Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) is a PostScript document format that conforms to Document Structuring Conventions (DSC) in order to be usable as a graphics file format. EPS files are more-or-less self-contained, reasonably predictable PostScript documents that describe an image or drawing and can be placed within another PostScript document. An EPS file is essentially a PostScript program, saved as a single file that includes a low-resolution preview "encapsulated" within it, allowing some programs to display a preview on the screen.
An EPS file contains a BoundingBox DSC comment, describing the rectangle containing the image described by the EPS file. Applications can use this information to lay out the page, even if they are unable to directly render the PostScript inside.
EPS, together with DSC's Open Structuring Conventions, form the basis of early versions of the Adobe Illustrator Artwork file format.
See also[edit | edit source]
- PDF (Portable Document Format)
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- Encapsulated PostScript — File Format Specification, Version 3.0 by Adobe Systems (1992-05-01)
- PostScript vs. PDF: Why do we offer two printing technologies? How do they differ? by David Evans (archived 2008-05-20)
- What is Encapsulated PostScript? by Peter Weingartner, A First Guide to PostScript (2006-02-24)
- EPS: a programming language by MJ Rutter, University of Cambridge (2005)
- Encapsulated PostScript at Wikipedia
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