Help: PostScript Files (.ps.gz)
PostScript is available for articles published from 1996-2002*.
PostScript is a text-based description language developed by Adobe which can be understood and
translated by PostScript-compatible printers to produce high quality output.
Because the size of PostScript files is often large, the files provided in the
Electronic Journals service are compressed using the gzip compression
method. Gzip is widely available for a number of platforms. If you currently
do not have gzip installed you will need to download a copy before you can use
the PostScript files. Instructions for downloading and using
gzip software are available.
*PostScript is available for Journal of High Energy Physics (JHEP) articles from 1997 onwards.
To print a file you will need to:
- Uncompress the article file
- Send the file to a PostScript printer
You cannot print PostScript files to a non-PostScript printer.
If you do not have access to a PostScript printer, we recommend that
you consider using Acrobat.
System specific instructions
Because of the wide variety of platforms in use, IOP
Publishing cannot offer detailed technical support on printing to a PostScript
printer. For comprehensive support, you should refer to the documentation
relevant to your system.
General recommendations are available for Macintosh,
Windows and UNIX systems.
In order to print to a PostScript printer, you will require a utility that can
send the PostScript file to the printer.
We recommend Drop-PS from Bare Bones Software. You can
copy of Drop-PS-113 from this site.
To print, simply drag and drop the uncompressed PostScript file onto the
application icon (or an alias of the application). The first time you do this,
you will be asked to choose a printer. Thereafter, items that you drop onto
the application will be automatically downloaded to that printer. Full
instructions are included with the application.
In order to print to a PostScript printer, you need to have your computer in
MS-DOS mode. To do this, double-click the "MS-DOS Prompt" icon in
the "Main" group of the Program Manager.
You then need to type the following commands at the MS-DOS prompt:
where filename is the name of the uncompressed PostScript
You will be asked which port your printer is connected to (either PRN, LPT1
or LPT2). Select the correct port and the file will be sent to the printer.
To leave MS-DOS mode, type exit.
In order to print to a PostScript printer, type at the UNIX prompt either:
lp -dprintername filename
lpr -Pprintername filename
where printername is the name or code of the printer and
filename is the name of the uncompressed PostScript file.
Please consult your UNIX administrator or system documentation for the correct
Please note: IOP Publishing takes no responsibility
for any damage caused to your machine as a result of downloading and using a
file or program from this server. All files and programs have been checked for
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