GIMP + Ghostscript on MacOS?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by tikku22, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. tikku22 macrumors newbie

    tikku22

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    #1
    Hi folks... was wondering if anyone had info on how to install Ghostscript on MacOS. I am particularly interested to create .EPS files via GIMP 2.8. I've searched the web, including GIMP and Ghostscript forums and the info I find is just too technical and over-my-head.

    Thanks!
    Paras.
     
  2. prisstratton macrumors 6502a

    prisstratton

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    I have not done this for a few years, but here goes.

    From what I understand and how I did it previously you need to install “homebrew”, this is essentially a package manager for Mac. It is very similar in functionality to Linux package managers.

    A package manager should look for all other libraries and support files that are required to make the application (package) run correctly on your system and install them, if required.

    Here is a page you can follow that will allow you to install Ghostscript.

    http://macappstore.org/ghostscript/

    The reason I gave you the pre-amble is because I wanted to explain what the commands are doing.

    The first command installs the homebrew package manager, once that is in place the final command “brew install ghostscript” will do as it sounds and install the ghostscript package.

    I just tested this on my Mac and after the package manager was installed a reboot was required. After the reboot any attempt to run the final command (brew install ghostscript) was met with a requirement to update my command line tools via the app store. I opened the app store and it offered the update for me to install. When this was complete the final command completed successfully.

    As I said, it has been a few years since I did this, but everything worked okay for me.

    I hope this helps.
     
  3. tikku22 thread starter macrumors newbie

    tikku22

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    OK... thank you... it looks like Ghostscript 9.23 has installed successfully.

    Now, what's the next step in creating a .EPS file? I don't see an Export to EPS command in GIMP 2.8.

    Thanks!
    Paras.




     
  4. dchperemi macrumors newbie

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    I wanted to add (I found this forum while googling for a way to run EPS in GIMP on a Mac)-- this tutorial doesn't work :(
    I downloaded homebrew, ran ghostscript, did all the steps on the linked article, and it appears to have downloaded OK. But I still can't open EPS file in GIMP. Not sure what else I need to do. Just wanted to add this for anyone else googling around.
     
  5. prisstratton macrumors 6502a

    prisstratton

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    I think a little clarification is required here.

    When I responded to the original posting it was my impression/assumption that the person needed help installing Gimp via Ghostscript and that they already knew how to use the end product (Gimp) to do what they wanted.

    Clearly that is not the case and from what I have read online you cannot do what you want without performing some type of conversion (available online).

    I guess that is one of the pitfalls of communicating like this, you do not always exactly read or understand what a person actually wants or needs.

    I hope you find a solution to your problem(s).

    Regards…….
     

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