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This is the seventh full release in the stable 9.x series.
Highlights in this release include:
As of this release (9.07), Ghostscript and GhostPDL are distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL).
Ghostscript now has the option to be built as thread safe. Note that not all devices are thread safe. See the GS_THREADSAFE option in: GS_THREADSAFE
The pdfwrite devices now supports linearized (or optimized for fast web view) output directly ("-dFastWebView")
The Font API (FAPI) has been moved from the Postscript interpreter (psi) into the graphics library (base), and extended to support the other languages (PCL/PXL/XPS). All interpreters now use Freetype by default to render all viable font types.
Ghostscript has been extended to support Postscript string and array objects with >64k entries.
Ghostscript has been extended to support file sizes >4Gb - in particular reading and writing PDF files. As a side effect of this, Ghostscript also now supports 64 bit Postscript integer objects.
All CMYK devices can now support simulated overprint of spot colors using the "-dSimulateOverprint" command line option.
Support for use of DeviceN ICC color profiles as the output profile with the tiffsep and psdcmyk devices.
Support for customized named color handling with DeviceN colors
Support for black point compensation
Support for K preservation in CMYK to CMYK conversions
Support for DeviceLink profiles for graphic, image and text objects
Support for custom color replacement
Increased control in specifying color conversions as a function of object type
Full details of the color management features can be found in: GS9_Color_Management.pdf
Provide BigTIFF output option: the tiff devices can write BigTIFF files using the "-dUseBigTIFF" option. This requires libtiff version >=4.0.0 (the option is ignored for versions <4.0.0)
LittleCMS updated to 2.4
Plus the usual round of bug fixes, compatibility changes, and incremental improvements.
For a list of open issues, or to report problems, please visit bugs.ghostscript.com.
No recorded incompatible changes.
See the history file for complete log of changes.
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Ghostscript version 9.07, 12 February 2013