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Software News   Software News : FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AROS
   posted by MichaelMerkel on 27-Jan-2005 21:28:11 (2977 reads)
This is a major release of AFPL Ghostscript, and for maximum compatibility the binary is a 68020 no-fpu build as FPU builds can cause problems on emulators.

This should run on all systems that are 68k AmigaOS compatible.


This version of Ghostscript contains a lot of new rendering code not present in any earlier versions of Ghostscript.

The rendering is also very fast, and includes new optimisations for rendering fonts at very low resolutions. So the rendering is better and faster than in any earlier Ghostscripts.

The 68k build contains the Turboprint driver which I debugged for AFPL Ghostscript 8.00.

The x86-AROS port is for i386 upwards.

For people who dont know what Ghostscript is:

Ghostscript (both AFPL and GNU) is a cross platform program for viewing + printing + converting Postscript and PDF files. And it achieves a high amount of compatibility with current PS + PDF documents on the internet.

This port contains my own truecolour and HAM8 viewers. It also contains the viewers I wrote for grayscale, black and white as well as 8-bit colour and will run on both AGA and graphics card systems.

You can use it also to convert PS to PDF as well as PS and PDF to jpeg, png, and various other formats.


Michael Merkel has verified that the program runs completely correctly on the AmigaOne and has printed via Turboprint on the A1.

Download the program from:
http://www.whoosh777.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
Posted on 27-Jan-2005 21:55:26
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congratulations!
whoosh has done a tremendous job here!

an os4 version would be nice

byebye...

Last edited by MichaelMerkel on 27-Jan-2005 at 09:57 PM.


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
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jesus! it looks like a bear to install.


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So is this usable with AmiGS and AmiPDF, or at least the Turboprint device?


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******* sorry double post *******

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yes i have to agree, the installation needs to be simplfied & also a OS4 port but an excellent job.


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I didn't hear this before
Thank you


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Finally GS8 is being ported... but... another pain for DTP users.
Without Installer and GUI - there is no point to release such a great software :(
Good old GS5 comes with installer...


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@ All

Hum, didn't you notice that OS4 has a native version since the beginning?


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
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Quote:
jesus! it looks like a bear to install.


?? just 4 archives. decompress it into ONE directory and do the needed assigns written on the homepage to it.

assign GS850: targetpath:targetdir
assign GS850Data: GS850:Lib
assign GS850Fonts: GS850:Fonts
assign GS850Resource: GS850:Resource
assign Ghostscript: GS850:bin
path GS850:bin add

that's all...

then try:
gs GS850:examples/tiger.eps

to view the well known tiger.

byebye...


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
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So is this usable with AmiGS and AmiPDF, or at least the Turboprint device?


no, yes, yes.

AmiGS need a special output device inside ghostscript.
AmiPDF should use the standard ghostscript stuff.
the tubroprint device of gs850 works fine here.

maybe you should contct the author of the os4 port to consider porting 8.50 including a working turboprint device?

byebye...


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
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Hum, didn't you notice that OS4 has a native version since the beginning?


but only v8.01 which is quite old now. and the turboprint device does not work. besides these two "problems" it works very well.

gs8.50 is much more advanced and has better rendering routines.

byebye...


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
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great..great....works just fine...but where is GUI...I need GUI ...and maybe WarpOs version...:)


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Re: FPL Ghostscript 8.50 released for 68k AmigaOS and x86-AR
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great..great....works just fine...but where is GUI...I need GUI

you can try my "gs8gui" from aminet, maybe not perfect but it works.

Quote:
...and maybe WarpOs version...:)

definitely not afaik.

byebye...


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As there is a PPC morphos version, whats the chance of an OS4 native version??

i know the 68k will work ok, but I just wondered!!


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As there is a PPC morphos version, whats the chance of an OS4 native version??

there is no mos version yet. only an 68k and aros port has been done.

byebye...


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It would be an even easier install if you just extracted the files to one directory and didn't have to set anything else up but the optional PATH addition? :)

Why does there need to be a full assign to every pitiful directory?

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