PostScript : Java Glossary

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PostScript

A full-blown computer language used by typesetters, printers and screens to draw graphics and text in a resolution-independent way.

Font Support Under Java
Font Type Extension Java version 1.6Windows Java version 1.6Linux Java version 1.6Fedora Old Java Windows Notes
OpenType
(TrueType internally)
otf High-end fonts for Windows.
OpenType
(PostScript Adobe CCF (Composite Container Format) internally)
otf High end PostScript fonts. You can detect these by the file signature { 0x4F, 0x54, 0x54, 0x4F } — the string "OTTO", at the head of the file.
TrueType ttf Most common font for Windows.
PostScript pfm/pfb Older style PS fonts. Supported by PostScript printer hardware. Windows itself supports PS fonts, at least with Adobe Type Manager, but Java ignores them.
Bitmap fon Used primarily for small font sizes. Come only a small set of point sizes.
Vector outline fon These are obsolete. Used by Windows without Java.
8-bit fonts any Java needs 16-bit fonts. It won’t use 8-bit fonts directly. Old or specialty 8-bit fonts can be used by stitching them together with a Unicode mapping, a daunting task.
SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)fonts svg Vector fonts used in Linux. They tend to be free. Java does not out-the-box support them. Opera 10 beta supports them, and allows them to be downloaded with a web page so you can use fonts the viewer does not necessarily already have installed.

AWT (Advanced Windowing Toolkit) will only support the five basic logical fonts, unless you paint on a Canvas, however oddly under Fedora and AWT you can use up to 82 of your installed fonts. If you try to use more, you get an ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException. The above information may be incorrect or may become incorrect at any time. Feel free to try any fonts with Java on any platform. The worst that could happen is they won’t work.

Sun announced that Java programs would use the Bravo interface to generate PostScript programs that are then interpreted for printer, screen or typesetter. Then deafening silence and all reference to the project was expunged from the universe.

PostScript uses a different coordinate system from Java. Units are floating point 1/72 of an inch, close to a printer’s point of 1/72.27 inch.

postscript_coordinates

You need quite at least three textbooks to have much hope of understanding PostScript. I suggest starting with the official books from Adobe:
book cover recommend book⇒PostScript Language Tutorial and Cookbookto book home
by Adobe 978-0-201-10179-9 paperback
birth 1982 age: 32 B008GE2QQI kindle
publisher Addison-Wesley
published 2007-08-24
Also known as the Blue Book. If you buy only one book, get this one.
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book cover recommend book⇒PostScript Language Referenceto book home
by Adobe 978-0-201-37922-8 paperback
birth 1982 age: 32
publisher Addison-Wesley
published 1999-05
Also known as the Red Book, even though it is now mostly white. This is the language reference manual. It is available in downloadable PDF format.
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book cover recommend book⇒PostScript Language Program Designto book home
by Adobe 978-0-201-14396-6 paperback
birth 1982 age: 32
publisher Addison-Wesley
published 1988-01-11
Also known as the Green Book. This explains how PostScript works under the hood. PostScript made little sense to me until I read this book. Then again I come from a Forth background, and like to think very concretely about what is going on.
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book cover recommend book⇒Adobe Type 1 Font Formatto book home
by Adobe 978-0-201-57044-1 paperback
birth 1982 age: 32
publisher Addison Wesley
published 1990-01-01
Known as the White Book. This explains how PostScript fonts work under the hood, including the formerly secret proprietary encryption technique. You can probably live without this book, but I found it satisfied a deep set of curiosity itches. Also available free in PDF format.
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Aandi Inston’s wrote a remarkable (but expensive  $420.00 CAD ) tool for composing and debugging PostScript PSAlter.

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