[Gs-devel] ghostscript-7.0, and PDF files under MacOSX (Aqua)
bernd.heller at stud.uni-erlangen.de
Wed Apr 25 14:22:34 PDT 2001
On Wednesday, April 25, 2001, at 11:04 PM, Tom Kacvinsky wrote:
> Hi Nelson,
> I have tried out Nernd Heller's MacGsView for OS X. There were some
> display problems, but those come from the base gs 7.0 code, not the
> port to OS X. The only problem I have seen so for is that text alpha
> has to be 1 in order for the fonts to display properly. Bernd is aware
> of the issue.
Your users have two options:
1. they can use the OS X preview version of MacGSView to display their
PostScript or PDF files
2. they can use Acrobat Reader 5.0 to display their PDF files
I would not recommend Apple's Preview application for anything else than
previewing print jobs. It has several bugs and problems and is not very
nice to use for document reading.
> Now, as for Apple's built in PDF viewer: it only supports a subset of
> the PDF spec, if I am not mistaken. The Quartz engine in OS X (which
> is a PDF version of QuickDraw/Display PostScript) is not robust at this
> time, that is for sure.
I think Tom is right that only a subset of the PDF spec is implemented
in Aqua. However, I cannot agree that it is not robust, I have not seen
any problems with the Quartz engine yet (which does not mean that there
aren't any, of course).
By the way: for future Mac related questions, the list mac-
gs at ghostscript.com is a more appropriate place
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