NOTE: This page has been updated on August 30, 1999 to include the latest version (5.50) Ghostscript and version 2.7 of GSView. If you have any questions, please go to the Ghostscript, Ghostview and GSview page.
When you process a .tex file with LaTeX, the compiler produces a Device Independent file, or .DVI file. You can view or print .DVI files directly with the YAP program included in Christian Schenk's MiKTeX. However, for printing and viewing, it's also a good idea to have PostScript capabilities. Here's how you do it. You convert the .DVI file to a .PS file by issuing the command dvips -o myfile.ps myfile.dvi from the command prompt or by choosing dvips from the command menu in Emacs/AucTeX. Then you can view or print the file using the Ghostview program, which uses Ghostscript, a free implementation of Adobe's Postscript.
Installing GSView and Ghostscript used to be somewhat of a pain. Now, it's all available in one file.
1) Create a new folder called c:\GS
2) Download ftp://ftp.cs.wisc.edu/ghost/aladdin/gs550/gsv27550.exe into c:\GS
3) Using the explorer, double click on gsv27550.exe to extract and install the software. You can accept the defaults for every dialog box that comes up.
4) Run GSView from the GS Tools program group (it should be under Start -> Programs -> GS Tools). A configuration dialog box will come up. One of the boxes will ask you where GSView should search for additional fonts. Change the default from c:\psfonts to c:\texmf\fonts\type1 unless you already have other Type I fonts you wish to use.
5) From the GSView program, choose from the menu Media -> Display Settings. At the bottom are two settings for Text Alpha and Graphics Alpha -- make sure both are set to 4. This will maximize screen anti-aliasing, which makes reading files on the screen easier on the eyes. (US users may also want to change the default papersize from A4 to Letter using the same menu.)
When you finish, this program will have installed both Ghostscript 5.50 and GSView 2.7. It will also associate all files with .ps, and .eps with Ghostview so that double clicking on any such file will launch Ghostview..
For more information, check out the Ghostscript, Ghostview and
GSview homepage (a product of the University of Wisconsin!).