[pdftex] GPL Ghostscript 8.56 release

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Thu Mar 22 17:00:52 CET 2007

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From: Ralph Giles <giles at ghostscript.com>
Date: 21.03.2007 01:58
Subject: [gs-devel] GPL Ghostscript 8.56 release
To: gs-devel at ghostscript.com

Artifex Software, Inc. and artofcode LLC are pleased to announce the
release of GPL Ghostscript 8.56. This is the latest in the 8.5x stable

This new release has seen a great deal of work to improve conformance
with the Quality Logic PS CET suite. Where close imitation of the
reference implementation is required, we now provide a 'gs_cet.ps'
helper file which can be prefixed to a job to set certain optional

Also new in this release:

Better support for 64 bit platforms.

The .ps library files and Resources tree are now compiled into
Ghostscript by default. This means -Ilib is no longer needed
when running gs uninstalled. Run './configure --disable-compile-inits'
or set COMPILE_INITS=0 in the makefile to recover the old behaviour. The
library files are still installed for reference.

New '-o <outputfile>' convenience option for writing output to a file.
This is equivalent to '-dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sOutputFile=<outputfile>'.

Numerous bug fixes and rendering improvements.

See the file doc/Changes.htm in the distribution for a complete list of

The release is available from the usual locations:


MD5 checksums:

 498015a278308d147bea563be2c5165e  ghostscript-8.56.tar.bz2
 dcf20574f85b3c302e8982dcf427eb7c  ghostscript-8.56.tar.gz
 6865682b095f8c4500c54b285ff05ef6  ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
 19ad73b2b3f1c06ceddce29688de190d  gs856os2.zip
 800b7c3ceba7a07fe14478c44d9f48ec  gs856w32.exe
 237c58c1f2fa66fff08ef3331680d1c9  gs856w64.exe

Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this release possible!


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