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So I convert a piece of text to PDF like so:

INPUT="this text goes to a pdf file"
paps $INPUT 2>/dev/null | ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -dOptimize=true -dEmbedAllFonts=true - out.pdf

Which works great, were it not for the very annoying fact that the produced PDF is an image -- meaning the text can't be selected or searched. I searched for alternatives, but I could not find one that allows the font to be changed (which paps does). In particular, the alternatives given here are not suitable, for one reason or another (lack of UTF-8 support, etc.).

Is there a tool that fulfils the aforementioned requirements?

  • It's been a while since I've looked at the output of latex-based ps & the resulting pdf's but that's another option. – Jeff Schaller Sep 19 '15 at 22:51
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There is a new version of paps that is able to write selectable pdf directly. See: https://github.com/dov/paps

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