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  • Postscript is gone, long live TrueType and OpenType

    Fantastic article - thanks for the memories.

    Postscript is not dead - it lives on as a compressed format called....PDF.   
    I work with Raster Image Processors (RIPs) that drive the print industry in Newspaper publishing and magazine work. 
    The only fonts we really encounter in professional pre-press these days are TrueType fonts - nearly always embedded within the PDF.

    We still very occasionally have to write tiny bits of postscript code that we feed to the RIP to rasterise into bitmaps that are added to templates that surround printed copy required for industrial equipment with very fine tolerances... eg.  :smile: 

    statusdict begin
    /jobname (RegisterMark) def
    end

    /in {72 mul} def
    /mm {25.4 div in} def

    << /PageSize [ 6 mm 1 mm] >> setpagedevice

    % Register is two 1mm dots 5mm centres in a 6 x 1 mm box

    0 0 translate
    0.5 mm 0.5 mm 0.5 mm 0 360 arc
    0 0 0 1 setcmykcolor
    fill

    5.5 mm 0.5 mm 0.5 mm 0 360 arc
    0 0 0 1 setcmykcolor
    fill

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