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File Extension PS

What is a Vector Image?

The .ps file extension is under the Vector Image File category, which is being used by the PostScript language as an additional function to Adobe products, like Illustrator, Photoshop, and Acrobat. The initial release of this file extension was in 1984, by Adobe Systems Incorporated.

The creation of PostScript, as well as the .ps file, stems from the need for a more accurate and high-quality publishing system, particularly as the older application causes incompatibility issues between the printing device and the computer system.

Before, people need to manually line up the contents in a page and have them photographed, to be later sent to the printing plate to make copies of the document. The PostScript application can accomplish all these, and automatically produce a printed copy in less time and without any extra cost.

The file with the PS format contains images for both vector graphics and text that can be printed and edited using the above applications, or printed directly using a PostScript printer. A PostScript is defined as a PDL, or a page description language, which describes the text and graphical content of a certain page. One main function of the application is to define the actual appearance of both graphics and text, whether in screen or printed output.

In simple terms, a basic postscript document (.ps) contains descriptions of all objects in your document; from images to line arts, and texts to shapes. Other information includes instructions and other linked files that will connect it to certain output devices.

Aside from output devices, the .ps file can also be opened by other applications, like Adobe Acrobat, and can be converted into PDF format - which is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh system platforms.


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