Adobe Distiller

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Adobe Distiller
Adobe Distiller X icon.png
Stable release
Operating systemWindows, Mac OS, Solaris, Unix
LicenseSame as Adobe Acrobat

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, 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, LinuxToday, June 19, 2000.
  6. ^ Adobe Distiller Server 8 / FAQ Archived August 22, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., retrieved 2013-08-17.