"As most of you probably know by now, I am taking on the
maintainership of Ghostscript from L. Peter Deutsch. I am very
grateful to Peter for creating such a useful, high quality tool,
and humbly hope to maintain the high standards he has set."
"Ghostscript is a very mature piece of software. At the same
time, I believe it has the potential to be one of the most exciting
and dynamic projects out there. There is a lot of work to be done,
especially closer integration with other projects. Ghostscript is
currently an essential component of printing and imaging on Unix,
and I think it can grow even more into that role as both documents
and user interfaces become more graphically intense...."
"We plan a 6.50 intermediate release of Ghostscript very soon.
This release primarily contains a raft of bug fixes over 6.01 and
many more operations handled at a high level in the pdf
"The next major release is scheduled for the first quarter of
next year. Development priorities include imaging (support for PDF
1.4 transparency and blending, interpretation of ICC color
profiles, and DeviceN and Separation color spaces), and dynamically
"Between Artifex and myself, we have the resources to implement
these features for the 7.0 release. There is another class of
features I'd love to see in 7.0, but it will only happen with
development and support from the community. To me, the most
interesting among these is a GUI so that Ghostscript becomes a
viable competitor to Adobe Acrobat Reader. More about this
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