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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.

Printing files

To print a file you will need to:

  1. Uncompress the article file
  2. 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.

Macintosh Setup

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 download a 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.

Windows Setup

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:

  print filename

where filename is the name of the uncompressed PostScript file.

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.

UNIX Setup

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 command.

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 viruses.

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