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MacGhostView is an application for previewing Postscript and encapsulated Postscript files and converting them to other formats. It implements the command line tools gv (ghostview) and gs (ghostscript). Multiple files can be previewed at the same time, each one displayed in its own gv window. Unlike Apple's Preview program, MacGhostView does not convert Postscript files to PDF format and then display the PDF file.

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Version 5.0.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • X11 application installed

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fizik Member IconReview+11
fizik
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The included macps2pdf is extremely useful: converts ps->eps, fixes eps, does other conversions (handy for TeX, etc). The author gave me an unlock code, after I paid my shareware fee, in 2003 and it still works, two full versions later! PS Viewing is immediate, unlike Preview and Xwin, and zooms in on parts of the figure with a click of the mouse. For my work, the package has been indispensable.

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Version 4.4
Gshenaut Member IconComment+1
Gshenaut
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I don't see the advantage of this over the "gv" ports in Darwinports and Fink, which work great and are free.

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Version 3.2
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Anonymous
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To some, like me, it may be an advantage that MGV is OSX native :)

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JimW
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If you don't need the Postscript stuff, you might want to take a look at PDFpen before buying this. It is done by the same people who did PageSender, that brilliant piece of Fax software that finally brought a supported working Fax product to Mac OS X - until Panther came out and stole some of its thunder. For a few dollars more ($30), it not only does what this, Preview and Acrobat does, but allows you to insert text into PDF files, such as to fill out forms. That IS something none of the rest do.

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Version 2.9.5
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Anonymous
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Acrobat does allow you to fill out forms, just not save them

Jan_rybar
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PDFpen is extremly expensive + you must pay upgrade and can't see any new feature in a new version. :(

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Anonymous
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It is quite similar to the ghostview program found on Unix BUT IT IS NOT FREE. Anyway why use this paying and slow application when Apple Preview works faster and Acrobat Reader is free? POINTLESS

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Version 2.9.4
Wormwood
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MacGhostView also views PostScript documents, not just PDFs. Especially under shops still using OS 9 workflows, it allows end users to more easily get an accurate preview without bothering with Distiller. Even under OS X, Quartz only renders PDFs; being able to hand edit or read a PostScript can be handy in some business sectors.

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Anonymous
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Acrobat isn't free and adobe reader can't view postscript

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Steven-Penton
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I would buy this product, if it could open multiple .ps files at once (like MacGSview)

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Version 2.8.1
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Anonymous
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Wouhou! This version solves the nasty bug that transforms quotation marks into two commas when you use Times New Roman font in your postscript file.

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Version 2.8.1
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Joe Prusa
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I just tried out MacGhostView 2.7 for OS X. Sorry to say it is very slow - not really useful for large ps graphic outputs from scientific computations (with scores of frames). Would be OK for an occasional look at small ps files I suppose. Really needs an order of magnitude boost in speed. GUI for controls would also be nice - like the real UNIX ghostview.

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Version 2.7
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Anonymous
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Slow, antique non-standard interface but it does the job.

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Version 2.6
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Anonymous
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i don't know!

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Version 2.4.3
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Charles3
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I don't understand the anonymous attacks either, and I also don't understand why you wouldn't want it for OS-X. This code works great.

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Version 2.3.2
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Downloads 28,580
Version Downloads 2,341
License Shareware
Date 22 Aug 2013
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $15.00
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