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April 2009 Ghostscript: Files

You have selected GPL Ghostscript Please choose the file that best matches your architecture or operating system from the list of releases and files contained in this package.

Frequently Asked Questions - Installation |

When launching, Scribus says it will launch when the x11 application has finished launching. (x11 is installed and my GimpShop app is fine). If I click OK, it whirrs away and then says sh: line 1: /sw/bin/ No such file or directory. Help! Try installing the native Aqua Scribus. * Will Scribus run on Windows 98SE or Windows ME? The current version of Scribus will not run properly on either. The memory managment and graphics code really requires Windows 2000 or newer. * Ghostscript8.53 is installed on my computer but Scribus doesn't detect it. How can I fix it? See: Scribus 1.3 Preferences There are screen shots and instructions at the very bottom of the page for Linux, MacOSX and Windows. This is also included in the help docs installed with Scribus under Scribus 1.3 Setup * Is it necessary to uninstall an older version of scribus completely before installing a newer version ? It is generally not needed. If using the Windows installer - no. On MacOSX, you can drag the old version into the trash. On Linux, if compiled from source and installed into the same directory as the old version, no. You also don't need to remove the old version if you are upgrading Scribus using your distrubution's package manager. * How do I download and install Scribus from source?

What is GhostScript? |

What is GhostScript? Sun, 05/04/2008 - 05:35 — malex Ghostscript is a set of applications and libraries which are used for a wide variety of tasks in Scribus. The print preview and PDF/PS/EPS importing all depend on Ghostscript, hence we always recommend using the latest available.

.:Scribus:. GPL Desktop Publishing and More

Advanced Ghostscript and GSview Hints One of the frustrations for users of RPM-based or commercially created distributions, is the lack of availability of the latest versions of Ghostscript(GS). Because of the differences in licensing between the GPL Ghostscript and AFPL Ghostscript, GPL Ghostscript releases usually follow by about a year, the release of the most up to date AFPL GS. Because, there are certain restrictions in AFPL, most Linux distributions ship an older and heavily patched version of GPL Ghostscript. As the current GS 8.x resource configuration (where it looks for fonts and fontmaps) is new, simply dropping in the latest GS tarball and rebuilding the RPM does not quite work. Lord knows I've tried on Red Hat and I consider myself to be pretty well versed in RPM building. If you have ever seen the Red Hat or Suse rpm spec file for GS, you will know what I mean. ;) So, why do I want to go to the trouble of worrying about having the absolute latest version of GS? Not so difficult. 1. There are real substantial improvements in the ability of GS 8.5 to handle EPS and PDF files which have the kinds of advanced features Scribus and other DTP applications can create. This can in some cases directly affect the quality of EPS and PS imports into Scribus. 2. You can build it with full on compiler optimization, which speeds up print and separation previews in Scribus. Many distributions only compile it with i386 instructions. This is probably more beneficial to older workstations compared to newer ones. Image processing programs are one area where compiler optimizations do make a difference. 3. Having the latest GS, makes GSview (and Scribus) more capable and more robust at handling both EPS files and a special kind of EPS called DCS 2.0. 4. Both Scribus and GSview have the ability in their preferences settings to use alternative locations for GS and GS libraries. So, how does one get the latest GS for Scribus and GSview - without breaking your existing distribution printing setup? The secret: a parallel build of GS. Disclaimer: This works for me. It could wreck your system, catch your hair on fire and other nastiness.

October 2008