PostScript is both an input and an output format for Visual Integrity software. Before PostScript, there were dot-matrix printers and green screens. Developed in 1982 by John Warnock and Charles Geschke at Adobe, it is still at the heart of virtually all of today’s printed pages and publishing applications. PostScript is a computer language that describes how text and graphics are combined on a page. This page description language enabled the leap from dot matrix and impact printing to laser and ink-jet printing as well as the significant improvements in screen displays. Most applications, especially scientific and engineering programs, can easily output data and reports in the PostScript language.
These files can be converted into other formats using software from Visual Integrity.
For developers, explore our PDF SDK Framework which converts PostScript and PDF into industry-standard vector and raster formats
Where does PostScript Come From?
PostScript can be found in all corners of an organization and it can be produced from virtually all applications in UNIX, Linux, Macintosh and Microsoft Windows.
- Technical and scientific applications often write output directly to PostScript.
- Most applications can save files directly as PostScript (.ps/.prn) or EPS (.eps)
- On Windows, you can generate PostScript files from any application by printing ‘to file’ using a PostScript printer driver (there’s no need to actually have the printer – you just need the driver).