PS, Adobe PostScript File (.ps)

The PS Misc file format

Files with the PS extension were originally developed by Adobe Systems in 1982. These files are used by various publishing industries. Earlier to the development of PostScript, it was not feasible to print text and images on the same page. Development of PostScript facilitated this by defining a language that permitted various applications to instruct the printer how to display objects on a same page. Publishing was revolutionized by PS file types permitting certain items to be printed that formerly could only be printed on specialist CAD printers.

Technical details of PS files

PS (PostScript) is basically a file type and a programming language as well. Quark Xpress and Adobe Acrobat are the applications that typically create files with a PS extension which are being widely used today. The majority of programs and printers can open this file type. Files with the PS extensions usually comprise of a set of instructions that tell the printers what to print, and provide the co-ordinates on the page of where a text or an object should be printed.

More information about the PS file format

File extension .ps
File category Misc
Associated programs ACD Systems ACDSee (Windows)
ACD Systems Canvas (Windows)
Adobe Acrobat (Windows & Mac)
Adobe Illustrator (Windows & Mac)
Adobe Photoshop (Windows & Mac)
Adobe Photoshop Elements (Windows & Mac)
Evince (Linux)
GPL Ghostscript (Windows)
GSView (Windows & Linux)
Inkscape (Windows, Mac & Linux)
Useful links Obtain detailed information on PS file formats here
Developer Adobe Systems
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