#14071 closed enhancement (fixed)

ghostscript-9.53.2

Reported by: Bruce Dubbs Owned by: Bruce Dubbs
Priority: normal Milestone: 10.1
Component: BOOK Version: SVN
Severity: normal Keywords:
Cc:

Description

New point version.

Change History (3)

comment:1 by Bruce Dubbs, 10 months ago

Owner: changed from blfs-book to Bruce Dubbs
Status: newassigned

comment:2 by Bruce Dubbs, 10 months ago

Version 9.53.2 (2020-09-25)

Highlights in this release include:

  • The 9.53.2 release is primarily maintenance.
  • Three issues arose with 9.53.0/1 that prompted the release of a .2 patch:
    • A crash (or silent, erroneous exit) on 64 bit Windows and other LLP64 type environments.
    • A parameter type mismatch that would cause Ghostcript to error out during initialisation, which affected 64 big, big endian architectures.
    • An expected side effect of another change that prevented multithreaded rendering and background rendering from working correctly.
    Details of those can be found in the changelog.
  • The most obvious change is the (re-)introduction of the patch level to the version number, this helps facilitate a revised policy on handling security related issues. To clarify: in the event we decide to release a patch revision, it will replace the release with the previous patch number. Release notes, highlights and warnings will remain the same, except for the addition of whatever fix(es) prompted the patch.
  • Our efforts in code hygiene and maintainability continue.
  • We have added the capability to build with the Tesseract OCR engine. In such a build, new devices are available (pdfocr8/pdfocr24/pdfocr32) which render the output file to an image, OCR that image, and output the image "wrapped" up as a PDF file, with the OCR generated text information included as "invisible" text (in PDF terms, text rendering mode 3).
    Due to some patches to the Tesseract sources that are required (integrated upstream, but awaiting release), time constraints, and the experimental nature of the feature, we only support including Tesseract from source, not linking to Tesseract shared libraries. Whether we add this capability will be largely dependant on community demand for the feature. See Enabling OCR for more details.
  • We have added Python bindings for the gsapi interface, can be found in demos/python. These are experimental, and we welcome feedback from interested developers.
  • For those integrating Ghostscript/GhostPDL via the gsapi interface, we have added new capabilities to that, specifically in terms of setting and interrogating device parameters. These, along with the existing interface calls, are documented in: Ghostscript Interpreter API
  • IMPORTANT: In consultation with a representative of (OpenPrinting) it is our intention to deprecate and, in the not distant future, remove the OpenPrinting Vector/Raster Printer Drivers (that is, the opvp and oprp devices). If you rely on either of these devices, please get in touch with us, so we can discuss your use case, and revise our plans accordingly.
  • IMPORTANT: We have forked LittleCMS2 into LittleCMS2mt (the "mt" indicating "multi-thread"). LCMS2 is not thread safe and cannot be made thread safe without breaking the ABI. Our fork will be thread safe and include performance enhancements (these changes have all be been offered and rejected upstream). We will maintain compatibility between Ghostscript and LCMS2 for a time, but not in perpetuity. If there is sufficient interest, our fork will be available as its own package separately from Ghostscript (and MuPDF).
  • The usual round of bug fixes, compatibility changes, and incremental improvements.

comment:3 by Bruce Dubbs, 10 months ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: assignedclosed

Fixed at revision 23764.

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