/* This file is part of the hacked version of the ghostview package */ /* which is distributed under the terms of the gnu license. The */ /* modification referred to above is by Tanmoy Bhattacharya, */ /* <email@example.com> on Nov 17, 1994. Neither the modification, */ /* nor the original program provides any warranty. */ /* Last Modification: Dec 1 1994, 10:47 */ Ghostview -- An X11 user interface for ghostscript. Ghostview is full function user interface for ghostscript 2.4 and later. This distribution is modified to support the pdfmark operator. Brief list of features: - Ghostview parses any known version of Adobe's Document Structuring Conventions. - Page size is automatically determined from the Document Structuring Comments. The user is able to override the values from the comments. - Window size is set to the bounding box for Encapsulated PostScript figures. - Default page size is Letter and can be changed via Xresources or application defaults file to A4 (or any other valid size) for our European friends. - Scrollbars appear when necessary. - Page orientation is automatically determined from the Document Structuring Comments. The user is able to override the values from the comments. - Ability to view at 4 orientations: Portrait, Landscape, Upside-down, and Seascape (for those who rotate landscape the other direction). - Ability to restrict rendering to grayscale or monochrome. (Requires ghostscript 2.6.1.) - Ability to mark pages for printing, or saving. (Good for people that printed a 100 page document and lost page 59 due to a printer jam.) - Can popup zoom windows at printer resolution (1 display dot = 1 printer dot). - Handles pdfmark operator. (alpha release) The Ghostview distribution includes a Ghostview Widget that people are encouraged to use in other programs. Original (without pdfmark support) Ghostview-1.5 is available via anonymous ftp from: prep.ai.mit.edu:/pub/gnu/ghostview-1.5.tar.gz ftp.cs.wisc.edu:/pub/X/ghostview-1.5.tar.gz Modified ghostview-1.5 (this release) available from http://nqcd.lanl.gov/people/tanmoy/hypertex/ghostview-1.5-hacked.tar.gz This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details. Building ghostview: Set the ghostscript inputs directory in Imakefile. If you have xmkmf, type "xmkmf", and then "make". If not, manually edit the Makefile. The following is unchanged from what came with the original Ghostview. Please notice that the pdfmark project has been spliced in by firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not bother Tim Theisen about problems relating to that. --------------- original --------------- Feedback I welcome any feedback that you care to give. Of course, I am interested in your success stories. I will also try to help you if you have problems. However, I cannot make any promise of support. Please send all feedback to email@example.com.<SEE MODS> This is a spare time project and all the mail regarding ghostview must be directed to a separate mail box otherwise your mail may very well get lost in the cracks. Frequently asked questions: 1. Why does half the functionality of ghostview seem to be missing? I cannot skip around in the document. I cannot select pages to print. There are no page numbers in the table of contents. The problem is that the document does not have the document structuring comments. Without them, ghostview cannot tell where pages start and end. Also, when reading from stdin there is no capability to skip around. 2. Whenever I ask ghostview to display a page, a separate ghostscript window pops up and disappears when ghostscript is done rendering the page. How to I get ghostscript to write on the ghostview window? You must be running ghostscript 2.4 or later for ghostview to work properly. You can pick up the current copy of ghostscript from the same place you got ghostview. 3. When I start ghostview, the information window pops up with: "Warning: Could not allocate backing pixmap in main window." What does this mean? Ghostscript draws into a backing pixmap and copies from the pixmap to the window. Some X servers have limited resources for pixmaps. Creating the backing pixmap failed. Ghostview will then request backing store on the window. If the backing store request is not honored, obscured portions of the window will be lost. You might also request a smaller window by setting a smaller magstep or setting a smaller resolution. 4. When I start ghostview, sometimes I get this error: "Error: SmeBSB Object: Left Bitmap of entry "0" is not one bit deep.." Other times it works. What is going wrong? The only time this problem occurs is when an OpenWindows X server is the display. It is likely a server problem. I have placed a work around in ghostview that turns off all use of bitmaps. The -openwindows option enables this work around. However, with it enabled the current magstep, orientation, and media cannot be marked in the popup menus. 5. Sometimes ghostview produces an endless stream of this message: "Warning: Select failed; error code 9". Users have reported that this occurs on machines with a SYSV and BSD library. The problem went away when they linked with the BSD library rather than the default SYSV library. This also occurs on some SPARCS running SunOS. This does not happen for me and must be due to some differences in libraries or environment. I have placed a SPARC executable (compiled on SunOS 4.1 with X11R5pl10 libraries statically linked in) on ftp.cs.wisc.edu for people in this situation. 6. When using ncdwm, sometimes the window shrinks to an extremely small size. Either use the -ncdwm option to work around the problem, or apply fix-10 to X11R5. 7. Ghostview pops up the information window with the message "Exec of gs failed". It never displays anything in the main viewport. What went wrong? Either ghostscript is not installed or it cannot be found in your PATH. Please pick up the latest copy of ghostcript from the same place you got ghostview and install it. Acknowledgements I really should put down the names of all the people who have given me suggestions and encouragement. (But I don't want to hold up the release any longer. :-) I do want to thank a few people. - Karl Berry, for getting me into this mess :-) by soliciting for volunteers. - L. Peter Deutsch, for making ghostscript the good interpreter that it is and for working with me to include modifications in support of ghostview. - Erik M. van der Poel, for writing a good publicly available file selection widget that I was able incorporate into ghostview. - Terry Poot, for porting ghostview to VMS. NOTE: PLEASE send all ghostview related mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.<SEE MODS> ...Tim Tim Theisen Associate Researcher Internet: email@example.com Department of Computer Sciences UUCP: uwvax!ghostview University of Wisconsin-Madison Phone: (608)262-0438 1210 West Dayton Street FAX: (608)262-9777 Madison, WI 53706-1685 ----------- Send mail about pdfmark support to firstname.lastname@example.org.