Adobe Acrobat Distiller is a computer program for converting documents from PostScript format to Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format), the native format of the Adobe Acrobat family of products. It was first shipped as a component of Acrobat in 1993. Acrobat 4, in 1999, added preset configuration files to Distiller, and Acrobat 5, in 2001, added improved color management. 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.
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. In 2013, Distiller Server was discontinued in favor of the PDF Generator component of Adobe LiveCycle.
^Zipper, Bernd (March 5, 2003), PDF Workflow: Doing It Your Way, Planet PDF, The primary application for PDF generation is Adobe Systems' Acrobat Distiller, the heart of the $249 Acrobat product family.
^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.