MW Software - GView
GView is a front-end for Ghostscript, a PostScriptTM interpreter that can turn PostScript and PDF files into raster image files. PostScript and PDF are industry-standard page description languages defined by AdobeTM. GView displays PostScript andPDF documents in RISC OS windows. It supports multi-page documents, allows you to go backward and forward in the document, jump to specific pages directly, save Sprite files for pages, convert complete documents to multiple Sprite files and gives you a range of output options.
Version 1.50 finally allows you to view PDF files. This is particularly useful for PDF files that cannot be displayed by other RISC OS PDF viewers, such as files with embedded TrueType subset fonts, which display random characters only in other viewers, or for files using advanced features not supported by the other viewers, e.g., graduated fills.
Starting with version 1.31, GView fully multi-tasks while processing pages and notices when the PostScript/PDF file has changed on disc. Error-handling has been improved.
Starting with version 1.20, the Ghostscript Sprite device is used to speed up processing. Furthermore, there is an option to generate greyscale images and you can specify the resolution at which you want the pages to be rendered. This allows you to reduce resolution to speed up the rendering and processing of the resulting bitmap or to increase resolution for more detailed rendering.
Currently, GView is very slow and its options are very basic. There are many things on my list for future developments:
Please read the following section about donations when downloading GView.
GView needs a working installation of the RISC OS port of Ghostscript. It has been tested with many versions starting from 5.10 but the very latest version (8.54) is recommended, in particular for viewing PDF files with advanced features like colour graduations and transparency. There is no point in trying GView before you are sure that Ghostscript works.
Download the latest version of Ghostscript for RISC OS.
For old machines with little memory the original port of Ghostscript 7.03 by Graham Jones is still available.
If you find this utility useful you are invited to support the past and future development of GView by donating some money. Either send me a cheque (address) or use one of the following buttons to donate via PayPal:
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|Last modified: 20-Nov-09|