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<h2>Ghostscript &ndash; Black Box Magic</h2>
<h3>What is Ghostscript?</h3>

<p>For those not familiar, <a href="http://www.ghostscript.com/">Ghostscript (<code>gs</code>)</a>, strictly defined, is a so-called &ldquo;PostScript interpreter,&rdquo; and many programs use <code>gs</code> for PostScript conversions and import/export. Ghostscript has become one of the core building blocks of OSS software. It would be hard to imagine modern OSS distributions and software without it.</p>
<p>Likewise, Scribus uses Ghostscript, sometimes taking advantage of the most sophisticated features that are available only in the latest versions. Scribus uses <code>gs</code> for three purposes, the first one being the import of rasterized <a href="importhints1.html">EPS files</a> and certain <a href="psd.html">DCS files</a> into <a href="WwImages.html">image frames</a>. The second feature that requires <code>gs</code> is the <a href="print2.html">Print Preview</a>, and the third one is the Barcode Generator.</p>
<p>If <code>gs</code> is not installed on your system or Scribus can&rsquo;t find the <code>gs</code> executable, the features mentioned before won&rsquo;t work, and Scribus will display a warning each time it is being launched:</p><br>
<table width="100%"><tr><td align="center"><img src="images/missing-gs.png"/></td></tr></table><br>
<p>In case <code>gs</code> has been installed on your computer, but Scribus can&rsquo;t find it, you can add the path to the <code>gs</code> executable file in the Scribus <a href="settings1.html">Preferences</a>.</p>

<p>We always encourage you to have the latest Ghostscript available for your system.</p>
<h3>Installing Ghostscript</h3>
<h4>Linux/UNIX</h4>
<p>As mentioned above, Ghostscript is required by many applications, including the printing subsystem. Thus, it&rsquo;s unlikely that it isn&rsquo;t installed on your system. If, for any reason, <code>gs</code> isn&rsquo;t available on your system or your system is being shipped with a version that&rsquo;s too old (you should at least use Ghostscript 8.6 with Scribus), you can <a href="https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html">download</a> a tarball from the <code>gs</code> website. Be careful to download Ghostscript itself, not ghostpdl, whose source code is in the same directory. Then follow the build instructions in the tarball and install it.</p>
<h4>Windows</h4>
<p> See the <a href="readme-win32.html">general information</a> about Scribus on Windows for further details.</p>
<h4>Mac OS X</h4>
<p>There are different ways to install Ghostscript for Mac OS X, but unfortunately, none of them seems to be as easy as most Mac users are used to:</p>
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<li>You can download an <a href="http://pages.uoregon.edu/koch/">installer</a> for <code>gs</code> which works with various OS X versions.</li>
<li>You can install <code>gs</code> via <a href="http://pdb.finkproject.org/pdb/package.php/ghostscript">Fink</a>.</li>
<li>The most current releases of Ghostscript are always available via <a href="http://www.macports.org/ports.php?by=library&substr=ghostscript">MacPorts</a>.</li>
<li>Finally, you can, of course, download the latest <a href="https://www.ghostscript.com/releases/gsdnld.html">source code</a> and compile Ghostscript yourself.</li>
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<h4>OS/2 and eComStation</h4>
<p> See the <a href="readme-os2.html">general information</a> about Scribus on OS/2 and eComStation for further details.</p>
<h4>Haiku</h4>
<p>See the <a href="readme-haiku.html">general information</a> about Scribus for Haiku.</p>


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