GhostScript : Java Glossary
A free software PostScript rendering engine that lets you run PostScript programs and
see the results on your screen or on a non-PostScript printer. It can also generate
PDF (Portable Document Format) files. There are two variants: Aladdin (most recent)
and GNU (Gnu’ Not Unix!) (older but redistributable). There are front end
GUIs (Graphic User Interfaces)
too: GV (UNIX) and GSView (Windows).
The program is slightly more difficult to install than most, mainly because of
vague documentation and the lack of an installer. Here are some hints for installing
under Windows 9x or NT:
- There are four separate pieces you need to download:
Aladdin GhostScript (ghostscript-5.50pc.tar.gz)
GhostScript fonts part1 and part2 (gs550fn1.zip
- You don’t need to download the fonts from the http://www.urwpp.de/ German
language website mentioned. They are included.
- The instruction are vague about where to put the various files and fonts.
Aladdin itself belongs in gs\gs5.50. GSView belongs in
gs\gsview. Keep your wits about you when unzipping since
the files include only partial embedded folder names. I think they intended the
fonts to go in gs\gs5.50\fonts. I put mine in
gs\fonts. Ghostview could not find them until I configured
the Ghostview path (a more general use of the term than is customary),
using GSView Ghostview configure, to include gs\fonts.
- You don’t have to fiddle with the fontmap file. It is
all set up and ready to go.
- If you have a PostScript printer, don’t try to find it in that list of
pig Latin device names. Just tick off the PostScript printer box.
- I don’t like dots in directory names e.g. gs5.50. There are too many programs that trip over them. You can
rename, so long as you change the GSView configure to note the new name.