Artifex Software, Inc. and artofcode LLC are pleased to announce the release of GPL Ghostscript 8.56. This is the latest in the 8.5x stable series.

This new release has seen a great deal of work to improve conformance with the Quality Logic PS CET suite. Where close imitation of the reference implementation is required, we now provide a '' helper file which can be prefixed to a job to set certain optional defaults.

Also new in this release:

  • Better support for 64 bit platforms.
  • The .ps library files and Resources tree are now compiled into Ghostscript by default. This means -Ilib is no longer needed when running gs uninstalled. Run './configure --disable-compile-inits' or set COMPILE_INITS=0 in the makefile to recover the old behaviour. The library files are still installed for reference.
  • New '-o <outputfile>' convenience option for writing output to a file. This is equivalent to '-dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sOutputFile=<outputfile>'.
  • Numerous bug fixes and rendering improvements.

See the file doc/Changes.htm in the distribution for a complete list of changes.

The release is available from the usual locations:

MD5 checksums:

 498015a278308d147bea563be2c5165e  ghostscript-8.56.tar.bz2
 dcf20574f85b3c302e8982dcf427eb7c  ghostscript-8.56.tar.gz
 6865682b095f8c4500c54b285ff05ef6  ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
 800b7c3ceba7a07fe14478c44d9f48ec  gs856w32.exe
 237c58c1f2fa66fff08ef3331680d1c9  gs856w64.exe

Thanks to everyone whose hard work made this release possible!