Converting to PDF

Please use the templates provided in formatting your work BEFORE you convert your file to PDF.

Please check your work carefully before submitting it to make sure all your data is intact.  Once a paper is submitted no amendments will be possible before reviewing.

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There are two ways to create a PDF file from a LaTeX document:

  1. Run latex on the document as usual. When creating the .ps file, use dvips like this to make sure that the necessary fonts are included:
         dvips -Ppdf -G0 filename.dvi -o
    Then you can create a PDF file from the resulting PostScript file. If you have the "distill" program installed on your system, you can run it like this
    If you don't have distill, you can also use ps2pdf (which is probably installed in the same place as dvips):
    Or, you can try downloading the PSTill program (for a $30 fee).

    Note: Distill and ps2pdf may assume that your document is in US 'Letter' format unless you explicity tell it otherwise. To get A4 output you can do this:
    distill -pagesize 21 29.7cm
    ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE=a4

  2. If you have PDFLaTeX installed on your system, you can use it instead to create the PDF file directly from the .tex file. Basically, instead of typing latex filename.tex , you type pdflatex filename.tex

Word, WordPerfect and RTF

The simplest way to convert your word processing file is to use one of the "print drivers" provided with Adobe Acrobat (the full program, not Acrobat Reader).  There are other programs on the market that will convert word processor documents to PDF as well.  We strongly recommend that if you use Adobe Acrobat that you use the Distiller print option instead of the PDFWriter driver.  The reason is that the latter can produce files that are hard to edit, which will make it impossible for the final version of your submission (if accepted) to appear in the proceedings.

If you do not have Adobe Acrobat or some other commercial product that will convert your file to PDF, there are freeware options.  These typically involve producing a Postscript file first, and then using a program to convert from Postscript to PDF.  For example, you can use a printer driver that produces postscript for a printer, and send the output to a file instead to produce a postscript file.  Then you can use  Ghostview to convert the Postscript file to a PDF file, or the shareware program PStill.

Last edited 1/23/04, by KDF