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Product details

  • Paperback: 897 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley (8 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201379228
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201379228
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 4.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,726,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

Book Highlights:

  • 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.



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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.



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By A Customer on 10 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
Be carefull. This book describes LanguageLevel 2. There is a new version out that describes LanguageLevel 3.(1999 version)
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I got this book years ago when I needed to do some tricky postscript reports: this book definately saved the day, I don't think I would have achieved the required result just working from the examples I could find around about.
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.
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This text has a permanent place on my reference shelf. The lucid explaination of how the PostScript language works given in the introductory chapters is unsurpassed. The command by command detailed explainations are essential to any development worker for efficient use of the rich resources of the language.
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Although it does cover concepts more than some manuals, which are basically dictionaries, the brevity in some cases lets it down.
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.
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By A Customer on 31 Dec. 1996
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