ghostview Release Notes

Note: Some of the links in this file point to online documents which require additional installation.

Table of Contents

  • What is Ghostview ?
  • Support Policy
  • Installation Information
  • Silicon Graphics Legal Notice
  • Author/Builder's Notice(s)

  • What is Ghostview ?

    Ghostview -- An X11 user interface for ghostscript.

    Ghostview is full function user interface for ghostscript 2.4 and later.

    Brief list of features:
      - Ghostview parses any known version of Adobe's Document Structuring
      - Page size is automatically determined from the Document Structuring
        Comments.  The user is able to override the values from the comments.
      - Window size is set to the bounding box for Encapsulated PostScript figures.
      - Default page size is Letter and can be changed via Xresources or
        application defaults file to A4 (or any other valid size) for our
        European friends.
      - Scrollbars appear when necessary.
      - Page orientation is automatically determined from the Document Structuring
        Comments.  The user is able to override the values from the comments.
      - Ability to view at 4 orientations: Portrait, Landscape, Upside-down,
        and Seascape (for those who rotate landscape the other direction).
      - Ability to restrict rendering to grayscale or monochrome.   (Requires
        ghostscript 2.6.1.)
      - Ability to mark pages for printing, or saving.  (Good for people that
        printed a 100 page document and lost page 59 due to a printer jam.)
      - Can popup zoom windows at printer resolution
        (1 display dot = 1 printer dot).

    Author/Builder Notice(s):

        The Ghostview distribution includes a Ghostview Widget that people
        are encouraged to use in other programs.
        Ghostview-1.5 is available via anonymous ftp from:
        This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify
        it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
        the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or
        (at your option) any later version.
        This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
        but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
        GNU General Public License for more details.

    Additinal Documents from the distribution


    ghostview was packaged for SGI by Chavo Nedev.
    The latest version of ghostview for SGI can be found at

    Installation Information

    xv Subsystems

    Execution only environment. The ghostview interpreter (ghostview).*
    Man pages, documentation, and release notes.
    The full original source distribution.

    Installation Method

    All of the subsystems for this product can be installed using IRIX. You do not need to use the miniroot. Refer to the Software Installation Administrator's Guide for complete installation instructions.


    This software is compatible with IRIX v6.2, v6.3, v6.4, v6.5