Synopses & Reviews
The PostScript language is widely recognized as the industry standard for page description. Incorporated into a broad range of printers, imagesetters, and computer displays, PostScript describes exactly how text, sampled images, and graphics will appear on a printed page or on a computer screen.
The PostScript Language Reference, known as the Red Book, is the complete and authoritative reference manual for the PostScript language. Prepared by Adobe Systems Incorporated, the creators and stewards of the PostScript standard, it documents the syntax and semantics of the language, the Adobe imaging model, and the effects of the graphics operators. This Third Edition has been updated to include LanguageLevel 3 extensions, which unify a number of previous extensions and introduce many new features, such as high-fidelity color, support for masked images, and smooth shading capabilities.
- Explains fundamentals of the PostScript language, graphics, fonts, device control, and rendering
- Organizes all PostScript operators through LanguageLevel 3, both by function and alphabetically
- Describes operands, results, side effects, and possible errors for each operator
- Appendices include numerous useful tables and other valuable information
The Red Book is the definitive resource for all PostScript programmers.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 745-746) and index.
About the Author
Adobe Systems Incorporated
, founded in 1982, is a leading provider of graphic design, publishing, and imaging software for Web and print production, and the second-largest desktop software company in the world. The company builds award-winning software solutions for Web and graphic designers, professional publishers, document-intensive organizations, business users, and consumers.
Table of Contents
About This Manual.
Evolution of the PostScript Language.
LanguageLevel 3 Overview.
Copyrights and Trademarks.
2. Basic Ideas.
Raster Output Devices.
Page Description Languages.
Using the PostScript Language.
Data Types and Objects.
Overview of Basic Operators.
File Input and Output.
Early Name Binding.
Filtered Files Details.
Binary Encoding Details.
Coordinate Systems and Transformations.
Organization and Use of Fonts.
Glyph Metric Information.
Unique ID Generation.
Type 3 Fonts.
Additional Base Font Types.
Font Derivation and Modification.
6. Device Control.
Using Page Devices.
Page Device Parameters.
Output Device Dictionary.
CIE-Based Color to Device Color.
Conversions among Device Color Spaces.
Scan Conversion Details.
Appendix A. LanguageLevel Feature Summary.
LanguageLevel 3 Features.
LanguageLevel 2 Features.
Appendix B. Implementation Limits.
Virtual Memory Use.
Appendix C. Interpreter Parameters.
Properties of User and System Parameters.
Defined User and System Parameters.
Details of User and System Parameters.
Appendix D. Compatibility Strategies.
The LanguageLevel Approach.
When to Provide Compatibility.
Appendix E. Character Sets and Encoding Vectors.
Standard Latin Character Set.
StandardEncoding Encoding Vector.
ISOLatin1Encoding Encoding Vector.
CE Encoding Vector.
Expert Character Set.
Expert Encoding Vector.
ExpertSubset Encoding Vector.
Symbol Character Set 786.
Symbol Encoding Vector.
Appendix F. System Name Encodings.
Appendix G. Operator Usage Guidelines.