Adobe Distiller

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Adobe Distiller
Stable release
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS, Solaris, Unix
LicenseSame as Adobe Acrobat Edit this on Wikidata

Adobe Acrobat Distiller is a software application for converting documents from PostScript format to Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format), the native format of the Adobe Acrobat family of products.[1] It was first shipped as a component of Acrobat in 1993.[2] Acrobat 4, in 1999, added preset configuration files to Distiller, and Acrobat 5, in 2001, added improved color management.[3] Originally a separate application, Distiller eventually became incorporated into a printer driver for creating PDF files that preserved the printed appearance of documents from other applications.[4]

A related Adobe product, Acrobat Distiller Server, was released in 2000 and provided the ability to perform high-volume conversion of PostScript to PDF formats through a centralized client-server architecture.[5] In 2013, Distiller Server was discontinued in favor of the PDF Generator component of Adobe LiveCycle.[6]


  1. ^ Zipper, Bernd (March 5, 2003), PDF Workflow: Doing It Your Way, Planet PDF, archived from the original on February 24, 2014, The primary application for PDF generation is Adobe Systems' Acrobat Distiller, the heart of the $249 Acrobat product family.
  2. ^ Markoff, John (June 16, 1993), "Company News: Adobe Ships Acrobat Amid High Hopes", The New York Times.
  3. ^ The history of PDF,, August 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Arah, Tom (January 20, 2005), "Adobe Acrobat 7 review", PCPro, archived from the original on February 28, 2014, retrieved August 17, 2013, Key to this, though usually working in the background behind the convenient Adobe PDF print driver, is Acrobat Distiller. It's this essential utility that takes a PostScript-based print-to-disk file from any application and converts it to PDF as an exact electronic replica.
  5. ^ Adobe Announces Availability of Acrobat Distiller Server Archived 2017-11-10 at the Wayback Machine, LinuxToday, June 19, 2000.
  6. ^ Adobe Distiller Server 8 / FAQ Archived August 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 2013-08-17.