Artifex Releases Ghostscript® 9.22

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Artifex releases Ghostscript® 9.22. the First PDF interpreter to Support the New PDF 2.0 Standard

"Ghostscript is the first PDF interpreter to announce support for this important new standard. We look forward to this benefiting our many customers as they adapt to the PDF 2.0 specification." -Miles Jones, President Artifex Software

Artifex Software today announced the release of the latest version of its flagship product, Ghostscript 9.22. This new version of Ghostscript supports the recently released PDF 2.0 (ISO 32000-2) specification. PDF 2.0 is the next generation of the standard Portable Document Format, and this new specification marks the first major update in the post-Adobe world of PDF.

“Artifex prides itself on being a leader in our field and providing the most up-to-date product possible for our customers,” said Miles Jones, President of Artifex Software. “In keeping with our leadership, we are happy to say that Ghostscript is the first PDF interpreter to announce support for this important new standard. We look forward to this benefiting our many customers as they adapt to the PDF 2.0 specification.”

It has been nine years since the previous update, PDF 1.7, became ISO 32000-1 in May 2008. While there are a lot of changes, they primarily affect developers, giving them clearer, cleaner direction for developing software in the PDF ecosystem. Every section of the specification has been completely rewritten with a focus on gaining an accurate and unambiguous description of all, mostly existing, features. Artifex has provided articles on the new specification and the key implications for developers in two blog posts, The Coming of PDF 2.0, Part 1 and Part 2.

With the release of version 9.22, Ghostscript becomes the first and only PDF interpreter that supports the reading and rendering documents in the new PDF 2.0 specifications. Updates to the Ghostscript code base include UTF-8 improvements, Page-level Output Intents, Black point compensation, and Halftone origin.

Ghostscript is a Page Description Language (PDL) Interpreter and industry leader in PDF, PostScript, PCL, and XPS rendering and conversion. First released in 1991 as a freely available open source alternative to Adobe’s PostScript products, Ghostscript has grown to be widely recognized as a premier independent implementation of all the leading PDLs, offering the most comprehensive set of PDL interpreters for rendering or conversion available on the market today. A highly customizable solution that runs on all major operating systems, Ghostscript has been deployed on a full range of host-based and cloud solutions. Small and highly versatile, over 2,000 customer years of operational testing and delivery has refined Ghostscript into one of the most widely used and trusted software solutions available.

Artifex Software is the exclusive commercial licensing agent for Ghostscript software. Click on these links to learn more about Ghostscript and licensing opportunities.

For more information contact:
Ted Simon, Vice President of Marketing
ted.simon(at)artifex(dot)com
415.492.9861

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About Artifex Software

Artifex Software is a trusted partner and provider of core technologies for document handling and management. For over 20 years we have provided premiere software products to top level global customers. The list of global customers/partners who depend on Artifex technology comprises a who’s who in technology products and services, including HP, EMC, Kyocera, Ricoh, Adobe, IBM, Intel, Xerox, Google, Ernst & Young, Dropbox, BlackBerry, Siemens, LG Electronics and many more. Our major product offerings include SmartOffice (mobile document productivity suite for viewing, editing, creating and printing MS Office documents and related files), Ghostscript (PDL Interpreter that is an industry leader in PDF, PostScript, PCL, and XPS rendering and conversion) and MuPDF (lightweight PDF and XPS interpreter that offers all the interactive features for PDF). Artifex is headquartered in Novato, CA, with offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit our website at http://www.artifex.com.

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