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.
- PStill 1.86.14 for Windows release, Linux version will follow soon.
- PStill now runs on RasperryPi.
- Addon PDFInfoTool for Windows released.
- Addon PDF2r (PDF to rastered PDF) for Windows released.
- Addon PDF2i (PDF to image files) for Windows released.
- RaStill - Very fast JPEG/TIFF to PDF converter.
- Use PStill to parse PDF, PostScript and EPS with the structured output mode.
- PDF-Marker allows to add visual 'markings' (stamps) to a PDF and change/update or remove them later.
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. PStill also creates PDF/A-1b, a special version of PDF for archiving purposes and can change the PDF compatibility level (e.g. convert PDF-1.7 to PDF-1.3).
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please note the MacOS X version of PStill uses a different version numbering scheme.
|Platform||Version||Release||Get it here|
|MS Windows||Windows GUI||07/15||PStill/Win page|
|Apple MacOS X||MacOS X GUI||-||Stone Design|
|Linux/Ia32||Command line||11/13||1.84.34 Compatibility notes|
|Sun Solaris/Sparc||Command line||2/09||1.72.18 1.72.12 1.72.14|
|IBM AIX 4.3+||Command line||3/07||1.72.12|
|HP HPUX/Itanium||Command line||3/07||1.72.12|
|HP HPUX/PPA||Command line||5/06||1.70.1 1.72.7|
|SGI IRIX 6.x||Command line||12/01||1.51.3 1.55.7|
|FreeBSD 4.4+||Command line||01/02||1.55.8|
To find out how to order a license key click here.
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.
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.
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.
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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:
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.