In order to open the postscript file foo.ps you
will need for example GSview. It is a graphical interface for Ghostscript. The
most recent version can be downloaded from http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/
One can download it from various other sites as well,
for example from the CTANs (Comprehensive TeX Archive Network), see for a list
of mirrors www.ctan.org
. It is free, and it is ported for various
operational systems (incl. UNIX, LINUX, MacOS, MSWindows, VMS).
If you are UNIX user, the standard Image Viewer will do as well.
Note that if you have to transfer a postscript file via FTP, it is an
ascii file, so set the ascii transfer mode. Most of the common browsers
(Mozilla, Firefox, IE, Google Chrome) usually recognize the postscript format when
downloading a file.
Gzipped postscript files.
(This info is a bit out-of-date. We no longer keep gzipped pdf files.
Practice shows that a pdf file shrinks some 15 to 25 % when gzipped. We
do keep gzipped postscript files since the compression works fine with
them. Thus most of the links to gzipped pdf files are broken. If by
chance the link to some pdf file is broken please contact us.)
Gzip is a standard UNIX compressing tool. We chose it since there are
clones of it that work in virtually every operating system. Gzip
reduces significantly the file size (the postscript files tend to be
huge, especially if one embeds graphic files). If your connection is
relatively slow (for example if you are connecting via modem) then it
is better to download the gzipped file.
In order to open gzipped files you will need a specific program. UNIX and LINUX users can try on the command line
gzip -d foo.ps.gz
in order to decompress the file foo.ps.gz. If this does not work right then you can try the following on the command line:
and then read the description of the available options in your system for gzip.
In MS Windows operating systems the usual Winzip (www.winzip.com
) can do the job. (Winzip is
shareware.) Else you can use the Aladdin Expander (free); download it from www.aladdinsys.com
. Another free
gzip/gunzip program for MSWindows is wingz11, you can download it from home.hiwaay.net/~crispen/src/#wingz
(the program is GPL-ed), or from here
The file we keep is *.exe, it is sufficient to download it (as a binary file),
save it to some (temporary) folder on your disk. Then run it by clicking on it.
Answer "yes" to all questions the system will ask. Do not forget to
read the accompanying documents. Alternatively, visit www.gzip.org
for the most recent issues
concernig gzip/gunzip. Another very good (de-)compressing program
MSWindows is Power Archiver. It does the same job as Winzip and much more, in
user-friendly way. You can download it from www.powerarchiver.com
(it used to be free but now it is commercial). Instead you may wish to
try the excellent 7zip program. It is free (GPL-ed), open source
program; you can download it from www.7-zip.org
It works under MS Windows but on its homepage you may find a command line port for UNIX.
MS operating systems come with some built-in capabilities of reading
and extracting compressed files. Surely there are very many utilities
for extracting and compressing files. We do not intend to list all of
them as it seems (almost) impossible. We decided not to put in the list
above the excellent utility Iceows
since there have been reported several incompatibilities with MS Windows Vista and 7 (in their 64 bits versions).
In MacOS, you can use Aladdin Expander (free),
download it from www.aladdinsys.com/expander
(Note that Aladdin offer a version of it for LINUX as well.) The Aladdin offer
a range of commercial software for Macintosh, for details consult their home
When you decompress the file foo.ps.gz, check
what the name of the newly created file is. If it is foo.ps, you can open it
with GSView (or the program you use for such files). If it is anything else it
is better to rename it to foo.ps, and then open it.
The vast majority of files were prepared using TeX/LaTeX and PDFLaTeX
afterwards. There are very few files prepared (long ago) using MS Word but these were
converted to postscript or pdf as well. The PDF (Portable Document Format) files can
be opened and printed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download and use
it for free from the Adobe site www.adobe.com
Note that GSView opens PDF files as well. If you are UNIX/LINUX user
find a range of PDF viewers already installed in your distribution.
There are lots of programs for every operating system that can view and
print pdf files.
The info contained in this page is provided on the “as is” basis. That is if you
decide to follow our advice you do it at your own risk, and we assume no responsibility.
If you think that something might go wrong and corrupt some files on your
computer/system then please ask your local computer guru for help.
If you encounter problems with the files (for example they do not open,
open but are not readable, or are corrupted, or even there is something
wrong with the links) please contact the maintainer of these pages at publimat <at> ime <dot> unicamp <dot> br
But please do not expect an instant answer.
The maintainer of these pages takes it as sort of
so one cannot expect that I would read
the above address every (other) day...
If you would like to contact some of our authors then please go to our
Institute home page on Internet, and look for their addresses. We
decided not to provide the authors' e-mails in order to reduce the junk
mail (every little helps...)
One further advice. The contents of every research report we maintain
on our pages is provided by its authors. The authors are responsible
for the contents of their reports and not the maintainer of these