Help Viewing PostScript and PDF Files
What are PDF and PS Files?
- PS (PostScript)
- Postscript is a device independent programming language
with powerful graphics capabilities. It was created by Adobe
Systems Incorporated in 1985 and has been extended since then.
Postscript files typically end in an
extension ".ps" or an extension ".eps" for an encapsulated postscript
- PDF (Portable Document Format).
- PDF files are sometimes called Acrobat files after Adobe's Acrobat
reader. PDF is relatively new format from Adobe. It is closely
related to PostScript, but has built-in support for hyperlinks.
PDF files typically end ".pdf" extension.
Applications for Viewing PostScript and PDF files
- Adobe's Acrobat reader - for PDF and PS files.
You can download Acrobat Reader from the Adobe web site by following the
For a limited set of operating systems, help with Acrobat Reader and other applications through Northeastern Illinois University can be
found at the help desk.
Most of the information and assistance at the NEIU's Unviversity Computing is geared towards
as opposed to
or, as it is sometimes called,
open source software .
- Postscript Viewers
- Xpdf -
An X-windows PDF viewer.
You can download PDF or PS files and view them with one of the
applications above, or you can configure your browser to
start one of these applications automatically.
For Adobe's Acrobat Reader and Netscape Communicator:
To configure netscape to launch Adobe Acrobat when you click on a link to a
PDF file do the following:
- From Netscape Communicator select Edit.
- In the window that pops up select Preferences.
- A small box will open up. Click on the little triange | >
to the left of the word Navigator.
- Select Applications.
- Select New.
- Enter the following information
Description: Portable Document Format
- Click on the browse button to show Netscape where you
put Acrobat, or Enter the complete path name to Acrobat
followed by %s. For example, on a GNU/Linux system:
- Click on the button to the left of Application.
Other Help Pages
A useful link for help on pdf and postscript files can be found
It can also be downloaded or from the