Postscript Language Reference Paperback – 8 Mar 1999
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From the Back Cover
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
If you still need to write to Level 2 (maybe to support older printers) then this is the definative reference book: all commands are covered in detail and is very clear.
Writing procedures is covered in 2 tiny examples though the serious programmer will want to use them constantly. There are only 1 line definitions of stack operators which are commonly employed. For instance,in what context would you want to exchange the 2 top elements of a stack with "Exch"? We arent told.
This book might be useful for an advanced Postscript graphics user but for the beginner it doesn't really cut it.