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Ghostscript is a suite of software based on an interpreter of the Adobe PostScript and Portable Document Format (PDF) page description languages. It is highly configurable and can be used as a:
Raster image processor (RIP) for raster printers, for instance, as an input filter of line printer daemon (lpd).
RIP engine behind PostScript and PDF viewers.
File format converter, such as PostScript to PDF converter; this is often combined with a PostScript printer driver in “virtual printer” PDF creators.
General purpose programming environment.
Ghostscript has been ported to many operating systems, including most Unix and Unix-like systems (including GNU/Linux), Mac OS X, OpenVMS, Windows, OS/2, and Mac OS classic.
Several graphical user interfaces (GUIs) have been written for use with Ghostscript which permit a user to view a PostScript or PDF file on screen, scroll, page forward and backward, and zoom the text as well as print single or multiple pages.
Ghostview runs under Unix/X11. Ghostview has a very interesting and unusual user interface: clicking and dragging the mouse on the image moves the image in the opposite direction to the mouse (that is, the mouse moves the viewport over the image, rather than move the image underneath the viewport). The effect is similar to having invisible scroll bars all over the image and is approximately the opposite of the well-known Google Maps interface.
gv runs under Unix/X11. gv is a visually improved version of Ghostview. Its behaviour is similar to Ghostview. It is the most popular viewer on Unix-like operating systems.
mgv runs under Unix/X11. It is an OSF/Motif based front-end to Ghostscript. It features a more conventional user interface, with regular menus, a toolbar, and scrollbars.
GSView runs under Windows, OS/2, and UNIX-like operating systems. It is best known for its Windows and OS/2 versions. On UNIX it uses the GTK+ toolkit.
Ghostscript was originally written by L. Peter Deutsch for the GNU project, and released under the GNU General Public License; later, Deutsch formed Aladdin Enterprises to license Ghostscript under a proprietary licence. It is currently owned by artofcode LLC, led by Raph Levien, and maintained by the user community and Artifex Software, the exclusive licensing agent for Ghostscript technology.