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Thanks,
mark

Super Condensed Version or Long winded version
You need ... Do the following ...
  1. install GhostScript
  2. if you want the c++ option, dowload source or executable
    1. If you downloaded source, compile it and
    2. place place executable in the /bin directory under the GhostScript install directory then create a shortcut on the desktop to that executable
  3. if you want the command line script, download it, place on desktop.

Long winded version

Ok, so you want to convert a PDF to a TIFF. We here at Ohio University Libraries in Athens Ohio are using GhostScript. The homepage for GPL (GNU Public License) GhostScript is http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/doc/GPL/index.htm.

By using GhostScript and this little program I wrote (source code or compiled - on WindowsXP Pro). We've been able to reduce paper AND reduce training for our student assistants. How? Well, now our students scan everything into pdf, save the files to a networked drive. We are then able to batch convert the files we need to TIFF for delivery through Odyssey or Ariel.
The process is really quite simple ... this should strickingly familiar
You need ... Do the following ...
  1. install GhostScript - we used the default settings (pretty much a click, agree, click process)
  2. if you want to be able to batch process the files, and don't like the idea of renaming every file you convert, you'll want the c++ option, so, dowload source or executable
    1. If you downloaded source, compile it using c++ compiler of your choice - see above for what I used
    2. If you don't want to deal with the source code, download the executable (it should work as long as you're using windows XP
    3. Place the executable (presumably converter.exe) in the directory C:\gs\gs8.50\bin (see, I told you the directory was important! - as an example, if you happen to use an older version, the directory might be something like C:\gs\gs8.15\bin)
    4. Create a shortcut to the executable and place it on the desktop (This is optional, but it's nice being able to drag and drop files onto a conveniently placed icon on the desktop)
  3. if you want the command line script, download it, place on desktop (You will want to double check the script to make sure it's pointing to the appropriate directory).