Ghostscript is a processor for PostScript and PDF files. It can rasterize these files to a wide variety of printers, devices for screen preview, and image file formats. Since applications tend to prepare pages for printing in a high-level format such as PostScript, most Unix users with low-level bitmap printers, such as inkjets, use GhostScript as part of the printing process. In addition, Ghostscript is capable of converting PostScript files, functionality comparable to Adobe Acrobat Distiller, but on the command line. In addition, Ghostscript is used for file import and viewing by a great many other applications, including xv, ImageMagick, gimp, and xdvi. Several GUI wrappers for viewing PostScript and PDF files exist, including GSview, ghostview, gv, ggv, and kghostview. This is far from a comprehensive list.
|Tags||multimedia Graphics Graphics Conversion Viewers Software Development Interpreters|
|Operating Systems||BeOS Mac OS X Mac OS X Windows Windows Windows OS Independent OS/2 POSIX|
Release Notes: This release changes to the AGPL, improves thread safety, produces "Direct Web View" PDFs directly, extends the Font API to support PCL/PXL and XPS as well as Postscript/PDF, adds new options adding flexibility to the color management workflow, and adds a BigTIFF output option.
Release Notes: PDF/A-2 support was added to the pdfwrite output device. Suport was added to pdfwrite to be run in "server mode" and for the "%d" format in the OutputFile switch, for writing individual files. The output created by ps2write was modified to support the deficiencies in a range of recent PostScript devices. Support for large numbers of separations was improved for the tiffsep* devices, resolving "unencodable pixels" errors. The devices tiffsep, psdcmyk, and psdrgb gained "downscaler" support. Many other bugfixes, compatibility changes, and incremental improvements were made.
Release Notes: The PDF interpreter now can make use of the DroidSansFallback TrueType font to automatically substitute for missing CIDFonts. Support for "unmanaged color transformations" (with the command line option "-dUseFastColor") for source DeviceXXX colors was added. A simple ink-coverage device is now included. The TIFF, JPEG, and PNG output devices now support embedding of the device ICC profile. Optimized OpenJPEG sources (for JPEG2000 decoding) are now included in the distribution. jbig2dec gained simple halftone region support. The ps2write device gained output quality and stability improvements.
Release Notes: Flexibility for controlling color based upon the graphic object type was introduced. New tiffscaled8, tiffscaled24, and pngmonod devices were added. Downscaling is now supported for png16m and pnggray. The PDF interpreter now tries continue interpreting a PDF after encountering an error in a stream. x11alpha was re-enabled as the default device on Unix systems, now that compatibility problems between anti-aliased output and transparency are resolved. A new experimental text output/extraction device was introduced. The XFonts functionality was removed. Source revision control was moved to Git.
Release Notes: A new halftone technique for sampled image data was introduced for monochrome devices, avoiding performance problems with the existing implementation. Further performance, memory use, and stability improvements were made for recently introduced features. Unix/Linux build fixes and various other bug fixes were made.