD 4.4+Command line01/021.55.8

Problems or questions? Read the FAQ first!


Terms of use, please read before downloading

  • All usage is subject to the conditions as outlined in the license agreement, see the 'pstill-license.txt' and/or COPYRIGHT documents as contained within the software archives before use. PStill is created in Germany and this web site and its content are also located there.

  • The Windows version is distributed as Shareware ('try-before-buy') and must be registered and activated for all kind of use. There exists two different models of use and pricing: personal/educational and for commercial purposes. Personal/edu users and non-profit organizations should apply for a personal license, any commercial usage (means: any for-profit use) requires a commercial type license.

  • The Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, IRIX, AIX and HPUX versions are free only for personal/private and educational use. Commercial users (means: any for-profit use) must register and order a commercial type license key. The software will run without any functional restrictions but will display a notice on the console.

    To find out how to order a license key click here.

  • PStill has come a long way. The first versions on NeXTSTEP date back to 1995. As a way of telling thank-you the NeXTSTEP version is free to use for all remaining users of NeXTSTEP/OpenStep but unsupported. Commerical redistribution of the PStill/NS version is not allowed, but you are free to link to this page.

    By registering the software you are actively helping and funding further development. Contary to anonymous large companies you are talking directly to the developer and I also listen to user requests for potential future additions to PStill.

Some information about the general command line usage of PStill can be found here. The PStill FAQ can be found here.

You can order a license key either direct by FAX/letter or by using the online registration service of ShareIt. Without key the Windows version will write a small 'mark' on the each page but is otherwise fully functional so you can test the software before purchasing a license key.

The PStill archive must not placed on another web page, ftp server or CDROM collection (or stored any other media) without written consent. Of course you may put a link to this page on your web site.


Contact information

If you like to use the pstill conversion engine in your own products or software packages, inquire the prices for volume/site licenses or you have a question just send an email to this email address. My full contact information can be found here.

(In German: So können Sie mich erreichen: hier klicken).


Other PStill and PDF related information

You may need fonts to operate PStill, for some freely available ones please consult the free fonts page and the Type 1 information page maintained by Nelson Beebe. All versions of PStill accept PostScript Type 1 or Type 3 fonts in either PFA or PFB file format, starting with version 1.60 PStill will also accept TTF (TrueType) fonts.

To get the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe, Inc. just follow this link:

To get xpdf, another great (compatible, fast and free) tool for viewing PDFs on X11: Other related information and hints

Do you have other needs or questions? Fast raster image to PDF conversion, DCS to PDF or EPS conversion, PDF marking, preflight/analysing systems, PostScript/PDF color separation, color control, PDF printing libraries, job proofing and general raster image/PS/EPS/PDF conversion and meta extraction technology (e.g. DCSTOPDF, DCSTOEPS, IPTCINFO/XMP extraction) are also in my portfolio. To name some:

  • JT2EPS - JPEG and TIFF to EPS converter with full support of takeover of Photoshop(R) meta information, compression, color profiles, clip paths and EPS preview generation.

  • DCS2PDF - converts a Photoshop(R) DCS to PDF while retaining all native spot colors

  • PDFPlace - direct PDF layout tool, compose a PDF from single PDF pages

  • PDFCheck - PDF structure analysis and preflight tool

  • PDFLint - PDF validation tool (now part of PDFCheck)

  • PSCheck - PS/EPS structure analysis and preflight tool

  • RaStill - fast TIFF to PDF converter

  • PT2Barcode - reads Code 39 barcodes from TIFF and PDF files returning the bar code in text form

  • PDF-Marker - fast PDF stamping tool, for removeable and changeable stamps (Stamping by reprocessing is part of PStills functionality)

  • PDFPostermaker - images a small pagesize PDF on several pages, incl. cutmarks and bleed generation (now part of PStill)

  • PDFSeparator - color separates a PDF to a set of PDF, each in a primary color (functionality now part of PStill)

  • X-PDFBrowser - Embed files and data into PDF, optional encrypted.

  • DropResizer - Easy to use image resize & sharpening, renaming and format conversion in one step.

I also offer consulting and custom system analysis/design. Please contact me for more information.


Disclaimer

ON DOWNLOADING THE PSTILL PROGRAM YOU INDICATE ACCEPTANCE TO THIS DISCLAIMER. YOU ARE USING PSTILL ENTIRELY AT YOUR OWN RISK. THE AUTHOR IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY PROBLEMS, LOSS OR DAMAGE THIS PROGRAM, ITS USE OR MISUSE OR RESULTS MAY CAUSE OR INFLICT. ALL NAMES AND SYMBOLS ARE USED FOR IDENTIFICATION PURPOSE ONLY. PSTILL IS A REGISTERED WORDMARK OF FRANK SIEGERT. POSTSCRIPT, ADOBE, ACROBAT, DISTILLER, PHOTOSHOP, PDF AND OTHERS NOT MENTIONED HERE ARE TRADEMARKS OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED. SUN, SPARC, SOLARIS AND OTHERS ARE TRADEMARKS OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF SUN INC. HP, HPUX AND OTHERS ARE TRADEMARKS OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF HEWLETT PACKARD INC. AIX IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF IBM INC. WINDOWS IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF MICROSOFT, INC. UNIX IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF THE OPEN GROUP. LINUX IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF LINUS TORVALDS. ALL OTHER BRAND OR PRODUCT NAMES MENTIONED ON THIS PAGE, IN THE IDENTIFICATION PRINT OUT OF THE SOFTWARE OR ITS DOCUMENTATION ARE THE TRADEMARKS OR REGISTERED TRADEMARKS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE HOLDERS. PDF AND PDF LIST OF OPERATORS AND DATA STRUCTURES ARE COPYRIGHT ADOBE SYSTEMS INCORPORATED. PSTILL WAS WRITTEN ACCORDING TO THE COPYRIGHT STATEMENT AS OUTLINED IN THE ADOBE PORTABLE DOCUMENT FORMAT REFERENCE MANUAL VERSION 1.2, PAGE 22/23. THIS WEB PAGE CONTAINS LINKS TO THIRD PARTY WEB SITES WHICH ARE NOT UNDER CONTROL OF FRANK SIEGERT. THESE LINKS ARE ONLY PROVIDED FOR CONVENIENCE AND THE INCLUSION OF THESE LINKS DOES NOT IMPLY ANY RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE CONTENTS ON THESE SITES. THIS WEBSITE AND ITS CONTENT ARE LOCATED IN GERMANY. CLICK HERE FOR CONTACT INFORMATION.