PostScript

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PostScript is a stack based page description language (PDL) developed by Adobe in the mid 80's. It was based on a language called "Interpress" that was originally developed at Xerox. Inspired by GEM3 the Adobe company developed a version of PostScript that could be used to both describe printed pages and to control computer displays, called simply Display PostScript. It was used in NeXTStep and UNIX desktop environments.

Tools

Interpreters
  • Ghostscript
Document viewers
  • Magus PageTurner
Text editors with PostScript support
  • jEdit - Java based editor - PostScript syntax highlighting built in

Publications

  • Adobe Systems Inc.: PostScript Language Tutorial and Cookbook - Addison Wesley 1985, ISBN 0-201-10179-3
  • Ross Smith: Learning PostScript: A Visual Approach - Peachpit Press 1990, ISBN 0-938151-12-6
  • Glenn C. Reid: Thinking in PostScript - Addison Wesley 1990 - ISBN 0-201-52372-8
  • Adobe Systems Inc.: PostScript Language Reference Manual (2nd Edition) - Addison Wesley 1990, ISBN 0-201-18127-4
  • Adobe Systems Inc.: PostScript Language Reference Manual (3rd Edition) - Addison Wesley 1999, ISBN 0-201-37922-8 [1]

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