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Excellent Free Tutorials to Learn PostScript

PostScript is an interpreted, stack-based language similar to Forth but with strong dynamic typing, data structures inspired by those found in Lisp, scoped memory and, since language level 2, garbage collection.

The language syntax uses reverse Polish notation, which makes the order of operations unambiguous, but reading a program requires some practice.

PostScript is a Turing-complete programming language, belonging to the concatenative group. This means that any program you can write in any programming language, you can write in PostScript (albeit it will be slower).

PostScript files are (generally) plain text files and as such they can easily be generated by hand or as the output of user written programs. As with most programming languages, postscript files (programs) are intended to be, at least partially, human-readable.

Here’s our recommended tutorials to learn PostScript.


1. The Tiny Guide for PostScript Markup by David Byram-Wigfield

This is a 90 page PDF that’s a great way to start learning about PostScript.

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2. PostScript Tutorial by Paul Bourke

PostScript Tutorial is designed as a first tutorial to the PostScript language. It focuses on how to use Postscript to generate graphics rather than explore it as a programming language. By the end you should feel confident about writing simple PostScript programs for drawing graphics and text.

Read the tutorial


3. Quick PostScript Programming Tutorial by Ruben Berenguel

This tutorial explains to the reader basic information to get started with PostScript.

Read the tutorial


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